SENIOR CAR BODY LAMINATION TECHNIQUES

Derby Tech - Jan-March, 1988

by Bruce Finwall


The most common method for senior body construction is laminated wood strips covered with fiberglass. There are several techniques you can use to get your wood strips to form the shape that you want for your racer. Here are several ideas which may help you in the construction of your next racer:

EXTERIOR FORMER TECHNIQUE

Build car in two halves (top and bottom)

Laminate sticks all the way around the inside of your formers

Lay your floorboard into the bottom shell, level, and fiberglass into position.

Optional method requires more floorboard shaping.

EXTERIOR FORMERS

 

INTERIOR FORMER TECHNIQUE

Laminate all the way around.

No glue between sticks here (car in two pieces - top and bottom) Remove the body from the formers. Lay you floorboard into the body, level, and fiberglass into place. Fiberglass your two body halves together.

 

Optional method. Laminate part way around.

Knock interior formers out when done.

INTERIOR FORMERS

Tip: Always use wax paper or tape on your formers between your car body, or else you will glue your car body to your formers!


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