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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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See-thru underpanels?

Does this exist? When trying to chase down a leak or hunt for a random washer that fell to the bottom, it would be super convenient to be able to peak up underneath the car without having to remove the access panels.

I assume you could machine this out of some think heavy-duty plastic.

Someone please tell me why this is a stupid idea?

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Somehow I thought this topic was "See-thru underpants."

But in regard to the panels, I doubt they'd stay clean long enough to be see-thru. You'd be forever washing them.

Will forego any further analogies to pants.

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Somehow I thought this topic was "See-thru underpants."

But in regard to the panels, I doubt they'd stay clean long enough to be see-thru. You'd be forever washing them.

Will forego any further analogies to pants.

You're not the only one.

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That's an awesome idea, I'm going to get Plexiglass and put neon lights, thanks bro!!

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Umm. Renderman. Just checking, but did you read the thread title correctly? Wouldn't want to upset your plans.

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That's an awesome idea, I'm going to get Plexiglass and put neon lights, thanks bro!!
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The Lotus 340-R had translucent sides (under-panels?)


And the Expose had totally transparent Lexan body parts



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I think that's a special 340 one off called the Expose in keeping with the 'e' nomenclature. Super cool.

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The Lotus 340-R had translucent sides (under-panels?)


And the Expose had totally transparent Lexan body parts



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Sounds like an application for transparent aluminum, Jim!


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So where does the owner hide the drugs?
the same place nudists hide theirs
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I'd be too embareassed

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reminds me of this:



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Somehow I thought this topic was "See-thru underpants."
Me too. I must admit its the only reason why I came into this thread.

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Translucent lexan would probably work, but I don't think transparent lexan would stay clear for very long. I'd expect dirt and rocks to scratch it up pretty fast. Not sure what the weight difference would be vs aluminum.
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That's an awesome idea, I'm going to get Plexiglass and put neon lights, thanks bro!!
Lexan (polycarbonate) is a lot tougher. During your fabrication, you can put Lexa through a table saw.

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wow that expose is so cool

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Polycarbonate with protective film like 3m or starshield should work ok. I think it would be cool to see translucent glowy panels for tuner cars actually

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