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    My question is about a camper shell modofication. I chose this forum because I thought the members here would understand fiberglass stresses better than most others I could find.

    I have restored a 29 year old truck and they no longer make a camper shell that fits it. The closest size I could find is 1.5 inches too long and I need to remove the length from the front section of the shell and bond the two pices back together. I have extensive cabinetry and woodworking skills and a good amount of autobody experience, but have never worked in fiberglass before. Can you recommend books, manuals or advise for me to complete this work? I hope I'm not intruding with a off topic subject but if it is any consolation, a boat restoration is the next project once this is done. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaard View Post
    My question is about a camper shell modofication. I chose this forum because I thought the members here would understand fiberglass stresses better than most others I could find.

    I have restored a 29 year old truck and they no longer make a camper shell that fits it. The closest size I could find is 1.5 inches too long and I need to remove the length from the front section of the shell and bond the two pices back together. I have extensive cabinetry and woodworking skills and a good amount of autobody experience, but have never worked in fiberglass before. Can you recommend books, manuals or advise for me to complete this work? I hope I'm not intruding with a off topic subject but if it is any consolation, a boat restoration is the next project once this is done. Thanks in advance.

    west marine has great fiberglass books. they are not college level books but good old 4th grade keeping it simple. i loook at glass as a wet t shirt . dont be afraid of it cause if you screw up u sand it and do it again. if its a old shell chances its made from polyester, id say 95% are but if you just dont want to chance it go epoxy for repair. i dont care for it cause it cost more. best book lots of pictures and should be able to get a good idea in about 30 min of reading

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