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Blainefab
post Nov 16 2009, 12:50 PM
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Announcing another Blaine Fab carbon creation - LS1 SS hood for any 98-02 Camaro. Real carbon fiber, nomex honeycomb core, vacuum bagged. Very rigid - only 4 pins required. Weight is 10# for the basic pin on hood.

Options include:
carbon airbox for functional ram air
carbon hinge, strut and latch mounts for bolt on use.

Standard finish is grey epoxy surface coat, ready for finish sanding and prime/paint. No pinholes.



Pricing and weights
pin on hood 10# $1375
pin on hood with ram air duct 13# $1575
bolt on hood 16# $1775
bolt on hood with ram air duct 18# $1875

Also available:
LS1 Z28 (non SS) hood, same construction:
pin on hood: 9# $1225

LT1 Z28 (non SS) hood, same construction:
pin on hood: 9# $1150


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post Nov 16 2009, 06:12 PM
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Wow. Looks superb. Nice job!
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post Nov 16 2009, 09:48 PM
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Fit and finish looks OEM. That is a fantastic piece. I hereby offer my car and Austin's as test beds for any thirdgen CF stuff in the future! (IMG:http://www.frrax.com/rrforum/style_emoticons/default/2thumbs.gif)
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post Nov 17 2009, 01:00 AM
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QUOTE (1meanZ @ Nov 16 2009, 03:48 PM) *
Fit and finish looks OEM. That is a fantastic piece. I hereby offer my car and Austin's as test beds for any thirdgen CF stuff in the future! (IMG:http://www.frrax.com/rrforum/style_emoticons/default/2thumbs.gif)


What's he need two Camaros for? He needs at least one 'bird. (IMG:http://www.frrax.com/rrforum/style_emoticons/default/cool2.gif)

Nice work, Alan. I wish CF wasn't so costly, I can't have the hood cost more then the short block. (IMG:http://www.frrax.com/rrforum/style_emoticons/default/rotf.gif) (IMG:http://www.frrax.com/rrforum/style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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post Nov 17 2009, 03:55 AM
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It looks great. Fortunately I'm not at the point where I need carbon fiber to go faster. That could get costly in a hurry. lol

Out of curiosity, are there plans for a thirdgen hood?
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post Nov 17 2009, 05:05 AM
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Nice work Alan!
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post Nov 17 2009, 10:00 AM
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Thanks, everybody - it has taken a while, but I feel that my carbon products have finally matured, and I can stabilize that process and work on manufacturing efficiency. Everything is hand cut and laid by me and my wife. Unfortunately the nomex honeycomb that works so well in this kind of part is very expensive - about $200 per hood, on top of the carbon fabric, epoxy resin, and bagging materials. So prices had to go up.

If there are some folks that would pay similar prices for a 3rd gen hood, please let me know. The mold construction is a pretty big effort so I would need several orders to make that investment.

I would really like to make some parts for newer platforms - if someone would be willing to loan me a 2010 Camaro in exchange for a really good deal on parts, give me a call.

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post Feb 8 2010, 02:32 PM
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QUOTE (Blainefab @ Nov 17 2009, 05:00 AM) *
I would really like to make some parts for newer platforms - if someone would be willing to loan me a 2010 Camaro in exchange for a really good deal on parts, give me a call.

Looks like someone beat you to it:
http://www.carbonbydesign.com/products.asp?cat=155
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post Feb 8 2010, 04:57 PM
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Great lookin Hood Alan.
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post Feb 9 2010, 10:41 AM
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Very nice looking work.
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post Mar 1 2010, 03:05 AM
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QUOTE (StanIROCZ @ Feb 8 2010, 08:32 AM) *
QUOTE (Blainefab @ Nov 17 2009, 05:00 AM) *
I would really like to make some parts for newer platforms - if someone would be willing to loan me a 2010 Camaro in exchange for a really good deal on parts, give me a call.

Looks like someone beat you to it:
http://www.carbonbydesign.com/products.asp?cat=155


At that price, I guarantee it's not full carbon like Alan's. It probably has 1 layer of carbon with chop strand fiberglass behind it. Most ebay hoods are like this, and weigh as much as a full fiberglass hood.

Also, I'm not sure how Alan sells his so cheap. We're working on releasing CF hoods for BMW's that I was thinking of asking 1800 for. Great work, Alan.

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post Mar 3 2010, 03:58 PM
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Exactly Jim. If you care about bling buy something like the above. If weight is the enemy..... Alan's hoods are a steal.

That hood is now pinned on Casey Quinn's SM SS. After paint it looks SO factory. Amazing work.

Jason S.

