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MetalMaxima
07-11-2005, 07:29 PM
The following will be a worklog of my fiberglassing attempt at a 4-din center console. Seeing as how my last fiberglassing project was a pretty favorable success, I am more than confident I can make this work! (http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/Trunk/46%20-%20All%20Painted.jpg)The console will house the following components:

(1) 7" Microvision LCD screen
(2) Alpine 9833, IMHO their last SQ-oriented HU
(3) Modified climate control housing

All of this will be mounted in a pine frame that has been backed with mortar board for reinforcment. The shifter console has been cut down to the 12V adapter in order to provide enough room for the wood frame. The wood frame will be attached to the shifter console, then the whole thing will be wrapped, resined, bodyfilled, holes cut, sanded to death, then painted. I will also be adding the buttons for an LED project into the console in the process.

Enough with the intro, now onto the pics!!! :spin:

MetalMaxima
07-11-2005, 07:30 PM
Here is a rough shot of all the components in place...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/01%20-%20Wood%20Frame.jpg

...and a shot of the wood frame installed (sorry for the crooked pic!)...you also get a sneak peek at my two-tone interior project here...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/02%20-%20Test%20Install%201.jpg

...and a shot from the side.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/03%20-%20Test%20Install%202.jpg

MetalMaxima
07-11-2005, 07:31 PM
Alright, I didn't get as much done as I had hoped in the past few days since I lost 2 days trying the secure the HU. SO, what I finally did was just say f*ck it to using a metal frame and decided to, you guessed it, fiberglass my own mounting frame. I started out by wrappin the backside of the frame in tin foil and then wrapped the HU in tin foil. Then I simply wrapped mat around the HU and pressed it to the back of the frame...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/04%20-%20HU%20Frame%201.jpg

...let is cure, then popped it out. Here is the frame. I will likley cut this tommorow and sand it down a touch. I will simply mount it to the frame using some very small screws.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/05%20-%20HU%20Frame%202.jpg

Now that the frame is secure to the shifter console, I am adding two strips to reinforce the bond between the center & shifter consoles.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/06%20-%20Reinforcment.jpg

...with any luck, I can wrap this tommorow!

MetalMaxima
07-11-2005, 07:31 PM
Ok, today I wrapped the fram in polar fleece and applied the resin. I think I am going to be having some sagging at the top where the monitor will sit, nothing a little body filler and some patience can' smooth out!

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/07%20-%20Glassing%201.jpg

MetalMaxima
07-11-2005, 07:32 PM
Alright, all I have time to do today is fit-test the peice and trim the excess fleece. I spent most of the day cleaning my fish tanks & cycling filters...the missus and I also got a new red & black oranda which has some AMAZING color to it, so we had to set up a quarentine tank for him which she has cutley named "Club Med". ANYWAY, here is the first side shot of the fit test...looks pretty good!

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/10%20-%20Fit%20Test%201.jpg

Looks like I will have some sanding to do on the driver's side, though...the fit is a bit too tight; nothing some wet-sand and 60-grit paper cannot make easy work of.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/11%20-%20Fit%20Test%202.jpg

Lastly, we see where my big challenge is going to be. I am not sure if I am going to tackle this with kitty hair or body filler. I will have to think out how this gap is going to be filled, but I am confident we can get this filled quite nicely.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/12%20-%20Fit%20Test%203.jpg

MetalMaxima
07-11-2005, 07:33 PM
Alright, time to fill that ugly gap in between the console and the air vents. I started by taping up the sides of the dash and the underside of the vents, and place a trash bag on top of the shifter assembly.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/13%20-%20Tiger%20Hair%201.jpg

Then I glopped the tiger hair into the gap...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/14%20-%20Tiger%20Hair%202.jpg

...then I cut the excess around the vents as best I could using a straight razor.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/15%20-%20Tiger%20Hair%203.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/16%20-%20Tiger%20Hair%204.jpg

Of course I will have to clean the lines up a bit more, but I will save that for Monday when everything is cured!

PS - THANK-YOU, REQ and dbornotdb! (on suggesting the Kitty Hair) :)

MetalMaxima
07-11-2005, 07:40 PM
Ok, EXCITING DAY!!!!! I started off by sanding the tiger hair so that I could close the gap between the console and the air vents...all in all, it looks pretty good. I am still going to have to perform some very delicate sanding to get it perfect, but this is as far as I needed to get it before the next step.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/17%20-%20Little%20Bit%20of%20Gap%201.jpg

...and now, for a close-up! It's quite flush, but there is still a leeeeettle gap I will need to fill. I'll show you how in the next step.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/18%20-%20Little%20Bit%20of%20Gap%202.jpg

MetalMaxima
07-11-2005, 07:43 PM
Now, remember how last time I used way too much MEKP when making he 50-50 mix of body filler and resin? Well, this time I wised up and scaled the MEKP back, and the body filler up. The result? A much less-viscous liquid to deal with. The pour went QUITE nicely and filled in +95% of the gaps! Tommorow, WE SAND. :( :(

