Repairing Fiberglass at the Track

Tools and Supplies:

  • Rivet gun
  • 1/8th inch rivets
  • Drill
  • 1/8th inch drill bit
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Duct Tape
  • Aluminum shears
  • Spare aluminum sheet

Instructions:

No one likes it to happen but accident damage does occur from time to time. Most parts can be replaced with components from your local Customer Service Representative (CSR) or spares you have with you. Repairing fiberglass to make the next session or green flag can be achieved using spare aluminum sheet, rivets and some duct tape.

  • Piece the remaining fiberglass together as best as you can
  • Using the aluminum sheet, cut small sections and shape to contour the inside of the fiberglass using the hammer and pliers
  • Now place the sections of aluminum you can use tape or have a friend hold it in place
  • Drill holes through the fiberglass and aluminum and hold in place
  • Use the rivets to bind the pieces of fiber glass and aluminum together
  • The aluminum will add rigidity to broken fiberglass
  • For the front of the nose make sure that there is bent lip in the aluminum to stiffen up the structure otherwise the nose might close down over the radiator opening at speed resulting in overheating issue
  • Use duct tape as needed for cosmetic purposes and to fill in the small gaps from frayed or missing fiber glass pieces

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James Chartres

San Jose, CA