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PRIVATEpastry
07-25-2005, 08:55 PM
Well. I started this install a while ago, maybe a month. I figured I'd get you all up to par, here.

Before:
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/6812/rear0jj.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=rear0jj.jpg)


That was my first system.

PRIVATEpastry
07-25-2005, 09:02 PM
Amp Rack


Trunk lid, where I'm fiberglassing an amp rack:
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/5972/trunklid4mg.th.jpg (http://img91.imageshack.us/my.php?image=trunklid4mg.jpg)

Trunk lid form (I did 3 layers of glass):
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/6260/form3rdlayer7eh.th.jpg (http://img91.imageshack.us/my.php?image=form3rdlayer7eh.jpg)

Framed up, amp rack in middle, then the vents on the sides:
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/6236/ampframeandventsmounted1cd.th.jpg (http://img91.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ampframeandventsmounted1cd.jpg)

Wrapped:
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/1930/formwrapped3lv.th.jpg (http://img91.imageshack.us/my.php?image=formwrapped3lv.jpg)

Glassed (I did 2 layers):
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/107/formwrappedsecondlayer5tg.th.jpg (http://img91.imageshack.us/my.php?image=formwrappedsecondlayer5tg.jpg)

Sanded down:
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/7788/formwrappedcut1zn.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=formwrappedcut1zn.jpg)


Thats as far as I am presently.

PRIVATEpastry
07-25-2005, 09:07 PM
Box for Xtant X124

Jiggin' (works just as well as a router if you have a steady hand):
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/3881/boxjigcircle7po.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=boxjigcircle7po.jpg)

Built:
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/4403/boxbuilt9au.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=boxbuilt9au.jpg)


Box is ~2.1 cubes tuned to 30hz.

PRIVATEpastry
07-25-2005, 09:12 PM
Flush Panel

Fitted:
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/7896/flushpanel9zf.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=flushpanel9zf.jpg)

Xtant cutout (I used styrofoam and an exacto knife):
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/431/foamcutout0to.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=foamcutout0to.jpg)
Like the pincushion?

Wrapped (I outlined the styrofoam with a pencil to give it definition):
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/6500/flushpanelwrapped3ti.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=flushpanelwrapped3ti.jpg)

Glassed (only one layer):
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/217/flushpanelglass0cy.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=flushpanelglass0cy.jpg)


This is everything so far. I'll keep posting pics as I move along.

Thanks in advance for any and all input.

SSS 18734
07-25-2005, 09:26 PM
Theres no better car than the Taurus!

Atomic
07-25-2005, 10:08 PM
Looks good. The resin didn't mess up the Styrofoam?

PRIVATEpastry
07-25-2005, 10:14 PM
Looks good. The resin didn't mess up the Styrofoam?

No, I made sure not to soak it too much.

Eugenics
07-25-2005, 10:17 PM
what colour are you going to paint it?

PRIVATEpastry
07-25-2005, 10:52 PM
Same as the car. I got the hookup with an ex-painter, he's just gonna charge me for the paint. :)

Bluntman420
07-25-2005, 10:59 PM
Theres no better car than the Taurus!
someones always gotta hate on the taurus..... :laugh: ....i drive one too so i know how it is....anyways lookin real good for sure.....keep updating the pics to show the end result.

PRIVATEpastry
07-26-2005, 12:17 AM
someones always gotta hate on the taurus..... :laugh: ....i drive one too so i know how it is....anyways lookin real good for sure.....keep updating the pics to show the end result.
Taurus power! :peace:

diminishedpower
07-26-2005, 12:50 AM
I drive a taures 2, they are the coolest, actually mines same color and stuff as theone in pic, what year is it?