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/19%20-%20Poured%201.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/20%20-%20Poured%202.jpg

chinny
07-11-2005, 07:45 PM
wow, that looks awsome!

chinny
07-11-2005, 07:46 PM
ill make sure i go by some of ur pics when i get my max

i3abyjay25
07-11-2005, 08:01 PM
i h8 u.... very nice and clean work... maybe 1 day ill be able to make something 15% as good as that

MetalMaxima
07-11-2005, 08:03 PM
i h8 u.... very nice and clean work... maybe 1 day ill be able to make something 15% as good as that

lol. :D Dude, this is only my second fiberglassing project...EVER. You can def do it! I purchased a dvd off of eBay showing me how to fiberglass and have never looked back. It gave me all the confidence I could ever need. You should check it out!

THUNDERBIRD
07-11-2005, 08:10 PM
looks sweet!

millerscents
07-11-2005, 08:18 PM
looks great

dbornotdb
07-11-2005, 10:26 PM
PS - THANK-YOU, REQ! (on suggesting the Kitty Hair) :)






:eyebrow:

MetalMaxima
07-11-2005, 10:58 PM
:eyebrow:

my bad, dude. :p:

dbornotdb
07-11-2005, 11:05 PM
my bad, dude. :p:




Ahhh it's all good. I meant to have a winking smily at the end of that also. Nice to see it working out for ya.

skeptikal
07-12-2005, 02:59 AM
nice work, keep goin so we can see how it's gonna look with everything installed!

boister77
07-12-2005, 05:23 AM
wow...nice work so far!

james33440
07-12-2005, 10:26 AM
looks awesome.

btw, do you ever visit www.nissanclubs.com ??? They will like this topic. ;)

MetalMaxima
07-12-2005, 06:45 PM
Ok, SO...nothing fun today. As with any project, I ran into a set back on this one. Whe I poured the resin on the peice, I didn't add enough MEKP, and, after 24 hours, the mix never cured! You can kind of see where the resin separated from the body filler (poor mixing, too) in the peice. It was plenty hard, but the surface was all sticky. Plus, there were some holes left too. Ugh

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/21%20-%20Poured%203.jpg

As you can see here, it cured for the most part...heh-heh. These brickers are QUITE fused.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/22%20-%20Brickers.jpg

So, after a trip to Pep Boys for some more body filler and HD for some more resin, it's time for a second pour. I used more MEKP than I needed, and made sure it was thoroughly mixed. This second pour turned out even better than the first! The peice is almost completley level now.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/23%20-%20Poured%204.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/24%20-%20Poured%205.jpg

Insomniac119
07-14-2005, 05:03 PM
Awsome. I hope it turns out good.

chinny
07-14-2005, 05:18 PM
wow.. that WILL turn out good!

Buckshot
07-14-2005, 07:37 PM
Looks sweet bro.

MetalMaxima
07-27-2005, 01:22 PM
argh

MetalMaxima
07-27-2005, 01:22 PM
Alright, I took a little nap around 3 today and fortunatley it gave me the energy I was looking for! I spent the day fit-testing and sanding the peice. So far the 60-grit phase is done, hopefully tommorow or Friday I can move through the 200, 500, and 1000 phases. Here is a pic of how the current console lines up with the air vents...it's ALOT harder to do than I thought!

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/25%20-%20Front.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/26%20-%20Right.jpg

We might have some work to do on this end...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/27%20-%20Left.jpg

MetalMaxima
07-27-2005, 01:24 PM
In spite of being bogged down with 12-hour shifts, I managed to get some work done on this thing. I first sanded the whole unit down with the typical 60, 150, 220, 500, and 800-grit papers to give it a baby-smooth finish. I also filled in all the holes and leveled all of the transistion lines with body filler and glazing putty. Don't mind how it looks at the top, if you look close enough yoiu can see the black fleece underneath.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/29%20-%20Smooth%20No%20Cuts.jpg

The I cut the climate control face and made the cutout for the unit. The picture is a little off-center, so the unit does not appear fully lined up, but in reality, it's pretty darn close, although not perfect. ;) I had to starts taking pictures inside since the camera lens fogs up not 0.01 seconds after I walked ouitside.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/30%20-%20Climate%20Conrol%201.jpg

Jtsky
07-27-2005, 01:34 PM
That looks great, but what would you do if you messed up? Any ideas on how much a peice like (the stock peice from the car) that would cost?

THUNDERBIRD
07-27-2005, 03:21 PM
looks good

tRiGgEr
07-27-2005, 03:33 PM
Almost done, looking good...

