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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-06-2014, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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1966 Impala convertible fiberglass trunk lid

I recently purchased a fiberglass trunk from Glasstek and wanted to share some pics. It fit very good and in about two hours I had the latch and lock cylinder installed. I was very impressed with the quality and was surprised I had not seen any other
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-06-2014, 06:43 PM
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First one I have seen. Looks to fit good.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-06-2014, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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It fit incredibly well. Even with the trunk torsion springs set for the original trunk, they worked. I dropped them both to the lightest setting and they are good. I might bring one of them up one notch, but it is good for now. I was really surprised that the underneath has all of the bracing. I bought a cowl induction hood and it was the same way. I have been really impressed with both pieces I got from them. If anyone wants more pictures, just let me know and I will post them up!

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-06-2014, 09:35 PM
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I have a Glasstek 2" cowl hood also and it needed some work to fit. Glad to hear the trunk lids fit well.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-07-2014, 04:17 PM
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Looks great.

Would you mind posting a close up of the lock cylinder installed?

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-08-2014, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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I will post a picture of the lock cylinder later this evening for you!

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-11-2014, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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I qm so sorry this took me this long....
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-12-2014, 12:25 PM
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Very nice,
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-31-2014, 10:50 PM
 
 
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Trunk lid

Thanks for the info I have 66 Belair with Glasstek 4" cowl hood and that trunk lid would also work for me.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-05-2014, 02:13 PM
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Looks very nice. Do you have any idea on weight savings?
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-05-2014, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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It is a little lighter but not a bunch. They make a pin on unit that would probably be significantly lighter. My bolt on one worked ok without touching the trunk tension rods. I did lower them 1and2notches to make it easier though. Call them and ask the weights. They were awesome to deal with.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-05-2014, 04:07 PM
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There are two different weights for most car parts. The Race weight is the pin on version that if anyone leaned on the fender they would fall right through because half the strength is in the coat of paint. The other parts are lighter than the steel; parts but not as strong. The advantage is in a minimal weight savings and the fact that rust will never be an issue. It also allows you to get scoops or hood blisters that would be hard for a beginning body worker to form into a stock part using sheet metal.

I used to run a complete race weight fiberglass front end one of my 1970 Novas which was interesting when driving at night as you could see the motor in silhouette when head lights shone on the other side of the car.

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