The wonderful world of one-off fiberglass kit cars | Barn Find Hunter – Ep.42

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" There's no other put on the earth that can potentially resemble what we will go see today," said Tom Cotter as he parked his vehicle outside of Fiberglass Farms in Tampa, Florida. In this episode of Barn Find Hunter, Tom meets up with his old good friend, Geoff Hacker, to study the globe of one-off fiberglass package cars and trucks.


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44 Replies to “The wonderful world of one-off fiberglass kit cars | Barn Find Hunter – Ep.42”

  1. I thought I had seen them before but when he said Ray Evernham and Americana TV show it connected the dots. This is a much more inclusive look at the cars there. Very interesting .

  2. I’m 41 years old and I remember kit car bodies when I was a kid , but never thought I’d be looking back at them like an era that once was ..

    1. @Hagerty All of these should be cleaned up, propped up straight where needed, then high resolution 3D scanned. Even better would be to restore the fiberglass to smoothness then pull molds off all of them. The 3D data could be used to CNC machine foam or clay etc to smooth up to make new molds. What needs done ASAP is to get them all indoors out of the weather to halt the deterioration.

    2. Sunlight UV rays will take out a fiberglass body.. Cook the resin right out. Long story short a guy in Minn. had a Bradley GT for sale
      … I guess they can be saved I was told.

  3. You mentioned retightening the fasteners in the Woody, iv played with old wooden boats, an old salt told me when I pull the fasteners to dip the threads in varnish and reinstall, helps save the wood and prevent the screw from backing out.

    1. I thought the Bradley Avenger was cooler. I knew an amsoil dealer who had a GT with 186,000miles on the oil. Large capacity external filter and each 20k he would pull the filter, send Amsoil a sample, replace the oil lost in the filter and put it back on the road. That was the early 90s, wondering if that car is still around. Western Pa road salt probably ate the floor pan. Joe N from Connequenessing, are you out there? (anybody know him?)

    2. Bradley didn’t make the Avenger, a company called Fiberfab did, in two versions, the Avenger GT12 which used a VW pan, and the Valkyrie GT15 which used a custom tube frame V8. Bradley made two models, both VW based; the GT which was very basic and more akin to a dune buggy, and the GT2 which was fully enclosed and had a very decent luxury interior. There are alot more GTs than GT2. Avengers are also one of the more common to find kit cars but are also most often found incomplete, Avengers had a reputation for being hideously difficult to build.

    3. @KlunkerRider the Avenger was a knockoff of the Ford GT-40 Mk1 or MK2. Probably a mix of both. The Bradley GT2 was a much better looking car than the original GT.

    1. Jesse W Hell no it will not. We will only get caught up on our debt problem when we get rid of bought and paid for greed and power driven politicians.

    2. I can’t imagine the thought process that goes into thinking that a kit car is a good idea.
      – Kit cars have been around at least since the 60s , and even when they were done correctly they were still a bunch of schit
      – Selling them makes a lot of sense, take advantage of people’s stupidity. I guess the dummies look at the finished car and I think “Duhh, I can do that”.
      – A project like that would come down to the process sheets, seeing every step of what’s involved – estimate the number of hours – which is of course way over the head of the average idiot.
      – And of course the balance sheet, you have to add up all the costs of materials you’d have to buy.
      – Additionally anybody that’s dumb enough to take on a project like that without carefully playing it out – probably doesn’t have much going for him in the first place, better things to do. Darwinism at work. Too bad having children doesn’t require a lot of thought.

    3. Having said what I’ve said in the above comments, I’ve heard that some of the Cobra Kit cars about 20 years ago were a good idea. Of course you wouldN’t build them to sell them, but they said that they were financially viable also. Does anybody know?

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