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Old 01/21/2004, 09:27 PM   #1
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how do you tell original fiberglass from repro

I was just wondering how you could tell original fiberglass parts from reproduction ones. I just bought a decklid and the guy told me it was an original for a GT/CS or a HCS. Ive heard that the old stuff has a pinkish color. Is there any tell tail ways to tell ???
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Old 01/21/2004, 11:56 PM   #2
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Re:how do you tell original fiberglass from repro

hey that is a good question, and some good info to know about, how can you tell? and, as far as the decklid, side scoops, end caps, and etc.... ???
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Old 01/22/2004, 02:53 PM   #3
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Re:how do you tell original fiberglass from repro

Doug, Paul, QuickNick, Where are you on this one!!!! Help!

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Old 01/22/2004, 10:54 PM   #4
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Re:how do you tell original fiberglass from repro

The fiberglass in "pinkish" in color but of course it has to be striped to see it and it does not really stand-out. If you look under the gallery section in misc GT/CS & HCS items and click on the trunk lid it will show you. But here it is in two posts. First the correct texture. Notice it does have a texture but almost smooth.

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Old 01/22/2004, 10:55 PM   #5
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Re:how do you tell original fiberglass from repro

Here is the incorrect texture, notice the "fiber" string look in it.
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Old 01/22/2004, 11:07 PM   #6
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Re:how do you tell original fiberglass from repro

This smooth texture was achieved because AO Smith injected the fiberglass into molds unlike today where a outer mold has fiberglass laid onto it. From the outside, once it is sanded and painted, it can be very difficult to tell the difference, you need to look under the trunk lid. As far as end caps and the tail panel, they are harder to tell. Look around the opening for the gas cap for signs of "fiber". The side scoops should have a witness line on them. I hope this helps.
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Old 01/23/2004, 07:28 AM   #7
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Man, I feel like a fiberglass expert now! Thanks Doug, I have heard it discussed, but never shown the difference so clearly! Now, can you loan me the money to buy a CS? Take care.......
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Old 01/23/2004, 04:53 PM   #8
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Doug...

You nailed it. Took the words right out of my book...er..mouth! :-0

Shelby had A.O. Smith make these pieces in a steel mold, and hot plastic sheets were pressed just like steel in a top and bottom mold.

The side scoops are smooth inside, as are the end caps. Just look for the grid pattern of the fabric for the "repro" stuff.

Doug is also correct about the witness line. That's the raised edge where the mouth of the scoop (outer edge) meets the scoop body. This is a mold thing you don't see on even '67 Shelbys--'cause they were hand made in Calif.. At A.O. Smith, they switched plugs for the open and non-open type scoops, and the seam line (witness) shows, because of the way they did that.

I hope this helps. Thanks again to Doug!!!

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Old 01/23/2004, 05:43 PM   #9
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Re:how do you tell original fiberglass from repro

thanx for the help it helped me believe that it was a real gt/cs decklid that i got i was just afraid of it being a fake because it was only 200.00 and in near perfect condition. thanx to all ive learned what to look for
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