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Good fiberglass repair guy in Los Angeles?

I busted up my car a bit at the track yesterday. Looking for someone around here to fix it. Anyone have any good recommendations?

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How bad is it, any pics? Is it worse than mine? Impact with a solid object?

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How bad is it, any pics? Is it worse than mine? Impact with a solid object?
worse than yours. I went off coming into turn 4 at willow. The front clam is pretty beat up and the right side piece by the right rear tire took some damage too. I also bent the diffuser slightly.

Then my codriver went off coming out of 9 later. Luckily he missed the wall but he completely ruined one of the undertray pieces. I was too pissed to take pics but lots of people there did, they'll probably surface at some point and i'll link them here.

it's nothing too bad though. Actually i'm surprised the car didn't sustain much more damage in my spin because i went off camber onto the big hill on the inside there and slammed back down onto the road. I'm very impressed with how tough this little car is.

btw, my best for the day was 1:42 and pro racecar driver Cort Wagner turned a 1:31 while "taking it easy"

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Sorry to hear that Steve. If its worse than Randy's, I think you'll need a new clam.

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Sorry to hear that Steve. If its worse than Randy's, I think you'll need a new clam.
possibly. but remember, this is really just a track car for me now so it doesn't have to be perfect.

i'm not overly bummed about it. it's one of those things you just have to expect when you decide to track the car 2-3x/month.
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I'd like to add that Steve and Zirk had excellent attitudes after their respective spins. No freaking out, no fits of anger just a cool and composed demeanor. My hat's off to you guys for the cool vibe. Glad no one was hurt.

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Turn 9??!?!??!

That is very good he missed the wall. I went off at turn 8, only because I knew that going off at 9 was going to be a lot worse.

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Fiberglass expertise can be found at places that do Corvette work...and at boat shops. It's also not hard to DIY if you have some time and a suitable place to work.
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Sounds like Streets of Willow, not "big willow", right?

9 being the skidpad with that invincible pit wall to the left?
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No, they are talking about the big track.
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Sounds like Streets of Willow, not "big willow", right?

9 being the skidpad with that invincible pit wall to the left?
nope, big willow. 9 is the 100mph turn with the pit wall at the exit
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Hmmm I have a couple of cracks in mr front from my driveway incident in July. I wonder how long it would take me to remove the front clam and slap a fibreglass bandaid or two on the backside...

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Just a suggestion... try calling Harry Osborne at Viking Motorsport (near Orange Co Airport) and see if he can suggest a shop in the area.

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WOW...1:31's at WSIR is pretty quick...

what tires were being used? If Cort was cruzing, in the twenties should be doable.

I ran a 9146 w/3.2ltr (285 rwhp) 1985 wet w/11.5" slicks. My best ever time a low 1.26 but most times were 1.27's.

If a stock Elise can get within a couple of seconds of that.....well thats amazen!!!
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Re: WOW...1:31's at WSIR is pretty quick...

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what tires were being used? If Cort was cruzing, in the twenties should be doable.

I ran a 9146 w/3.2ltr (285 rwhp) 1985 wet w/11.5" slicks. My best ever time a low 1.26 but most times were 1.27's.

If a stock Elise can get within a couple of seconds of that.....well thats amazen!!!
it was on the A048's on SSRs with the standard (non-LSS) suspension. only other mods are quicksilver exhaust, porterfield R4 pads, Motul fluid, and alignment. I have no doubt that Cort could get well into the twenties but he is superhuman.

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offroadr35,

Sorry to hear about your off track experience. I just saw an Elise being fitted with a new Clam and they said it cost $2000. So yes maybe a repair is is order.

I say that because I also have some small damage at the spoiler and front bottom grill area. A car a head of me on the interstate swerved and a big truck tire was in my way and I could not avoid it. Hit in the middle versus driving over it, which was the better choice.

I am thinking of a repair since the front bumper area is part of the whole front end clam. The parts are about $2k plus labor and paint. Probably a $3-3.5k job. That is alot just for my minor damage. I am going to a good import body shop for an estimate. I would think any GOOD shop can do it, especially ones with Corvette experience.

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