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Old 07-24-2014, 04:57 PM   #1
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Lightning McQueen True (Dry) Carbon Fiber Build (TheKid13)

Carbon Fiber Prototype Parts Have Arrived! Fenders Bottom Of Page 1. Hood Page 2! Carbon Fiber Parts! For Sale! Dry Carbon Fiber Parts For The Price Of Flimsy Wet Carbon Fiber! 100% Carbon Fiber! NHTSA Approved For Street Use Not Just Off Road! No Hydodipping Here! Follow For More Details

So I’ve finally decided to start my journal, a little late some might say since I’m half way done. My original plan was never to get this deep into cars, just buy and drive them. But somewhere along the line I got hooked and even changed my profession to better suit my new growing hobby.


Every night I go to sleep under a blanket of red white and blue. When I go to sleep I look up at the stars... All 50 of them. A quick look around my room revels my way of life. God first, country, state, and cars!
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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Late winter of 2012 I was out shopping for a new permanent car. Up to this point I had been leasing along with my family. My first cars where Nissan Altimas (2), a Ford Explorer, and the nicest car I had leased, a VW CC. I did not know what I wanted, but I did know that it had to be better than previous as far as power, interior, value, and appearance. Here are my choices in descending order… Challenger, Jeep, Camaro, Taurus, Edge, Fiat, Mustang. I reviewed them and test drove them all. Each with its pro’s and cons. All it really came down to was the finance and options. I wanted a base car, no nav, no cameras, no seat warmers or ass scratchers… I mean vibrating seats. Some dealers (No specifics) wanted to charge me double what my credit tier qualified me for. Ended up with the Camaro last minute. They called me and told me they just got one in, color, option, everything I wanted. Victory Red RS Package. Happiest day of my life so far…
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:09 PM   #3
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Started taking pictures right away. This is next morning to send to my friend to make him jealous...
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:13 PM   #4
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He called me right away and says lets meet asap. So I head over there and well the rest is history...
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:24 PM   #5
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Some more photos for my friend and to keep a record. Also Started to experiment with cf wrap at the request of my friend
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:28 PM   #6
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All while the miles racked up as everyone wanted to go out for drives
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:34 PM   #7
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Then on my way to work a shredded big rig tire comes flying at me. I had one car next to me and I could not see if the other lane was open. So I slammed on the brakes. It made contact with the bottom of the bumper and dislodged it and the air deflector. I just started my new job and didn't have time to do a full inspection so I left it overnight at towing company garage. They were nice enough to send me photo updates.
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:41 PM   #8
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Early next morning I go survey the damage. Turns out it was drivable and all I had to do was snap and bolt everything back together. With the help of the employees I dressed it back up and drove it home slowly. Then surveyed the damage, took pictures, called an adjuster. $1575 for repair. Then proceeded to wash it and buff out what I could. Came out great!
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:53 PM   #9
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Right before the accident I started buying little nick knacks to spice up the car. Such as reverse light bezels from drake, eagle eye black tail light bezels, and ambient foot well lighting and red license plate lights from phastek. I also had v6 badges on the fenders to replace camaro badges. Til someone stole them ($5 worth cheap plastic) and damaged my fenders in the process ($500 worth).
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:57 PM   #10
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The story continues...
I will post more pics once I have organized them and update the story. Stay posted!
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:27 PM   #11
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Great job man. I love the blacked bezels on the rear. I may have add a few things to my car now!
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:41 PM   #12
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Great thread! Happy you were ok after the crazy tire came at you, that can be super dangerous. Awesome car man!
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:28 PM   #13
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Great job man. I love the blacked bezels on the rear. I may have add a few things to my car now!
yeah the chrome wasn't cutting it for me
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:29 PM   #14
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Great thread! Happy you were ok after the crazy tire came at you, that can be super dangerous. Awesome car man!
Thnx and now its come a long way... Still posting... Give me time
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:33 PM   #15
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Not to continue on with bad news... but... yeah...

Still kinda mad since no reply from any rep. Its ok I got plans for this... In upcoming posts...
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:36 PM   #16
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Did research and decided if I was going to pay $1500 for new base bumper I might as well upgrade to nicer bumper... Enter ZLawesome...
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:39 PM   #17
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While waiting for new bumper to be painted I decided to take a look at what I could do for my interior. Que the music lol
Only took measurements and part numbers
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:53 PM   #18
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Got it back 1 day after. Almost to excited to sleep. And nervous, no space to put it without scratching it or damaging it. Morning comes, get my ass to work. Note I did not have the foglamps installed til later... Upcoming posts...
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:10 PM   #19
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Started noticing a difference in the way the car handled in corners. Took it to get an alignment. Turns out it didn't need it all specs were good (Will post results later). But the front tires were really showing wear from my canyon runs with the guys. Checked the brakes, they were good. So I got new rears and reused my rears on the front. Current setup 275/40/20 & 285/35/20
I got a hellova whatever you can call it on my way to my friends house. Check it out. Got a temp replace til I got new Pirelli. Also some curb rash from canyon runs.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:30 PM   #20
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The Real Show! Lightning McQueen

Things have recently started picking up since I now mostly work from home. So I decided after a long hiatus of work to really overhaul my car. Starting with finishing the bumper, the fog lamps. Then I installed the zl1 rocker panels, and 1le rims. After installing I went for a quick drive to settle the lug nuts. All of a sudden a loud thud and shake. I pull over to investigate, fearing I blew a tire. Turns out I blew out the inner wheel well panels. I used to remove them a lot to get to the lights and bumper assembly so they lost strength. No damage to the car thankfully. So next week, new panels, harness, maybe brake cooling ducts.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:33 PM   #21
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More next week after more pics and exciting news for those interested in complete performance! Stay posted

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Old 07-25-2014, 06:27 PM   #22
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Car looks great man I like how u changed the front bumper to a zl1 bumper and i really like the red interior lights for the footwell, Also the blacked out bezels in the back
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:38 PM   #23
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Car looks great man I like how u changed the front bumper to a zl1 bumper and i really like the red interior lights for the footwell, Also the blacked out bezels in the back
Thank you. Yeah the chrome wasn't cutting it for me. Black is the new chrome.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:49 PM   #24
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REAL CARBON FIBER!!! Teaser

So I just got my prototype today. It came late in the day so I wont be able to assemble till tomorrow. Here are the fist looks. Now this one is wet carbon fiber hand land and vacuum cured. The final product which will be for sale for those interested will be 100% dry carbon fiber cured in an autoclave. This is just a prototype and final design may vary. So my car is officially a mule. Other CF products coming this week. If your interested in purchasing save this thread and I will update on a weekly basis on status of products. Turnaround is generally 6-8 months, I started back in April so sometime in late Oct early Nov order should be complete. Limited supply. Enjoy
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:56 PM   #25
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So one crucial thing I forgot to mention is that the finished product will have a stamp of approval from NHTSA. Something that no other CF manufactures offer. They classify their products as "intended for off road use only". Also wet fiber is slightly heavier and less rigid than dry fiber. The one big draw back to any CF part, besides cost is that it is hazardous if ever snapped. The particles are microscopic and if inhaled are deadly. That is why during huge crashes at f1 events they close down the track immediately and completely.
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