One Piece & Front Surround Description
Feature vehicle: 88-98 Chevy Tilt w / molded in Indy Cowl scoop.
Headlight blanks often require opening to install the light
bowl and trim. The units do come with mold flashing - which
must be sanded and fared in before preparing for paint. The interior finish is Fiberglass texture coated in black
lacquer. They come without wheel wells. These unit generally only
weigh between 50# to 80# +/- .
Front End Descriptions
We offer the
largest selections of front ends - Any where!
front end offer many advantages. Most importantly, Easy Engine Access!
They are perfect for header and spark plug access - engine
swaps...etc.... Think about this the next time you are working on your
vehicle - how great it would be if you didn't have to climb over those
fenders to get to your motor. Less weight is an other important factor
that most individuals don't think about. Lightening up your vehicle
means better economy and performance - if you think we are kidding try
bolting a spare set of cylinders heads to your front bumper and you'll
see just what front end weight will do to your handling. With a glass
front end you can save anywhere from 50 to 150 pounds. Remember,
less front end weight means better weight transfer, better economy,
better gas mileage & heck that's better for the environment.
One Piece Front Ends:are simply the entire one piece unit only, properly braced and supported
for lift off use or a hinge mechanism of your own design. No hinge kit
is supplied with this unit.
One Piece Front Ends
w/o Hood: generally bolt directly to your existing firewall and radiator support. They
require the use of a lift off hood.
Piece Front Ends
One Piece Front ends can be installed
in various ways. Listed below are a few basic ideas.....
The easiest is to Pin or Dzus fasten the
front end to your vehicle - attaching it at the core support, firewall
and lower fender sections.
A good idea the customer below came up with
- was to use fish mouth tubing - a large piece mounted to the frame rail
and a somewhat smaller one glassed to the front end itself. When
sliding the front end on it not only self aligns it secure the front end
and fasteners are only needed in the rear.
Easy On Fish Mouth
Tilting One Piece Front Ends
Most of the work to tilt a full
fendered front end can be accomplished at the drawing table. First you
will need a photo of the side of the vehicle. then draw an outline of
its' front end on tracing paper. Cut the outline drawing and lay it
over the photo. With the use of a pin, determine where the hinge
placement should be (The pin acting as the hinging point.) be sure
that your paper model when tilting, does not have the fender hitting the
tire or the grill hitting the ground.
To get more lift
and clearance while
tilting, a double hinge can be fabricated and used. For either double
or single hinges, you must start by fiberglassing a 1 x 1 steel bar into
the front end, just above and in front of the hinge point location. Make sure, before glassing the bar in that a pad is welded on the end to
make it more stable, and the fiberglass will hold it in place.
For single hinge mechanism - weld or bolt
an other plate coming off of the frame rail and drill the 1/2" hole in
the same location. With the use of a 1/2" bolt & fiber lock nut ,as
your hinge, the front end should pivot properly. Whatever you do
TAKE YOUR TIME!
For a double hinge mechanism, weld an oval plate
off of the bar in the front end (previously installed) angled down and
behind the hinge point. Cut an oval plate to bolt to the frame
horn and add 2 stop bolts to limit the travel. Doing your best to make your
like the animation to the right. It is best to use stainless steel bolts and
cotter pin type lock nuts, for a secure installation...and again
whatever you do TAKE YOUR TIME!