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Honda434 04-16-2019 04:33 AM

Fixing a K fiberglass solo tail.

keepitgreen 04-16-2019 04:52 AM

Cool deal!

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evan_calgary 04-16-2019 06:10 AM

Very Nice!

Given these were fiberglass from the factory how do you identify a 'stock' K solo tail?

I have 3 of them sitting here 2 of which I believe are OEM. They still have the internal foam in exactly the same spots. The 3rd I was told was aftermarket but the only way I think I could diferentiate is by having the tail sit right next to the originals.

Necron9d9 04-16-2019 11:47 AM

Great find Honda, you'll definitely "get it there" as you said. Awesome that you're going to save another original tail.

I found a pristine race team takeoff a few years ago, paid $500, and then- UPS did their best/worst... Hammered hard and cracks aplenty so I kept it for $100 and it will probably take another $500 to fully sort it out. Wish you were local.

ALSO- CABINETS! Don't know if you finished your shop and hung them up yet but still totally curious to check them out installed.

Honda434 04-16-2019 04:36 PM

Cabinets not hung yet. Holding off on shop thinking of getting a bigger house now. I have another 92 K that’s missing parts so I really needed the tail. Told the guy I bought it off of about the forum so we might have a new member with a J model lurking around. I’d like to see a photo of the race team tail for sure for sure.

Necron9d9 04-17-2019 12:17 AM

I fully concur, the cabinets are in fact so sick they truly deserve a much bigger, better, badder lab to be installed in. Like your thinking there.

Hope your parts buddy does decide to join the forum as we need new members with builds to keep things going and interesting. Several of the other forums have really slowed up as of late which makes no sense in spring.

Re the race tail, no amigo, it's a stocker that looks well, just like your cabinets... with a total of 11 miles use on it from the dealership to the shop in '92 where it was boxed up and replaced by a full set of race bodywork. Mint. That's why I was so pissed when OOPS mashed the hell out of it, I just knew it was all just too good to be true. At first the neighbors were a little put off and confused as to why I was on my knees in the driveway, cradling an abused box, screaming FAAAHHHHHHHHHKKKKKKK!!!!

Then they got it. Beers were later delivered in consolation. Kind folk.

Looking forward to how yours turns out though.

Honda434 05-01-2019 06:19 PM

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Had some time to strip the tail down. Here’s some photos where you can see all the different colors it’s been and the original white,green and blue. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...b255afc8ad.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...7540f5ab9e.jpg

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Honda434 05-02-2019 04:56 AM

Ok first thing I want to tackle on the tail is the missing lower section below the tail light. With that piece missing itís real weak and flimsy.
Going to start by molding a piece of metal to the shape I want and attach it to the outside of the tail. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...af824af423.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6a6dbd5582.jpg
This is the basic shape I needed just have to trim down the final fit.

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Honda434 05-02-2019 06:45 AM

Putting a little mold release on the metal parts just so the fiberglass will pull away easyhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...c43f43eeed.jpg
Marked my tail off where I want my patch to line up to. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...974e003e56.jpg
Now ready to put my panel on. Just lining it up and putting on with tape. I want it to be able to remove it easy.

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Honda434 05-02-2019 05:44 PM

Now itís time to lay out some fiberglass. Putting the fiberglass mixed with resin on the inside up against the metal bracket. After itís dry Iíll remove the bracket and grind the fiberglass then lay more glass down on the outside. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...99f6b02e22.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6f2a326cb3.jpg

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Honda434 05-03-2019 06:08 AM

Couple photos of the fiberglass with the metal brace removed. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...07f463b44e.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...59ddd2dc22.jpg
Then I flipped it over and ground down the fiberglass so I could lay some on the outside of the panel. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...67e1ead633.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...5938bfa9c3.jpg

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Honda434 05-24-2019 04:34 AM

Ground down the fiberglass on the outside. I didnít think it was strong enough yet so I laid some more on. If you want to do it the same as I did donít put enough Hardener in the mix. That way when you come in the next day you can spend an hour cleaning up that mess. I also took an 1/8 inch drill bit and at the end of any crack drilled a hole to stop the cracks from traveling any further. Ground the inside where the cracks were and laid some more glass down. Just have to finalize around the seat pad where the lock goes. Then I can start to straighten the outside. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...fa807b0608.jpg

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ninjanut 05-24-2019 05:00 AM

Very nice work!!

Honda434 05-27-2019 08:19 AM

Got the area where the lock goes dialed in and some straightening done on the outside. Doing the first primer coats just to see where Iím at with it. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...ab1e98abf8.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...bee52a632e.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...7e9ddb2006.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...a7ec98350e.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...40b00f9b2d.jpg

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Honda434 05-29-2019 05:27 AM

Dialed in the rest of the straightening after I primed. Then I primed it again and sanded it down with 600 grit sand paper. Then three coats of white and three coats of pearl, little clear and the first part of the paint job is done. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...202eff5ecb.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...e7647591fd.jpg

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Honda434 06-04-2019 10:23 AM

Put some green down, blue is next. Just gotta work on the color. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...347620ba32.jpg

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mte78 06-04-2019 04:50 PM

That looks great.

You got some talent for sure

Honda434 06-06-2019 07:59 AM

Got the blue dialed in. Hard color Iíve worked on this color a few times in the past finally got a mix Iím happy with where it is close to factory and the stickers on the side plastic. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...73b137e058.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...330e3e6a1f.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...9914d95cea.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...398728270d.jpg

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Honda434 06-06-2019 08:13 AM

The next step will be to sand it all down and put a couple coats of clear over the whole tail. Have to order some billboard decals to finish it off.

evan_calgary 06-06-2019 08:15 AM

Looks excellent!

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