tough call.
the upside down lexus looks good, except for the ends tucking in.
the right side up lexus looks ok, just don't look Pantera ish
thus your original ideal fits the angles of the car, still look Pantera ish AND the screened upper rear just screams BADASS
I think you could even make the lenses thicker to the point the backup and the entire assembly become a triangle

The right side up Lexus 350 theme complements the angles of the body, as does your custom acrylic idea. Either looks like a unified design. The upside-down Lexus 350 theme does not.

Of the 3 choices, the right side up Lexus 350 looks the least like a C7 Corvette.



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Originally posted by Racecar Mike:
Your own creation (tail lights) looks best with your own creation (the car). Everything else looks like it came from something else.

I agree, you have aggressive angles all over so the custom seems to fit best to BADASS Mofo!
there was a time when I studied automotive design, and my college classmate, Tom Gale went on to become one of the best designers in the world, responsible for Chrysler's resurgence with the Viper, Prowler and Lamborghini fortunes. My Pantera became a love child of sorts but it had a weak front without headlights that can provide so much character. I love when people apply their own design sensitivities to cars, and automotive designers learn from them. Your handling of the front is great. However I would not have closed up the side window and faux vents, and maybe looked for a way to integrate it better into the side glass. I don't believe the exposed air cleaner is the final solution, so no comment. Nice job.
Thanks for the help with the tailights, folks.

But I still need your preferences on the rear fender treatment.

1 - Passenger side or drivers side version?

2 - Small or large openings?


I like that one triangle idea! Routering out 2 pieces of acrylic and inserting LEDs would sure be a lot easier than fabricating 6 unique lenses.


The scoops on the side and the roof are all functional. They also pop open fully like wing doors for easy refueling on the drivers side and access to the cans and electronics on the passenger side.

Thanks guys. Your comments are appreciated.

Yeah, Tom. I agree. I'm working on a cosmetic solution to the air cleaner. This unit breathes well and is functionally perfect. Eventually I'll duct to it from the side and roof scoops which may hide most of it.

I'm planning to dye it black for now. I'm going to remove the red K&E oil, dye it with some synthetic material black dye, then use a clear filter oil. Has anyone ever done that to a K&E filter?



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Last week a nut that holds the bolt adjustment in the slave backed off and I ending up with the clutch touching just enough to burn the clutch and glaze the pressure plate and flywheel during on a spirited 100 mile test ride.

Getting home with a slipping clutch was a fun experience but I made it home by perfect timing of traffic, hills and lights!



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It was my first experience taking out the ZF. A couple of friends came by which made it real easy.

I changed some seals and improved what I could without getting inside the trans. After cleaning everything up I replaced the clutch and had the pressure plate and flywheel resurfaced and adjusted.



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I am sure enjoying all the builds going on here. I learn a lot following them all. I and others may not always reply, but we love seeing the projects progress. Keep the stories and pics coming. Often there are long delays and I go back to page 1 and see how it all happened - again!

Life gets in the way of building these projects.

I should know having just passed to 5 year mark.

Getting from this



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David -

I think you have made a great design choice in your decision to thin out the fender flares.  I am looking forward to seeing the car in it's finished form. 

It is funny to me, but... Mikael had the saying "I'm on a train that never stops, so I'll never finish paying for my ride...." - I think it's pretty apt in your situation!

 Keep up the great work, and keep posting up the pictures!

 Rocky (a.k.a. Chuck)

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