MetalMaxima
08-01-2005, 05:37 PM
Alright! I am ****ed determined to get the cuts done this weekend after spending every waking moment at work this past week. Here we can see some pics of the climate control face attached with body filler and sanded. There are a few rough spots which will require some attention later on.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/31%20-%20CC%20Far.jpg

and now for a close-up.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/32%20-%20Close%20Up.jpg

MetalMaxima
08-01-2005, 05:38 PM
I will have to use some Tiger Hair to fill the one side in since I sanded down to far (40-grit = paper saw, seriously :noes: ). But I must say that it looks hella good mounted this way.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/33%20-%20HU%20Mount%201.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/34%20-%20HU%20Mount%202.jpg

and a shot from the top. It's a bit contoured, but only if viewed from this angle, so I can live with that.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/34%20-%20HU%20Mount%203.jpg

MetalMaxima
08-01-2005, 05:42 PM
Ok, now time to get to the monitor! First things first, we have to saw out the faceplate. Now remember back where I had to use Tiger Hair to fill ni the gap between the mold and the air vents? Yeah, well it's back to haunt me. Take a look...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/36%20-%20Sawing%201.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/37%20-%20Sawing%202.jpg

...ugh, what a mess. Buuuutttt, after some hard work, things are REALLY shaping up!

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/38%20-%20Fit%20test%201.jpg

bimma85
08-01-2005, 07:45 PM
Looking great man, can't wait to see it completed.

dbornotdb
08-03-2005, 01:53 PM
Nice, Nice,
Coming along good.

Dj-torn
08-03-2005, 08:28 PM
.... (Speachless)

THUNDERBIRD
08-03-2005, 09:24 PM
Sweet

nametaken
08-03-2005, 10:02 PM
Incredible work man, im still amazed by the power of fiberglass and bondo.

Alpineinstaller
08-04-2005, 09:47 AM
coolio, very nice

bumpncarstereo
08-04-2005, 10:28 AM
wow, i am doind something like that in my car, but i **** so it dosent look that good

Insomniac119
08-04-2005, 11:17 AM
that looks so ****ing good.

but i though i'd warn you. the bond between the plastic and the bondo is not very strong and after a month or too they might start to crack apart and form gaps, thats what happoned to me :(.

MetalMaxima
08-06-2005, 07:22 PM
that looks so ****ing good.

but i though i'd warn you. the bond between the plastic and the bondo is not very strong and after a month or too they might start to crack apart and form gaps, thats what happoned to me :(.


REALLY. Well that's no good. :( Did you do anything to fix it?

MetalMaxima
08-06-2005, 07:23 PM
Alright, nothing friggin exciting here just some crappy days that set me back (can you tell I'm pissed?) Here is what has happened in the past 24 hours:

First I sanded the bejesus out of the monitor backside in order to get a nice flush fit.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/39%20-%20Backside%201.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/40%20-%20Backside%202.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/41%20-%20Gap%201.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/42%20-%20Gap%202.jpg

MetalMaxima
08-06-2005, 07:23 PM
You guys can expect some very tedious, boring pics for the next few posts. Now comes the boring-azz 'fine-tuning' portion where I line everything up juuuuust right.

Here we see the sides run over with body filler in order to fill all of the pits.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/43%20-%20Body%20Filler%201.jpg

And now fo some Tiger Hair on the one corner I messed up

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/44%20-%20Body%20Filler%202.jpg

And some more on the one end

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/45%20-%20Body%20Filler%203.jpg

MetalMaxima
08-06-2005, 07:24 PM
After some sanding of the previou steps and some fit testing I found that I still have some unnaceptable gaps on the sides of the HU and that the lower border of the monitor need be brought further up. So I created a backing out of some index cards and added some body filler to the areas I need to bring up.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/46%20-%20Body%20Filler%204.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/47%20-%20Body%20Filler%205.jpg

JAZN
08-06-2005, 08:09 PM
thats gotta ****. what kinda sander are u using?

MetalMaxima
08-06-2005, 08:13 PM
thats gotta ****. what kinda sander are u using?

Everything was done by hand. :crap:

MetalMaxima
08-06-2005, 08:24 PM
Okayyyy...it's time to start finishing this beast of a project up! I started the day by making nice and smooth edges for the monitor and the HU. I used a straight-edge in order to level off the edges as best I could...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/48%20-%20Sanding%201.jpg

...and here is how the edges came out for the monitor...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/49%20-%20Sanding%202.jpg

...and for the HU...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/50%20-%20Sanding%203.jpg

...and here's how it all look together!

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/53%20-%20Sanding%206.jpg

PRIVATEpastry
08-06-2005, 08:29 PM
Everything was done by hand. :crap:
You're kidding... Go buy a drillsand addapter for your drill. It costs $5 and its the best $5 I've ever spent.


http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/48%20-%20Sanding%201.jpg
I have the same straightedge :).

