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On 12/12/2019 at 06:50, 21gg said:

Going off the build details from the guy in canada where he bought the mansory panels, the rear clam wasnt a complete clam. Its was a 'top' panel without the boot structure underneath. They had to separate the old clam and bond the new one on. So the 'outer' panel is carbon with the boot box in fg. The front clam again is carbon with any appendages underneath in fg etc but did come as a complete unit as it would ftom the factory. They are not a layer of carbon skinned over a gf panel.

Not all the front clams of the original cars built were carbon. I have a couple here that were removed from them that are made in f/glass. The red car has a full carbon front clam (you can see the weave in the paint).

Same goes for the doors, nose sections and various other bits. Some were made in full carbon, others in f/glass.

The 20 factory cars only used f/glass panels all round afaik (other than the carbon car), yours may possible have a carbon front clam Gav being the car it is... you can see a glimpse of the bare carbon when you open the doors.

I do remember Lotus saying at the time that the cars that had the carbon panels, door skins etc. were being swapped out for f/glass ones. There were some sets of the full carbon doors being sold off a couple of years ago from the dealer/specialist guy way down in the SW. Phil is it?? They've gone now mind. Stratton may have some tucked away though...

 

 

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Does regular fibreglass bodywork have a light weave pattern? I ask this because in a certain light I can see this under the paintwork on the rear clam of my GTE (#4). I have always assumed that all the painted bodywork was fibreglass, so never examined it too closely.

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Open the door and inspect the door shut to front clam, you should see a glimpse of the bare carbon during underneath. 

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Okay so re-read your post, you say carbon rear clam...

 

Fibre glass doesn't usually have a weave no. Get your phone camera and take a picture of the inner face of the rear clam through engine hatch, was if it's carbon you'll see it straight away.

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that's why we (where I work) use a different lamination for the painted parts VS the carbon exposed parts.

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On 31/12/2019 at 14:40, Ratman said:

that's why we (where I work) use a different lamination for the painted parts VS the carbon exposed parts.

Thanks Ratman. When I look closely, the rear clam weave pattern becomes noticeable where the bodywork stretches down from the swage line. On the more horizontal upper surfaces (eg. where the fuel filler cap is located), you can't see it at all. However, as the bodywork curves down vertically to the wheel-arch it is quite apparent. Could this be to do with the painting process, eg. the upper section has thicker paintwork than the lower areas?

Here's another photo, taken of the rear right hand side of the car looking back and down. The effect is exaggerated by the building reflection, but you can see how this distorted reflection improves as your eyes move up from the vertical wheel arch area and  up onto the more horizontal upper surface on the right side of the image.

Have any other GTE owners had a close look at that rear haunches of their car?

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usually weave appears due to heath.

I remember one car we made had this problem on the engine cover, where the weave was evident after a run but not the morning after.

now we put a different first layer, to avoid this problem

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