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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #30 on: July 27, 2008, 06:33:56 pm »
congratulations gentlemen, it's coming together well,

going to look quite long & sleek

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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #31 on: July 27, 2008, 06:44:34 pm »
Getting that C pillar sorted is going to be a mission. There's a few elements that need to come together in order for the rear window to improve the vehicles profile and make it look integrated and 'factory correct'.

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« Reply #32 on: July 27, 2008, 10:23:05 pm »
 ;) looking real goooooooood guys! somebody create an award for these guys in what they do cuase they bloody well deserve it! well done ;D

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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #33 on: July 28, 2008, 07:38:22 am »
Could you not just 'cut' the factory glass to the shape/size you want?
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« Reply #34 on: July 28, 2008, 07:39:17 am »
Could you not just 'cut' the factory glass to the shape/size you want?

Once its made safety glass cannot be cut....
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #35 on: August 04, 2008, 09:16:33 pm »
A short update from last Saturday. We had a great day on the car - John had done some work on Friday arvo to remove the B pillar here was what greeted us on Sat morning.


The fuel filler neck and door on the drivers side add a bit of a challenge. As this adds a lot of complexity we decided to leave the Vento one in place and cut around it. here's a couple of shots pre the final trim.




We then hung the door to check measurements before proceeding with mocking up the Golf sides. Note in this pic the guard is only resting in place and is not lined up.


We then lined up the side of the Golf on the body and scribed out the cut lines. Then it was a matter of removing the side again and cutting out the correct shape, flanging the panels and refitting. Sounds easy in practice but there's a good chunk of work in getting it right. The key is loads of measurements and aside from a small 3mm trim on the bottom sill it all dropped into place beautifully.  :-* :laugh:

The on to the welding, welding, and more welding - but after pushing hard to get as much of it done as possible we ended the day with 90% of the welding done and the drivers side essentially on as per below.




Getting this far has really been an awesome feeling. Sure there is loads of hard stuff to come, most notably recreating the C pillar area, but are going better than we thought we would and from my perspective it's been fantastic fun to be involved with the build. I've learned  an absolute sh/tload of new stuff already.

Rear window glass though is looking like it'll be nearly impossible to get made in NZ. We are investigating the lexan options. Not ideal but kind of goes with the street racer theme. Plus gives us loads of scope for spare "glass" and coming up with whatever shape works best. So we'll see how we go.

Next steps after that are investigate the roll cage options, work on getting the roof done, start fitting the dash, finish the body work (and the endless list of other little things to do  :) Woooohooooooooo - bring it on!)
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #36 on: August 05, 2008, 04:45:51 pm »
A few hours of playtime today resulted in:
Look Ma, no roof!!  ;D

This enabled me to finish welding the inner structure on the roofline where the sides were joined and also fill all the holes left from drilling the old roof off. One of the support braces for the roofpanel was glued onto the sunroof skin so I removed this and welded it back onto the car in the correct spot as it will be near impossible to weld it correctly otherwise.
A quick trial fit of the Golf roof confirmed that everything is going to fit as predicted and although way too long it will fit nice once trimmed.


Should be able to do a bit more tomorow hopefully and see the roof welded back in place with abit of luck.
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #37 on: August 05, 2008, 05:19:47 pm »
Looks good, didn't think the golf roof would be so much longer... Plenty to play with.
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #38 on: August 05, 2008, 05:23:01 pm »
Is that the roof off the VR6?
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #39 on: August 05, 2008, 06:37:07 pm »

a thought on the side windows, why not leave them uncut and sandwich them either side with the extended C pillar inside & out, filling the gap to the glass with a rubber sealing strip?

I hope this pragmatic suggestion doesn't offend your artistic sensibilities  ;D

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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #40 on: August 05, 2008, 09:41:42 pm »
Cam, Yes that is the roof off the VR6. Came in quite handy really and is being put to good use.

Steve, I actually considered this today but I just don't think it will do the car justice and may look a bit rough.
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #41 on: August 05, 2008, 09:52:21 pm »
Is this going to wear a Golf or Vento front end?
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #42 on: August 05, 2008, 10:01:02 pm »
Golf front end of sorts. Filx wants the Vento front for his wagon which he's welcome to.
No decisions yet about lights, grilles etc still looking for suggestions ideas really.
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #43 on: August 05, 2008, 10:06:05 pm »
Cool... I like the Golf front on Ventos :)
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #44 on: August 05, 2008, 10:12:09 pm »
Yeah funny that, people with Golf's want Vento fronts and people with Vento's seem to want Golf fronts  ??? Whats up with that?
We have some good ideas on what we want it to look like but it won't be anything OTT.
Basically going to be full respray to white, completely debadged and the rest is up in the air and will probably change 1000x before all is done.
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