Kit Car Pictoral Journal
This is what the kit body looked like after it had just been delivered.  I already had cut up the Fiero so the body would just fit in place.  As you can see, the body itself is about 16 inches wider (8 each side) than the Fiero, so it looks a little funny now without the wider wheels and tires.  At first glance, I was pleased.  The body looked easy enough to put on.  I had planned to change a few minor things, but it still looked like it should be done in no time..
I wanted to use flat glass (instead of plexiglass) as my windows.  As I tested a piece, I noticed that there was no way it would fit in the slots they had made for the car.  The window is curved diagonally, instead of up and down like most cars.  This means that I would either have to have glass curved diagonally, and lose any attempt to make roll down windows, or I would have to raise the back of the roof to make it so the angle of the roof equalled the angle of the bottom of the window "sill" of the door.  The blue lines above show the difference in angles of the door and roof, and the distance I would have to raise the back of the roof to compensate.
I still used the angle of the trunk lid as a curve line for the back of the car.  I just lifted it 2 and a half inches at the top to use as a guide for the rest of the back which will have to be filled in to match the trunk lid.
After I had cut off the roof and examined the trunk lid for squareness, I found out that it had none.
I ground down the trunk to make it square with the roof that will be constructed, and this is what the original angle of the roof to the trunk was. (hint: the only line that is crooked and not even with the body is the original non sanded line.
These two pictures are the same, only one highlights in blue what the main support bar I made looks like.  This main support bar also will have the rear window glued to it from the back.  It is welded to the other frame built into the fiberglass body to make this the new support frame for the roof as well as the trunk lid hinge support.  Also marked in red, are the actual indicators of where the edges of the windshield should be when perfectly aligned with the lines running from front to rear.  As you can see, the driver's side of the window is about an inch too far in compared to the alignment of the passenger side, which was surprisingly accurate.
Also worth noting... the side upper air scoops are at different angles, as seen in the red markings.  There just seems to be more and more wrong with the kit the more I work on it.  The front piece is the only piece I haven't (yet) found a problem with.
In the marked area above, the filled in area below the air scoop and behind the area where the rear quarter glass goes, is a great spot for water to collect without any way to drain.  On the original Lamborghini, that area is a big grilled area to let more air into the scoop. 
I cut out all of the fiberglass below the scoop and bondoed a piece of metal at the exact angle the body should be where the back of the door will be.  I can now put the rear quarter glass at a greater angle and can also put the grill behind the rear quarter glass that leads into the air scoop.
Here's a picture of the metal framing I welded together to make the roof and window frame for the windshield.
Another view from the back passenger side.
Here's the first steep in making a new top.  I put styrofoam to fill in the roof and to build up down the back of the car around the air scoops.  I still just have the original flat window sitting in place.  Just ignore it!
Another view from the back.  You may also see the bondo marks on the edges of the trunk lid.  This is because the lid was curved both from front to rear, AND from left to right.  It shouldn't be curved hardly at all left to right, so I leveled it out.
Due to extreme irritation about the quality of this IFG kit, I'm taking another direction and I'm going to try to re-design it.
The Imaginary Fiberglass (IFG) Lamborghini Countach Kit:  5000s model:
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