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Hi fellow E46ers,

I recently started doing some basic mods for my e46 323 coupe. So far I've put on some am xenon light with angel eyes, 30% tint, blacked out grill and some mechanical work as well.

I'm planning to put on an AC style front lip along with a spoiler. I have a supplier for the front lip for a good price, but trunk spoiler is hard to find one that I like. I'm planning to make a CSL type lid for my car.

So far I have an idea of the design, it will not look completely like a CSL lid, but will look similar. It's only the first stage planning, so I will need to figure out the type material to use.

Any suggestions on what type of material that will be easy to work with for shaping, bending and that will be durable?

Thanks!
 

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Without prior experience moulding body parts, you're probably looking at several hundred hours of work to get this project from concept to finish. Expect to build a few prototypes in the process.

It's easier to start with a similar shaped object and build a mould off of that. Consider buying a CSL lid, casting it in fiberglass and resin, fill with foam and shave/add to that as your frame.
 

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Without prior experience moulding body parts, you're probably looking at several hundred hours of work to get this project from concept to finish. Expect to build a few prototypes in the process.

It's easier to start with a similar shaped object and build a mould off of that. Consider buying a CSL lid, casting it in fiberglass and resin, fill with foam and shave/add to that as your frame.
x2 agreed

everytime i've seen a project like this one taken on the OP basically says the work took much longer and cost more than had they just bought a csl trunk (and modified that).

over the years i recall two that were completed,(both experienced bodyshop guys) one in europe and one from a guy who planned on selling them in texas?

if you don't have experience with this type of work be sure you know what you are taking on and have the time for. goodluck
 

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Without prior experience moulding body parts, you're probably looking at several hundred hours of work to get this project from concept to finish. Expect to build a few prototypes in the process.

It's easier to start with a similar shaped object and build a mould off of that. Consider buying a CSL lid, casting it in fiberglass and resin, fill with foam and shave/add to that as your frame.
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Thanks for the advice, I'm looking at the material and time that I will be investing into this project and it doesn't seem very feasible right now. Unless I find something much closer in shape and can be shaped with some minor bondo work, or else I will have to terminate the project!

Will keep posted
 
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