MetalMaxima
08-06-2005, 08:29 PM
Here's how the monior looks in place...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/51%20-%20Sanding%204.jpg

...and on the HU WE STILL HAVE THE EFFING GAPS!!!!

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/52%20-%20Sanding%205.jpg

So I went back for a final time and added body filler to the HU only, so this is the last use of body filler I ever hope to see again! I am going to do what I can on the gaps a third time, and if it's not as good as I want it to be, I already have a back-up plan in mind.

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/54%20-%20Sanding%206.jpg

I am going to try and work on this tommorow, although I think I am just going to work on the mounting frames for a change of pace.

HincklNutt
08-06-2005, 08:41 PM
very very nice job. thats going to be an awesome setup when its all done. keep the pics coming!

94CamryBumpin
08-06-2005, 11:08 PM
****..so those fiberglassing DVD's that they sell on ebay are actually worth it? i always though they were a scam...

req
08-06-2005, 11:27 PM
dude.

why didnt you just get a genaric DIN mounting thing for like a honda civic and cut the thing apart, and glue it with ABS cement to the panel there?

then just fill in the gaps?

would have made it alot eaiser. and getting some hzemall.com plastic bodyfiller would have made your life alot eaiser - i hope for your sake that the filler dosnt come off the plastic 0_o

MetalMaxima
08-07-2005, 09:53 AM
why didnt you just get a genaric DIN mounting thing for like a honda civic and cut the thing apart, and glue it with ABS cement to the panel there?

The generic AM unit would allow me to fit the monitor and climate control only. In order to make all of the peices fit, the climate control frame had to be modified, and the space between the air vents & monitor; monitor & cc; cc & shifter frame were all significantly reduced from that of an aftermarket unit. How do I know this? That was what I had tried originally. The only way to make them all fit was using the wood frame.


and getting some hzemall.com plastic bodyfiller would have made your life alot eaiser - i hope for your sake that the filler dosnt come off the plastic 0_o

I did not think of it at the time. I am kicking myself in the head because I already have the stuff you need to bond plastic, and I did not even use it. :crap: Even if cracks begin to evolve in the peice then all I need do is cut it out and refill it with the correct bonding material. I will have to wait and see what happens.

Insomniac119
08-07-2005, 12:42 PM
You should get some of the liquid pastic stuff and apply it on the back side of it all. All you need is something to hold it together. So you could try plastic cement, or even mix plastic cement with resin :eyebrow: .

MetalMaxima
08-11-2005, 07:47 PM
MONEY SHOTS!!!


...it's lookin' good!!! I should have all of this done and ready to be painted after THIS weekend...(how many times have I said THAT? )

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/55%20-%20Dry%20Fit%201.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/56%20-%20Dry%20Fit%202.jpg

THUNDERBIRD
08-11-2005, 08:11 PM
looks good

DIPayton
08-11-2005, 10:08 PM
very nice work. Looks like a lot of hard work. If you lived near me, I'd be paying you big bucks to do some work for me.

Mr. Opportunist
08-11-2005, 10:10 PM
wow looks great, your work makes me want to attempt something like this, i wish i had the money to get my carputer...

req
08-11-2005, 10:55 PM
lookin good man.

i meant, get an ABS kit, and cut the din-size out so the alpine cage would fit perftectly - and then cut the kit up, and use the plastic bonding stuff to put it where it needed to go. then cut out the monitor hole from the stock panel, and build a monitor mount with ABS and that glue. then fill all the gaps and ugly spots on the front with the ABS filler from hzemall. i think it might have saved you ALOT of time, and it would be much sturdier.

i hope it stays together. but it looks sweet so far.

954runner
08-11-2005, 11:42 PM
lookin good man.

i meant, get an ABS kit, and cut the din-size out so the alpine cage would fit perftectly - and then cut the kit up, and use the plastic bonding stuff to put it where it needed to go. then cut out the monitor hole from the stock panel, and build a monitor mount with ABS and that glue. then fill all the gaps and ugly spots on the front with the ABS filler from hzemall. i think it might have saved you ALOT of time, and it would be much sturdier.

i hope it stays together. but it looks sweet so far.


that does sound much easier, but it still looks AMAZING!

kwhitelaw
08-12-2005, 02:08 AM
Next time, I would glue the alpine trim ring into the hole you cut. Then you are guaranteed a perfect gap around the unit and no problems with the motorization. It looks good though. Hopefully now people will understand why shops charge alot to do this type of work. I would have prolly 2-3 full days in it at the shop. $750 plus materials. So you saved alot and got the experience.

Once again good job

kevin
tweeter

wacktool
08-23-2005, 09:09 PM
any updates?

MetalMaxima
08-28-2005, 04:05 PM
Ok, so here's where we're at: much to my suregrin, the peice started cracking around the climate control so I had to sand out the trim, and fill it back up with a 3M Rigid Two-Parts Plastic Repair Epoxy. After a ton of sanding, we're ready to prime!