SSS 18734
07-26-2005, 12:52 AM
someones always gotta hate on the taurus..... :laugh: ....i drive one too so i know how it is....anyways lookin real good for sure.....keep updating the pics to show the end result.

im not hating on it. I drive an 88 Taurus LX Wagon! :smokin:

Bluntman420
07-26-2005, 12:54 AM
im not hating on it. I drive an 88 Taurus LX Wagon! :smokin:
ohhh....lol......then you should know.....someone always has to say something...i drive a '96 GL

flakko
07-26-2005, 12:56 AM
I had a taurus wagon... the tranny blew 3 times withing 100k. lol

but good stuff man.

PRIVATEpastry
07-26-2005, 01:12 AM
I drive a taures 2, they are the coolest, actually mines same color and stuff as theone in pic, what year is it?
Mine's a '92.

THUNDERBIRD
07-26-2005, 01:21 AM
looks good but how big is that amp rack

PRIVATEpastry
07-26-2005, 01:31 AM
looks good but how big is that amp rack
Here's a pic of it when I was glassing it in my trunk lid. It will go almost from end to end.
http://img321.imageshack.us/img321/671/trunklidfirstcoatofresin8yq.th.jpg (http://img321.imageshack.us/my.php?image=trunklidfirstcoatofresin8yq.jpg)

diminishedpower
07-26-2005, 01:33 AM
yea i have a 94 taures, enormous trunks... to bad the opening ***** on em

PRIVATEpastry
07-29-2005, 12:55 AM
Flush panel sanded & cut:
http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/8703/flushpanelcutandsanded4le.th.jpg (http://img130.imageshack.us/my.php?image=flushpanelcutandsanded4le.jpg)

I'm most of the way done Bondo-ing it. I'll post pics when I'm done.

Raven
07-29-2005, 04:18 PM
yea i have a 94 taures, enormous trunks... to bad the opening ***** on em
Amen. I got a 92, the trunk is huge, but I can tell you with complete confidence that you can not fit anything larger than 36x16x16 in it.

PRIVATEpastry
07-29-2005, 08:42 PM
Bondo:
http://img128.imageshack.us/img128/993/flushpanelbondo5eg.th.jpg (http://img128.imageshack.us/my.php?image=flushpanelbondo5eg.jpg)

The part closest to you is sanded a little. I put on a latex glove and used my finger for Bondo-ing the xtant logo.

PRIVATEpastry
07-29-2005, 08:43 PM
The quality of my pictures will be bad for the next few weeks. I'm stuck with an old camera.

Mr. Opportunist
07-30-2005, 12:32 AM
great work, i got a 98 se :)

PRIVATEpastry
07-30-2005, 12:37 AM
Hooray for Tauruses! :clap:

Mr. Opportunist
07-30-2005, 12:38 AM
im doing something similar but subs are firing into cabin, im doin a false wall with type-r logo embossed and false floor for my amp :)

PRIVATEpastry
08-05-2005, 07:07 PM
Whoopie!
http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/3746/premierbox7xp.th.jpg (http://img86.imageshack.us/my.php?image=premierbox7xp.jpg)

http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/3060/premierbox24lr.th.jpg (http://img86.imageshack.us/my.php?image=premierbox24lr.jpg)

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http://img280.imageshack.us/img280/7741/premierbox62hu.th.jpg (http://img280.imageshack.us/my.php?image=premierbox62hu.jpg)

Sorry, this picture is crooked... lol:
http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/6393/770indash7wb.th.jpg (http://img86.imageshack.us/my.php?image=770indash7wb.jpg)

This was my first HU install. My JVC was installed professionally. The install was supprisingly very easy, I'm glad!

SSS 18734
08-05-2005, 07:12 PM
Yeah HU's arent all that hard to install. My taurus install was cake. Hey, how do you like the 770mp? I was thinking about picking one up to replace the 3600.

also, where did you get yours and for how much?

PRIVATEpastry
08-05-2005, 07:31 PM
Its awesome. The features are insane. There are a ton of EQ settings to tweak with, and the animations are cool. The 7-way knob controlling it all makes it a breeze.

