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What's plastic, what's steel?

This is a discussion on What's plastic, what's steel? within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I didn't even notice until it was brought to my attention but aside from the rear panels, are there any ...

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    What's plastic, what's steel?

    I didn't even notice until it was brought to my attention but aside from the rear panels, are there any other body pieces made from steel? My hood (WS6) appears to be fiberglass and the doors, fenders and bumpers plastic. Is this specific to model/ year? Just curious..I'll check prior threads too.

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    I believe the only steel panels are the roof section, quarters and(non WS-6) hood.

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    Oh yeah, and your headlight covers. They went to composite fenders and door skins when the fourth gens were introduced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 t/a vert View Post
    I believe the only steel panels are the roof section, quarters and(non WS-6) hood.
    Quote Originally Posted by 98 t/a vert View Post
    Oh yeah, and your headlight covers. They went to composite fenders and door skins when the fourth gens were introduced.
    Front Bumper: Plastic
    Front Fenders: Plastic
    WS6 Hood: Fiberglass
    Regular Hood: Steel
    Doors: Fiberglass
    Trans Am Rocker Panels: Plastic
    Sail Panel: Plastic
    Rear Quarter Panels: Steel
    Hatch: Fiberglass
    Wing: Fiberglass
    Rear Bumper: Plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 t/a vert View Post
    Oh yeah, and your headlight covers. They went to composite fenders and door skins when the fourth gens were introduced.
    My doors are completely fiberglass, front fenders are ABS plastic so are yours..
    Last edited by Smittro; 10-28-2010 at 05:07 AM.

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    Very light weight= very fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSilverSurfer View Post
    Very light weight= very fast
    that our cars are not..

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    that our cars are not..

    Agree. I scaled our Trans Am at 3,565 lbs. when it had 2 point SFC's and a catback: On the scales

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    that our cars are not..
    They arent light but at least they are not porkers like the 5th gens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raynor139 View Post
    They arent light but at least they are not porkers like the 5th gens.
    Add a 9" Rear and you might as well.

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    You'd think with all that plastic they would be lighter. After I get my car back from the shop I'm gonna get it weighed and see where it's at. I'm planning on building a new block (cast iron) so I imagine that will add a couple hundred pounds as well. Hope the added HP makes up for the added weight of the block. I DON"T want these Mustang guys pullin' on me.

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    They are relatively light for a V8 RWD car. They are certainly lighter V8 RWD cars and definitely heavier V8 RWD cars (Like about every V8 car made since the 4th gens, excluding the Vette)

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    Too much iron,, was used in f-body construction.. If more aluminum was used for componets they would have been lighter imho..
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    i dont think its that heavy for what it is..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maro SS View Post
    i dont think its that heavy for what it is..
    But it is very heavy for it's size.. imho..

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Agree. I scaled our Trans Am at 3,565 lbs. when it had 2 point SFC's and a catback: On the scales
    Speedworld scales in AZ put my car at 3468 before my fat ass is added... And that includes the custom weld-in SFC's...

    I suppose that's the difference between a Camaro and a TA. Headlight motors and all...
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    The track scaled TLS_Addict's Z-28 last weekend at 3,525 if I recall correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67CamaroRSSS View Post
    Speedworld scales in AZ put my car at 3468 before my fat ass is added... And that includes the custom weld-in SFC's...

    I suppose that's the difference between a Camaro and a TA. Headlight motors and all...
    Trans Am's are usually power everything (antenna, seats, windows, locks, headlights, etc) plus 150 speaker ( ) Monsoon stereo...little stuff adds up I suppose.
    A Firebird Formula (except a WS6 Formula maybe) probably weighs less than most Trans Ams

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    I'm not 100% if any of the WS6 hoods was metal on the later 4th gens, but I do know that on my '99, a base T/A, her hood was metal. I've also noticed that the WS6 hoods that Year One has for sale, Some are fiberglass some are metal, both are expensive from Year One though. I had bought a nonfunctioning fiberglass ramair hood from Jegs, that was easily made into a functioning hood. I helped my hubby takle off the original hood and put on the new hood. You could really tell the weight difference.

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    We pulled the hood on our car last year to paint it. I couldn't believe how heavy it was!

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