Originally posted by GTPowered:
Looking for ideas about how the decklid should look for my supercharger cutout. Perhaps a hood scoop over it or leave it as it is.
When ever I am asked to help with a concept design, help to finish idea, or the occasional "I have this so WTF do I do next!", the first response is "are you totally happy with what you have right now?" and " how much of the modification (in this case is the engine) do you want exposed?". If the answer is a resounding YES, I'll try to suggest---design---add to the look with the YES in mind, if possible. If it's a "Well I don't know--what do you think?", that opens it up to the next questions which starts by finding out if the owner is doing the work them selves and if yes, it's best to establish the owner's skill set so the design does not overwhelm the them and/or a budget for the build. Next come up the some "napkin sketch" ideas and see if you're on the same page. With this in mind, how public do you want to go?
Whenever you are modifying anything, some will love it as much as sex and others would rather put pins in the eyes which is why I asked the public question. Personally I love the GT power plant and hope to build a car with one soon.
The only thing I can suggest without some additional info is this, just keep in mind the body work is body work and do not try and design around items that are not part of the body like the engine. If you can use the body shape to expose things like the blower, fantastic! Again keep in mind the modified shapes you chose should compliment the overall look or your taste since you'll be the one living with the final product.
My suggestion at this juncture would be to raise the front of the deck lid from side to side clearing the blower. As you come back where the blower and parts stop, stager the opening with 2 additional louver/grill work evenly dropping down to the original deck.(similar concept art below) If this is something you might consider, see if the deck builder would send you a section of the deck surface from the mold to use as the new surface since you have already cut yours. I can supply you with a section from on of my deck molds if this approach is of interest and you can not get the lid supplier to help.
The picture below gives you an idea of how the extended deck might look with the grill louver drop when needed. IMHO clear would net be the best approach in your case because of the heat involved and openness of the Pantera's deck size from side to side would expose items beside the engine that do not need to be seen---like 75% of the people on the French side nude beach in St Martin---some of those people should take showers with there clothes on---OMG.
For history's sake the concept art is from 1988---a 25 car custom Countach build for the 25th anniversary. I was working on the idea with Mr. Lamborghini's approval and with Chrysler's new ownership. It was a way cool project but the back story was unique, unfortunate and out of my control so another idea that went by the way-side.
Good luck and God speed with your finish---love the GT stuff.