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post Mar 5 2010, 03:33 AM
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QUOTE (1meanZ @ Nov 16 2009, 01:48 PM) *
Fit and finish looks OEM. That is a fantastic piece. I hereby offer my car and Austin's as test beds for any thirdgen CF stuff in the future! (IMG:http://www.frrax.com/rrforum/style_emoticons/default/2thumbs.gif)

(IMG:http://www.frrax.com/rrforum/style_emoticons/default/cool2.gif) wow very nice allen I jump in on the third gen test bed
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post Mar 24 2010, 02:43 AM
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Alan, Any chance you can beat these prices on race car shaped louvers? I'm sure you could sell a bunch on c-c if you can offer a significantly better price.

http://www.hrpworld.com/index.cfm?form_pro...;action=product
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post Apr 4 2010, 11:05 AM
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QUOTE (StanIROCZ @ Mar 23 2010, 07:43 PM) *
Alan, Any chance you can beat these prices on race car shaped louvers? I'm sure you could sell a bunch on c-c if you can offer a significantly better price.

http://www.hrpworld.com/index.cfm?form_pro...;action=product


Stan - Nope. Materials cost isn't much, but the hand work in laying them up, and especially finishing them - trimming the inside holes would take a lot of time. I put a pair of these on Christine Knights AI car - Genesis did a semi crappy job trimming the inside holes, and I cleaned them up a bit but could have spent an hour on each. No way to make any profit on that.

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post Apr 6 2010, 08:29 PM
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QUOTE (Blainefab @ Apr 4 2010, 06:05 AM) *
QUOTE (StanIROCZ @ Mar 23 2010, 07:43 PM) *
Alan, Any chance you can beat these prices on race car shaped louvers? I'm sure you could sell a bunch on c-c if you can offer a significantly better price.

http://www.hrpworld.com/index.cfm?form_pro...;action=product


Stan - Nope. Materials cost isn't much, but the hand work in laying them up, and especially finish them - trimming the inside holes would tatke a lot of time. I put a pair of these on Christine Knights AI car - Genesis did a semi crappy job trimming the inside holes, and I cleaned them up a bit but could have spent an hour on each. No way to make any profit on that.


Would making them from fiberglass bring the cost down significantly? The weight savings of the carbon is great, but there is very little material needed to make these type of vents. So how much is saved comparing fiberglass to carbon fiber for these?
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post Apr 6 2010, 08:38 PM
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Would making them from fiberglass bring the cost down significantly? The weight savings of the carbon is great, but there is very little material needed to make these type of vents. So how much is saved comparing fiberglass to carbon fiber for these?


This would only make around $20 difference. As Alan said, trimming them takes a crazy amount of time. Unless you have a CNC machine cut the holes, there's no way to make any profit on these. The only way to offer these would be untrimmed, and let the buyer spend hours modifying them.
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post Apr 6 2010, 10:00 PM
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QUOTE (DAlgozine @ Apr 6 2010, 01:29 PM) *
Would making them from fiberglass bring the cost down significantly? The weight savings of the carbon is great, but there is very little material needed to make these type of vents. So how much is saved comparing fiberglass to carbon fiber for these?


The things are so small that even the most expensive materials won't contribute much to the mfg cost. CF is overkill given the lack of loading and the inherent rigidity of the shape, so FG would be a fine material. The problem is that low vol mfg of this kind of part is all by hand - prepping the mold, wetting and laying up the cloth and bagging elements, then the post molding trimming and polishing.

If I really wanted make these things, I'd fab a louver die and press them out of a thin, soft alloy of aluminum. Might weigh a few ounces more but would be inexpensive.
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QUOTE (Blainefab @ Apr 6 2010, 06:00 PM) *
If I really wanted make these things, I'd fab a louver die and press them out of a thin, soft alloy of aluminum. Might weigh a few ounces more but would be inexpensive.

I thought about doing that. There is a guy on c-c that has a louver press but it stamps out the generic louvers that you see on microwaves etc and I think it looks dorky. I want race care louvers!

Sorry for hijacking your thread, I'll stop now.

Great job again. That hood is awesome. I hope you sell a bunch of them. Any chance of getting this advertised on some of the big forums such as ls1tech etc? There might be a small market there also.
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post Apr 18 2010, 09:10 AM
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Here's a few in process pics of the ram air duct:

(IMG:http://www.blainefabrication.com/projects/2009_11_04/IMG_3119.JPG)

(IMG:http://www.blainefabrication.com/projects/2009_11_04/IMG_3122.JPG)

And here it is epoxied onto the hood, and intake air holes opened up:

(IMG:http://www.blainefabrication.com/projects/2009_11_20/IMG_3147.JPG)
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