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/57%20-%20Ready%20to%20Prime.jpg

Here's how she looks primed...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/58%20-%20Primed.jpg

Hrrrm, but we still have these annoying little pits to fill!

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/59%20-%20Ptrimed%20Holews.jpg

So, here's what I hope will be my FINAL filling step...

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/60%20-%20Final%20Hole%20Fille.jpg

With any luck, I will be able to sand this on monday, and GIT-R-DONE!!!

Rattlebrain
08-28-2005, 06:22 PM
Thats looking great. Keep us posted!:thumbupw:

nametaken
08-28-2005, 11:04 PM
looking awesome, what did you cover up those pinholes with?

Buckshot
08-28-2005, 11:12 PM
Most likely spot puddy. Which is made to fill in pin-holes left from air in the body filler.

subboxmaker
08-29-2005, 12:21 AM
lookin good man. I'm going to be doing something similar. I'm mounting a 7" touchscreen monitor where the old cd player was and not having a headunit at all. Then im gonna fiberglass the climate controls where the sunglasses holder is above the rear view mirror. Should be fun. I'll take some pics

oh i got a 2k3 maxima btw

ighettoboyi
08-29-2005, 01:32 AM
2k3 max's rock :)

hey metal, it's CHAGRIN...btw what happened to you getting banned on the org?

MetalMaxima
08-29-2005, 07:15 AM
2k3 max's rock :)

hey metal, it's CHAGRIN...btw what happened to you getting banned on the org?

Well, you can chalk it up to a stupid thread I posted when I was tired as HELL from deadening the trunk. The one dude was asking about how to get into his Max in which he locked his keys. Then I made a thread about how to use your cell phone and another keyfob to get in your car - little did I know this had been reposted like whoa, and E55AMG banned me for a week. I had my reservations about posting this, and almost searched before I posted it - but I didn't. I was tired and did not think before I started typing, so I blame it on myself. ;) The ban lifts on Tuesday or Wednesday, so I'll just have to tide my time during the interim.

I'm kinda pissed that I'm banned right now as I need to see some pictures of 6.5" speakers mounted with MDF rings in the doors right about now. :laugh:

PS - Chagrin, I thought I was spelling it wrong. :blush:

MetalMaxima
08-29-2005, 07:16 AM
lookin good man. I'm going to be doing something similar. I'm mounting a 7" touchscreen monitor where the old cd player was and not having a headunit at all. Then im gonna fiberglass the climate controls where the sunglasses holder is above the rear view mirror. Should be fun. I'll take some pics

oh i got a 2k3 maxima btw

Silvermax2k2 has done this, it looks really good...you can find the thread on Maxima.org.

djfrestyl
08-29-2005, 11:20 AM
Yo dan what pics of mdf rings u need?

hit me on aim: DJ Frestyl

MetalMaxima
08-29-2005, 11:28 AM
Yo dan what pics of mdf rings u need?

hit me on aim: DJ Frestyl

Hey, Nilesh! Will do, brotha...I will it you up when I get home from work today. I need pics of a 6.5" speaker with an MDF ring mounted in the rear and front door, as well as a picture of an aftermarket tweeter mounted in the OEM position. Thanks, man!!!

-Dan

rollininstyle04
08-30-2005, 08:16 PM
Looks awesome, I really wish I had the time to learn to glass. What color is it going to be painted? Silver, to match the rest of the interior dash pieces?

djfrestyl
08-30-2005, 08:57 PM
It's going to be painted Bone color, to match the two tone bone/black leather/suede interior he's working on

Dosh142
08-30-2005, 10:20 PM
So what are you running on the lcd? Are you hooking up a PS2 or something?

MetalMaxima
08-31-2005, 06:53 AM
So what are you running on the lcd? Are you hooking up a PS2 or something?

I was condsiering something of that nature, but I don't have the funds for that. An as Dj had stated, I will be painting this BONE to match the rest of the two-toning I am working on...

...I am having one HELL of a time trying to eliminate these blasted pinholes!!! :mad:

Buckshot
08-31-2005, 02:15 PM
Did you use Glazing putty?

MetalMaxima
08-31-2005, 02:23 PM
if you have made it that far you will get the pinholes out....excellent work to by the way....one question though....was it difficult running all of your heater/AC wires and relocating it?

No need to. It's still in the center console. Fortunatley Nissan was generous with their wiring harness leads.


Did you use Glazing putty?
Yup, still holey. I am going to give this one last round with a high-end body filler...

...anyone with more suggestions, I'm open to hearing them!!!

Dosh142
08-31-2005, 08:43 PM
If you aren't putting a ps2 in there, then what does the lcd do? Sorry I might have missed someting :uhoh:

AVSTANG02
08-31-2005, 10:04 PM
Maybe he will run a rear view camera.. he can allways add the ps2 dvd player at a later time.

