I just recieved mine last Saturday. Parting lines are 1/16"x1/16" you can get any better than that. I personally don't see the point in a the "seamless" body. From what I've heard is all they do is grind off the parting line and shoot gel coat over it. If they do that, I doubt if they do much to remove the mold release which is now under the new gel coat. (I could and hopfully am wrong). But you have to sand that area anyways. There's still alot of filling and fairing to make the body straight.
I'm more than pleased with the body I recieved. It's tons better than I expected.
Mine was a $1000 discount car. The parting lines are minimal. There was a small misalignment in 2 panels but some Rage Gold should make them even. Pictures can be seen in the "First Steps" post in the Ask Street Rod Painter section.
If the quality of the body is the only thing stopping you from ordering a Factory Five, I suggest you call (508) 291-3443 at 9 AM (EDST) tomorrow morning and talk to Kerri. She'll initiate the paperwork to get your kit built and shipped to you. Shipping? Can't beat Stewart Transport.
When the body change came around we got the prototype, as in the first of the new process but still the old molds. We have it painted now BLACK,yes BLACK, it is awesome. The body shop spent about 10 less hours on it. In over 400 changes in the FFR kit since our first car (1454) I feel it is the single biggest improvement.
NOW before you get the idea it is scuff and shoot don't. There was a little (much less than before) panel misalignment but the old process of grinding the seams is not needed. Just eliminate the parting line, fair out the adjacent panels and fill, prime and block and then paint
I have some pics I am sending to FFR and will try to post them. I have my own server but I can't remember how to do the actual posting.
Hope this helps. Cheers Richard.
PS If the body is the deciding factor for you on an FFR don't let it be. It really never has been.
I picked my kit up on Saturday. It was a $1000 off kit. The seams look good.
I asked what they did to improve the body and here is the info I received (please keep in mind that I have no fiberglass expertise). They indicated that historically, they layed-up the first layer in each mold, then assembled the molds and finish the layup. Now, they assemble the molds first and then begin to lay the fiberglass.
Again, I got the $1,000 off and it's the 'seamless' body. Certainly my overall impression of the bodyi s very good but there are a couple of things I'm not sure about. One is that when looking from underneath there are places where 'daylight' shines easily through the seams. Are these voids? Also the trunck lines up poorly with the body in the middle of the hump. Theres about a 1/4" differtence. Does this press out with the rubber seal in place and the trink closed?
On the trunk gap, it is not a big deal. Once the body is final mounted the trunk lines up better. The weather stripping makes a big difference. Trim the trunk to fit the opening and then test fit it. The body also changes shape somewhat after mounting. Hope this helps. Cheers Richard.
Thanks to everyone who responded and especially to Richard for the really cool photos! My kit arrives in Feb (by plan) so in the meantime, I'm accumulating parts and getting ready. Sure is great to have this forum!
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