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Old 09-18-2013, 08:57 PM   #11
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Re: fiberglass or steel?

You can see the pictures on my blog of how i did mine. I used cardboard to make templates after the frame was made. Good luck, it was not easy.

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Old 09-18-2013, 09:13 PM   #12
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A good HVAC person can do amazing things with sheet metal. Find a local person. Perhaps for pizza and beer, they will cut and bend the metal for you. I know a guy here who would do just that. You might have to throw in a bottle of whiskey as well.
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You can see the pictures on my blog of how i did mine. I used cardboard to make templates after the frame was made. Good luck, it was not easy.

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Thanks, Lucky I only have ten inch raise to worry about. Mine should be a little simpler.
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Re: fiberglass or steel?

I think fiberglass would be way easier than cobbling it up out of steel. Make a form out of cardboard or foam, lay on your glass fabric then slather on some resin. Make it thick and rigid enough so you can bolt it down for a good seal to the rest of the roof. Almost any shape is easy with fiberglass.
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I think fiberglass would be way easier than cobbling it up out of steel. Make a form out of cardboard or foam, lay on your glass fabric then slather on some resin. Make it thick and rigid enough so you can bolt it down for a good seal to the rest of the roof. Almost any shape is easy with fiberglass.
SInce I'm running out of time this year I will "cobble" something out of steel. If I do not like it, next spring I can try fiberglass. I getting to be a pro at removing rivets and can remove the new steel and replace it with the fiberglass, if I can get something that looks good and works. That is a big if, since I have never done fiberglass.
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:21 PM   #16
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Re: fiberglass or steel?

"Make a form out of cardboard or foam, lay on your glass fabric then slather on some resin." Not so sure about this one unless you're using epoxy resin. Polyester resins will melt your foam right away. Epoxy would be a better choice anyhow as it's technically an adhesive. More expensive but resists the elements way better and stays a bit flexible. I built an epoxy over foam over steel frame utility trailer over 20 years ago and it still looks very nice (think rolling ice box). Painted it with a 3 part acrylic. The lighter mats and cloths (6oz.) conform nicely to irregular shapes as well. Also no visible rivets or screws anywhere on mine. Remember this stuff heats up when catalyzing and thins out just before setting so if on vertical surfaces, a dry wet out (on a table) transfer onto the surface is your friend. Spent almost 25 years in the marine repair business (engines and fiberglass).
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