Ivan T-100 TT fiberglass, who made it???

Curtis Guise

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Does anyone know who made the fiberglass for the PPI T-100 Trophy truck? Like the one on this page <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.off-road.com/4x4web/features/1997/11b/>http://www.off-road.com/4x4web/features/1997/11b/</A> (bedsides and front glass)
Is the cab even close to the original dimensions of a stock T-100 cab or totally different? The reason I am asking is because I might be getting a really good deal on a T-100 to buy and use to build my new truck from. But there aren't as many options for fiberglass as there are for the small trucks.
 

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I might have answered my own question... looks like it is a carbon/kevlar body so I doubt anyone would make it in fiberglass. I am sure a carbon/kevlar body would cost as much as building the entire truck.... more pics and specs here.
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You might be surprised how cheap carbon and kevlar can be... I don't mean to say it's cheap cheap... but it's probably less expensive than you are thinking. The Kevlar would only really be needed in areas that saw high wear - I mean really high wear. you might be able to get whoever was building those bodies to set them up using less expensive materials too.

I can build a complete street hockey stick and head for less than $10 bucks in materials and that includes a full kevlar wrap on the head to keep it from wearing. We did a complete composite mountain bike frame and used kevlar wherever we thought the chain might hit the tubes - think the complete frame ran about $40 bucks for materials.

Aloha
 

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Curtis,

I just got off the phone w/ my buddy who makes sailboards/surfboards/kiteboards for a living about doing a friend's Lotus Europa body. He says you'd need to use a combo of glass (~$5/sq ft), aramid/kevlar ($15/sq ft), and carbon ($20/sq ft) to make body panels stiff enough. Wouldn't need an autoclave for this kind of stuff, so it's just like doing glass work. Depending on how rigid you want, you could add more. Of course, if you could find a set, you could make molds from them and use whatever you want.

I know that doesn't help you much, but I was surprised to find out how easy and relatively cheap it might be to do stuff with carbon fiber.

Billy

P.S. Chris Radbourne told me you guys tore it up in Baja. Maybe I can go next year!!
 

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Thanks for the info guys.... Yeah I'm sure it might not cost as much as I was first thinking but it would still be more than fiberglass I'm sure. Fiberglass is fine with me if I could find out who made those body panels and if they would fit up to a stock T-100 cab.

The first thing I need to worry about is getting the truck. I should know by this time next week when the guy with the truck gets back from vacation.
 

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May not need an Autoclave, but a decent vacuum bagging set-up would be well worth it.
Curtis, I just hear that the T-100 a friend built is FS again. Has 4 wheel discs, two 9" Ford diffs (& still IFS), words, more words, and still more words. This was the prototype truck for the TRD 3.4 Eaton Screwpressor kit. Word is $20k takes it.

"P.S. Chris Radbourne told me you guys tore it up in Baja. Maybe I can go next year!!"

Ya, I brought a 1/2 ton of silt back in the Sub, which is tomorrow morning's cleaning project.....

TS

I used swerve around my halucinations, now I drive right thru them.
 
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