If he's going to do all the work now he may as well work the lcd in it instead of having to do it all over again later just for the lcd..

MetalMaxima
09-01-2005, 06:59 AM
his headunit probably plays DVD's....thats my guess.

Bingo. ;) I have a plain-jane DVD player I am going to be putting in. :crazy:

kmart fan6
09-01-2005, 10:29 AM
Looking nice man, I was planning on doing something similar to that, for my 00 Altima, but I decided to just put some guages in there instead.

but never the less good work.

dbornotdb
09-02-2005, 11:50 AM
Gets some Dupli-Color Filler Primer. The grey colored one, not the red colored one.
Lay down a couple even coats of it, let it tack and look for the pin holes. pray the areas with the holes till they fill. Just try not to goob it on way too thick. Let it dry in the sun if possible or overnight.
Use some 200 - 220 grit and wetsand it smooth. Repeat the prime if needed, and then sand again.

It will work guarranteed.

MetalMaxima
09-02-2005, 12:29 PM
Gets some Dupli-Color Filler Primer. The grey colored one, not the red colored one.
Lay down a couple even coats of it, let it tack and look for the pin holes. pray the areas with the holes till they fill. Just try not to goob it on way too thick. Let it dry in the sun if possible or overnight.
Use some 200 - 220 grit and wetsand it smooth. Repeat the prime if needed, and then sand again.

It will work guarranteed.

That's the primer I'm already using. :p:

Well, I went back and filled the holes in with some more body filler. I am using the BONDO GOLD this time, it seems as though it might have filled it a bit better...more pics this weekend!!!

dbornotdb
09-02-2005, 12:53 PM
Filler primers are a form of sprayable body filler. If you cake it in the holes, it will fill, and you can sand it out. It will save ALOT of time from going back and forth with the body fillers.




And I am not a critic of your methods. Try to share time saving tips.:thumbsup:

MetalMaxima
09-02-2005, 01:00 PM
And I am not a critic of your methods. Try to share time saving tips.:thumbsup:

Oh, by all means...please DO criticize! I am more than open to onstructive criticim...I am no professional by any stretch and can only get better by learning off the wisdom of others. :)

dbornotdb
09-02-2005, 01:04 PM
Well then after this round of body work you do on it, check for pin holes. If they are present, fill them with the Filler Primer like I said. Put the spot and glazing putty away. It is a waste of time and can be cut out of your steps.

MetalMaxima
09-02-2005, 06:00 PM
Well then after this round of body work you do on it, check for pin holes. If they are present, fill them with the Filler Primer like I said. Put the spot and glazing putty away. It is a waste of time and can be cut out of your steps.



DB, YOU ARE MY FVCKING HERO!!! :veryhapp: I just got finished spraying the CRAP out of my peice...and almost ALL of the holes are filled!!! I finally feel like I am going to be able to get this done!!! I will have pics up in a hot minute! Your advice to spray the crap out of it worked like a true miracle!!!

MetalMaxima
09-02-2005, 06:33 PM
Ok, looks like we're FINALLY nearing the end!!! Last night, I tried using BONDO GOLD to cover the holes, then sanded down the mess (again), and STILL had holes. So, then I used the DB method, AND IT WORKED!!! I have some areas where the primer was a bit too heavy, but no biggie, I can just sand that down. Here's a look at how it's coming along!!!

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/61%20-%20Final%20Filling%20Front.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/61%20-%20Final%20Filling%20Left.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/61%20-%20Final%20Filling%20Right.jpg

We're FINALLY nearing the end!!!

Alpineinstaller
09-03-2005, 10:27 AM
you are still looking awesome......GET THAT THING PAINTED!!!

dbornotdb
09-03-2005, 12:25 PM
Sweet.

Runs are to be expected when filling pinholes with that method, but they sand easier than using body filler or glazing putty over and over.


Now get some paint on that thing already.;)

PV Audio
09-03-2005, 01:59 PM
nice job man, looks REALLY good!

MetalMaxima
09-05-2005, 08:12 PM
Awwwriiiiight! The holes are FINALLY filled...this peice is now officially flawless. I will have some sanding to do tommorow and FINALLY PAINT THIS BISH!!! Here's how the sides came out:

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/63%20-%20Final%20Prime%20Right.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/64%20-%20Final%20Prime%20Center.jpg



...now I have a question: do I paint this black or bone? I am up in the air, as I am going 2-tone with my interior. What do you think?

Mr. Opportunist
09-05-2005, 08:31 PM
black

PV Audio
09-05-2005, 08:34 PM
negroize it!

PRIVATEpastry
09-05-2005, 10:18 PM
Bone!

PhatTonyDeMarco
09-05-2005, 10:19 PM
Depends on if there is going to be anything else bone on the dash, if everything on the dash will stay black, then I would say paint the console bone to continue the two-tone effect.

