This is the shop where Phil Little stores his molds. All the molds you see were made from hand-built patterns by Phil. Phil was (and is) an advertising guy when he started making fiberglass parts for his flat track bikes and for race friends. Half of these molds were made when Phil owned Omar’s Dirt Track Racing. That company was sold to a California man but the molds always stayed in Minnesota because there are so few fiberglass companies across the nation who mess with small parts. The California guy went bust and Phil’s glass guy now owns the parts and sells them at omarsfiberglass.com. The other molds are active for Phil’s current company, Phil Little Racing.
Parts start here with a mold. Its interior is coated with dedicated waxes as the release agent. (This of course is not a Storm part.) The Storm is made with four parts; tank top, tank bottom, tail and seat base.
Finally fiberglass/resin is sprayed into the mold where it cures in about a half a day. This part has had the excess glass strands trimmed away. This is usually done with a Stanley knife when the matrix is semi-hard.
Here is the new born part out of the mold. It’s surface will have micro flaws which go away if the owner sands for painting. When a part is done in colored gelcoat like this one Phil will sand the part with 2000 wet/dry then polish to a high luster with a 3M micro polish.