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Old 16th October 2009, 15:45   #16
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Remember that the chassis of the car will have to be strengthened quite a lot. As it is, a Contessa is flimsily built. Taking the roof off will mean it will have the structural rigidity of a wet biscuit.
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Thank you for your support mates.....

After having your views I spoke with Sunil and Nigel on their approach towards the body work....

as rightly pointed by all of you, i also had the initial concern on the labor to work on the metal...


Nigel has a team who are on this job, they ave not taken up any large assignments apart from few fiber glass fairings for bikes....

I have a very big question that I would need your suggestions for.....

Nigel and sunil are planning to on with Fiberglass for most of the parts... the bumpers, dash... and body....

My question... will Fiberglass tolerate highspeeds..?
also when they are planning for a v6.....?


As far as the work progress is concerned the car is now completely dismantled.....
two door conversion in progress

outer metal completely chopped off

rear end cutdown to shortern the overall length...

Nigel is padding the car now with thick thermocolsheets.....

he is planing to shape the external looks out of thick thermocol and go with fiberglass on top.....


will keep you updated once I get the snaps

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Do you plan to leave this car parked (as a showpiece) ?

The first thing to do - before you start the bodywork (fiberglass or sheet metal) would be to reinforce the body and the engine bay to provide the strength and rigidity to the roof less frame. Do that and the mounts/changes for the RWD before you proceed with making the car look good.
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Yes Reinforces are in place...


Nigel is an Ex GM Chief Engineer, so I hope the project is taken care of these steps..

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Any work-in-progress pics would be great. Interesting project, and Contessa is the first car i ever drove (Dad's '89 Petrol!). Getting one and modding has been my dream. Lets see if this pushes me into reality
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I recently met Mr.Sunil, a car & bike enthusiast who is presently in process of Modding his Contessa to Camero.
the camaro design adapted onto the conti is a good idea.
btw, I had bought a conti a year ago and started on a similar conversion a while ago. I too planned a 2 door coupe out of the conti taking inspiration from the new camaro. but i did not choose to make it a convertible. too risky coz of body rigidity issues. My project will take longer coz of financial issues. outside projects are taking higher priority.
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Hmm the sketches look amazing...
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Hi All


Here are the Stage 1 Modification Pictures

Sunil.s Contessa
Indian Muscle Car Mod : A Modernized Contessa. (w/ WIP Pics!)-car.jpg

Car Bumper, grill... removed
Indian Muscle Car Mod : A Modernized Contessa. (w/ WIP Pics!)-s1.jpg

Side fenders Bonnet removed
Indian Muscle Car Mod : A Modernized Contessa. (w/ WIP Pics!)-s2.jpg

Indian Muscle Car Mod : A Modernized Contessa. (w/ WIP Pics!)-s3.jpg

Doors removed and Nigel working on reinforcements
Indian Muscle Car Mod : A Modernized Contessa. (w/ WIP Pics!)-s4.jpg

B'pillar removed
Indian Muscle Car Mod : A Modernized Contessa. (w/ WIP Pics!)-s5.jpg

Nigel working on removing the top
Indian Muscle Car Mod : A Modernized Contessa. (w/ WIP Pics!)-s6.jpg

Removed Top Roof Removed
Indian Muscle Car Mod : A Modernized Contessa. (w/ WIP Pics!)-s7.jpg

Car Rear Chopped off to reduce the Overall length,

Car Front Glass Frame inclined...

Side outer metal chopped off to work with interior framing... (as this is convertible, Nigel is planning to have cross bars to get extra rigidity...

B'Pillar moved back by approx 1 feet, increased length of front Door...

Indian Muscle Car Mod : A Modernized Contessa. (w/ WIP Pics!)-s8.jpg

Thick Thermocol sheets attached to car body.... after these sheets are properly dried Nigel would be working on shaping the muscular look on the car...
Indian Muscle Car Mod : A Modernized Contessa. (w/ WIP Pics!)-s9.jpg

Indian Muscle Car Mod : A Modernized Contessa. (w/ WIP Pics!)-s10.jpg

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why have they stuck thermocol sheets? can anyone explain?
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why have they stuck thermocol sheets? can anyone explain?
Thermocol is easy to shape, these will be shapped according to the body design and will act as a mold for fiber glassing.

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So its nicely shaping up.

And the Thermocol idea was new to me.

Waiting for more pics of WIP.
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Now thats really interesting !

@Reitz - can you PM me where this work is being done ( if in pune ) ?? Would definitely love to see the whole WIP in person.
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Please post more updates! Am very very interested in this project now
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Interesting project! This one and the Harley build up are at the top of my lists 'to follow'.
Good luck!
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Great Project!

Those wheels look amazing can u please give me the details about the size\brand of the same?

Have you used PCD adaptor plates to fit them on?
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