Rattlebrain
09-05-2005, 10:21 PM
i vote black

PhatTonyDeMarco
09-05-2005, 10:23 PM
i vote black


Natzi....:mad:

Dj-torn
09-05-2005, 10:24 PM
I say BONE for the contrast against everything thats going into it

Rattlebrain
09-05-2005, 10:27 PM
Natzi....:mad:
ooooooo K:eyebrow:

Chevyaudio
09-05-2005, 10:28 PM
Black has my vote

PhatTonyDeMarco
09-05-2005, 10:32 PM
Maybe a poll is in order.. :D

Mr. Opportunist
09-05-2005, 10:35 PM
eh i didnt think about it, dials will be black, screen will be black, i change my vote to bone...

94CamryBumpin
09-05-2005, 10:44 PM
definetly bone for the two-tone/contrast...

btnhfan
09-05-2005, 11:03 PM
Bone

Contrast will look good.

djfrestyl
09-05-2005, 11:27 PM
Dan,
BONE FOR SURE

your dash is black. your vents are bone. the entire center console and all other 'accent' pieces are also bone, do it bone for sure.

MetalMaxima
09-07-2005, 08:48 PM
Finally done! Do you think I should slap an SE badge where the blank space is? Lemme know what you think!!!

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/67%20-%20Right%20Side%20FINAL.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/68%20-%20Left%20Side%20FINAL.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/4-Din/69%20-%20FINAL.jpg

PRIVATEpastry
09-07-2005, 08:52 PM
Sweet!

I say leave it badge-less.

Buckshot
09-07-2005, 08:59 PM
Looks awesome my man, good work.

PV Audio
09-07-2005, 09:21 PM
pics of installed?

Buckshot
09-07-2005, 09:28 PM
looks pretty stupid to me


COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :2thumbs:

bimma85
09-07-2005, 09:32 PM
Saw this thread and your deadening thread. Awesome work man.

saywhat?
09-07-2005, 09:43 PM
y dsont ya install it for us ???

MetalMaxima
09-07-2005, 09:44 PM
i could do that without thinking, in my sleep :rolleyes:

Cool. You know what? I can do differential equations, Laplace Tranfsorms, and Fourier Series without thinking...in my sleep. But hell, if you can do better, congrats to you. This took ALOT of hard work and dedication. Considering how this is only my second FG project, I am VERY proud of my work. I had fun doing this, and like how it turned out. ALL of your posts reek of the same derrogatory bullcrap. Why did you come on this board if all you wanted to do was $hit on people? You're a pathetic, worthless, e-thugging bs artist. It's people like you I laugh at when you're pumping gas and still living at home when you're 30.

Thanks for the compliment, Bimma! So do you think I should put SOMETHING there?

PV Audio
09-07-2005, 09:47 PM
bro, u didnt answer me :)

u got any pics of it installed?

Bake
09-07-2005, 10:05 PM
awsome work.

MetalMaxima
09-07-2005, 10:08 PM
bro, u didnt answer me :)

u got any pics of it installed?


Oh, haha...sorry, no pics of that until next week...I am redoing my interior in bone & black, as well as deadening it...the complete overhaul takes place next week. ;)

PV Audio
09-07-2005, 10:35 PM
ahh good stuff, good stuff

Insomniac119
09-07-2005, 10:38 PM
I don't think it could look better. Awsome work my man :yourock:

Hurry up with the final pics of it installed and everything.
GIT-ER-DONE!

PV Audio
09-07-2005, 11:08 PM
god****it that is clean as hell, i can't get over it

boister77
09-08-2005, 03:52 AM
very nice work!

dbornotdb
09-08-2005, 09:05 AM
I say don't put anything on it. It looks clean like that. Don't want to clutter it up.









Is it installed yet?? Come on already.:naughty: :naughty:

req
09-08-2005, 12:09 PM
sweet metal.

that does look killer.

get that thing in and post them pics! awesome job, glad i contributed man. A+ for a second FG job.

MetalMaxima
09-08-2005, 07:29 PM
sweet metal. awesome job, glad i contributed man. A+ for a second FG job.

Thanks are en way to you and dbornotdb for all of the inspiration you guys have provided to even motivate me this far! I can remember last winter paging through your respective sites in awe of what I had seen there. Neither of my projects would have turned out so well had you guys not paved the way first. Next spring I am going to make an all-out effort to try an do some work for other Maxima owners that are interested...who knew a hobby could be fun AND lucrative? :p:

I'll post a what went right/what went wrong listing later on tonight.

