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Re: Fiberglass bashing ( a bit long - sorry)




> Hello all.  I just had to get my .03 cents in here.  I have to first say that
> I don't necessarily disagree with many of the specific comments made about
> fiberglass for structural parts.  I do however disagree with the
> generalization that is kind of forming the fiberglass parts are no good.

This was a good post and I agree with every bit of it.  The point I 
would make is that fiberglass CAN be used to make good structural 
pieces, but that the pieces need to be designed carefully with the 
characteristics of fiberglass in mind, particularly at joints.

Since we are talking here about replacing parts that were originally 
designed in steel, it is important to understand that these parts 
were designed with the characteristics of steel in mind.  If I just 
copy those in fiberglass it will never be acceptable.

Thus there will never be a good way to attach the  seat rails to a 
fiberglass pan, because these were designed to be attached at a few 
discrete points, bad design for fiberglass.

Jim
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Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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