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The arm rests

Restoring and Building | Posted by admin May 21st, 2009

The valkyrie kit only comes with a flat fiberglass door pannel for the inside of the door. No arm rest or space for any storage or speakers like modern cars. I needed to create an armrest that would serve as a handle to close the door as well as create some sort of pocket to hold my sunglasses or other small articles.

I started with a couple of peices of foam and my cabinet makers saw and began sculpting. After numerous times in and out of the car to test I had two mirrored rough shapes. One for each side. Using 80 grit sand paper these were further shaped. The final pass was with 120 grit to make them smooth. These then got two layers of fiberglass. Holes were made for the electric window switches and a switch to open the door itself. (The car has shaved doors. There is an emergency handle at the bottom of the seat but the main latch is triggered electronically.)