TooLowTooGo
09-08-2005, 09:45 PM
*subscribed for install pics*

cant wait to see that installed. i **** at fiberglassing, ask db. haha

req
09-08-2005, 10:22 PM
thanks for the compliements metal.

yours turned out awesome as well :)

Dj-torn
09-08-2005, 10:31 PM
^ Subscribed^ to this thread and the deadding thread

:wow: :wowflash: :wow:

$$$$$$HIT man 2nd FG job, those are some SICK SKILLS. :bowdown:

As far as labeling it, maybe put the nissan logo there, IMO; put everything in first and see how it will look, then decide wether it will look to clutter or not.

ramos
09-09-2005, 10:11 AM
That's pretty sweet there brotha man. You did it the hard way, and still kept at it. That shows you got the two biggest skills involved with glasswork, patience and persistance. Keep up the good work, it gets easier the more you do. :)



Ps I vote leave it clean. It's sexier........ :inlove: :)

Mark_ab
09-11-2005, 02:38 AM
Looks great. Leave it clean, it'll be tacky otherwise.

Fiberglassing gets easier and easier once you get more experienced with the tricks of the trade. The initial coats of bondo are where you really cut back on time. You'll go from doing 5 coats to get it sufficient down to two or one with minor things to fix. Dealing with the right materials makes life significantly easier as well. Get an orbital sander, don't use Bondo brand, if you have the resources use feather-fill. If you're doing large projects use a biaxial mat, make sure you mind your mixes of resin. Too hot and you'll get some warpage and brittleness, too little and, well you know how that goes.

Once you get into the fiberglass groove you'll find very few things that aren't possible.

snb778
09-16-2005, 11:08 PM
have any of you heard of mixing in baby powder with the resin to make sanding easier...??? I know a kid that did this to make a complete body kit for his car, but is that something you would want to do with an enclosure for strength purposes?

baseballer1100
09-17-2005, 12:58 AM
Where did you get the monitor from and how much??

PV Audio
09-22-2005, 07:44 PM
bump for questions!

MetalMaxima
09-22-2005, 07:52 PM
Lemans - thanks for the bump!



$$$$$$HIT man 2nd FG job, those are some SICK SKILLS. :bowdown:

As far as labeling it, maybe put the nissan logo there, IMO; put everything in first and see how it will look, then decide wether it will look to clutter or not.

Well, I have an assload of LEDs I am going to be adding, and I needed a switch for them, so I actually bought this thing today...should be in soon...and will go in the middle of that blank area. I think it's gonna look hella sweet! I am already talking to a few maxima.org members about doing some custom work...nothing like making some good money on the side doing somthing you love!!!

http://www.frozencpu.com/images/products/detail_hires/ele-70.jpg


have any of you heard of mixing in baby powder with the resin to make sanding easier...??? I know a kid that did this to make a complete body kit for his car, but is that something you would want to do with an enclosure for strength purposes?

Probably not. It would only thicken the resin. This is a strange paractice...but you're talking to the guy that used flour as a thickening agent. :laugh:


Where did you get the monitor from and how much??

Online for $160 with a 2-year warranty. It's a microvision LCD.

I should have everything INSTALLED in a week or two...I'll be sure to take pics!!!

PV Audio
09-22-2005, 08:01 PM
looks pretty clean

req
09-22-2005, 09:31 PM
you love that bulgin vandal resistant switch i showed you eh maxima ;)

them things are sweet.

LightningGA
10-08-2005, 01:37 PM
looks f'n sick.....about to start a similar project in my car

LightningGA
11-02-2005, 06:31 PM
bump for updates :D

dru
11-02-2005, 07:47 PM
after going thru all 10 pages, I have still yet to see the final product. Way to tease me. :laugh:

anyways. great job man, i seriously have lost interest in car performance and moved it all to car audio/fiberglassing

i have a new summer hobby :D

HondaPh00l
12-04-2005, 09:37 PM
Hey are we gonna be lucky enought to see some final pics?

Alex

SAG3
12-06-2005, 12:45 AM
I should have everything INSTALLED in a week or two...I'll be sure to take pics!!!
so 3 months later . . .

bumpncarstereo
12-06-2005, 07:44 AM
frozencpu's store is about 20 mins from my house, if that. ohh and where are the finished pics?

Chevyaudio
12-07-2005, 12:39 PM
Check out his deadening thread, I think finished pics are there.

Chevyaudio
12-07-2005, 12:43 PM
http://www.caraudio.com/vb/showthread.php?t=116335&highlight=bone

Here you go all of my friends

MetalMaxima
12-07-2005, 01:09 PM
Oh, wow...I ****...gimme a few mins to load some pics.

MetalMaxima
12-07-2005, 01:14 PM
http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/LED%20MD/68%20-%20Map.jpg

http://elvis.rowan.edu/~reimj40/dans%20folder/Two%20Toning/65%20-%20FS%20Lights.jpg

Ugh, I need better pics...I'll get them tonight. ;)

Mark_ab
12-07-2005, 01:33 PM
Looks posh.

Daylight?

baseballer1100
12-07-2005, 05:58 PM
Simply amazing

Defconx3
12-07-2005, 06:19 PM
**** man, I hope you have a sweet alarm.