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Re-bodying a Dino in an Aluminum body

As part of my research for qualified metal workers to work on my Dino restoration project I've come across a Dino Owner, Simon Leach, that had a rusty body (Dino GT #03664) that he removed it and replaced it with an aluminum body which he fabricated himself.

I found this most amazing and seeing it in person was very impressive.
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Simon Leach, Simon Fabrication
3190H Airport Loop Drive
Costa Mesa, CA
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714.335-5842

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Here is the skin of one of the original steel doors, not much to work with so I can see why he came to the conclusion that he needed to replace many panels and doors.
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The aluminum body formed and fitted to Dino #03664
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Very impressive craftsmanship. Thanx for the lead, SCM246. All those curves and details must be a nightmare to deal with. Great to know that someone in Southern California can offer this kind of service.

There are a few highly skilled people here in Japan who can do immaculate work. However, cost is the problem. I wonder what the charges are over there ? Thanx again. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Great to see cars restored to that quality. Applause!


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but here is another fine piece of AL work. This car was destroyed in a race Laguna S IIRC, and rebuilt by the owner as you see it: He is a well known master craftsman in the restore biz, and this shows it. Quite a master with the English Wheel as you can see.

I am glad to see someone do a great, even if one-off, Dino in Al as it'll be a great car for eternity.
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Serious hijack, Rik, but of the right kind! Thanks for that.

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Rik did that to his Mondial.

He's very adept at working in light metals!!!

He was into to heavy metal in his youth but has since made a major change.
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Very impressive craftsmanship. Thanx for the lead, SCM246. All those curves and details must be a nightmare to deal with. Great to know that someone in Southern California can offer this kind of service.

There are a few highly skilled people here in Japan who can do immaculate work. However, cost is the problem. I wonder what the charges are over there ? Thanx again. w/ smiles Jimmy

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Thanx, SCM246. I understand costs are figured in terms of number of hours for labor. For some reasons, business is less clear over here. Shops do not tell us in terms of number of hours. It is more like, okay, for this job,...it'll be around such and such. I have no doubt that the overall cost is higher here. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Visited again and took more photos.

Some of the old parts which motivated the re-body, here is the original trunk lid
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Simon with 03664 and a few tools he has made to shape and measure the new body so it is fab'ed the same as original.
A walk around view of the work
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It never ceases to amaze me how man by hand can achieve these shapes out of flat metal sheets. I really wish I had that talent. I have never seen a body part like a front fender being shaped from scratch. I would love to see it.

My compliments to the artist!

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It never ceases to amaze me how man by hand can achieve these shapes out of flat metal sheets. I really wish I had that talent. I have never seen a body part like a front fender being shaped from scratch. I would love to see it.

My compliments to the artist!
Simon, I am glad you are going to put the bumpers back on. It looks that way... right!!!

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