Raven
08-05-2005, 10:48 PM
That's a kick *** coin tray, I took that little assembly out of mine so I could store a big-*** relay. =p

I'm interested, tell me more about the crossover network on that HU...

PRIVATEpastry
08-05-2005, 11:04 PM
I don't think I can remember all of them. Like on many HUs, there are RCA outputs; subwoofer, front, and rear channels. There are settings for each of these channels. Crossover functions for each of these channels, hi/lo; 50hz, 80hz, or 120hz. There are boosts for low, mid, and high that go from -6 to +6. Theres functions that I don't even know what they do, so I have some reading of the manual to do... I'll try and get pics posted of all the different settings.

PRIVATEpastry
08-10-2005, 12:41 AM
Amp rack bondo'd:
http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/139/formwrappedbondotop8wm.th.jpg (http://img353.imageshack.us/my.php?image=formwrappedbondotop8wm.jpg)

Bottom:
http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/538/formwrappedbondobottom2sw.th.jpg (http://img353.imageshack.us/my.php?image=formwrappedbondobottom2sw.jpg)
I did just enough around the corners to be able to get a smooth finish, while still keeping the same shape.

Much sanding to come... :crap:

PRIVATEpastry
08-11-2005, 01:00 AM
I'm about 3/4 done sanding with 60 grit on the amp rack, and about 2/3 done sanding with 60 grit on the flush panel.

I will be borrowing my bud's belt sander to make the flush panel as flat as possible.

Bluntman420
08-11-2005, 01:35 AM
good job...good pictures.....now get it done so we can see the results!!:D

Bluntman420
08-11-2005, 01:36 AM
did you just tape your trunklid or d you put something under it so you can get it off?...can someone explain that process to me please...thanks

PRIVATEpastry
08-11-2005, 01:57 AM
All I did was put the tape on the trunk lid. I did two layers, one horizontal and one vertical. I didn't put anything on the trunk lid to make it come off easily (it comes off fairly well), but if you want, you can put Pam, or Crisco on the top of the paint, so the fiberglass will come off easily.

PRIVATEpastry
08-13-2005, 02:44 PM
Look what came in today:

http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/3737/neon20package16ga.th.jpg (http://img355.imageshack.us/my.php?image=neon20package16ga.jpg)

http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/7103/neon20package29bu.th.jpg (http://img355.imageshack.us/my.php?image=neon20package29bu.jpg)

Installed:

http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/2813/neontrunk6jq.th.jpg (http://img355.imageshack.us/my.php?image=neontrunk6jq.jpg)

I spliced the original trunk light wires and powered the neon via those. I removed the original trunk light.

PRIVATEpastry
08-20-2005, 12:09 AM
Flush panel sanded with 50 grit:
http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/4113/flushpanel50grit9ty.th.jpg (http://img373.imageshack.us/my.php?image=flushpanel50grit9ty.jpg)

Amp rack sanded with 50 grit:
http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/6198/amprack50grit8rv.th.jpg (http://img373.imageshack.us/my.php?image=amprack50grit8rv.jpg)

Next step: fill the pinholes with whole milk.

80INCHES
08-20-2005, 12:20 AM
i had 3 12's in a taurus years ago.....and 2000 watts going to the box....and it was knocking
i miss that car
have fun with your taurus....oh yeah u can fit a 15 in there u know that rite

80

PRIVATEpastry
08-25-2005, 09:03 PM
Actually, 80, I was thinking when I upgrade, to get 2 more of the Xtant 12"s (4 ohm SVC). I'll be buying a Directed1500d within a week, and 3 of them would put a 1 ohm load on that amp, giving all three subs ~ rated power.

PRIVATEpastry
08-25-2005, 09:10 PM
I put an LED light in my dome light, and replaced 5 other bulbs in my car with green bulbs. I'm really pleased with the LED, not so much with the green bulbs.

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/9858/carleds17rh.th.jpg (http://img205.imageshack.us/my.php?image=carleds17rh.jpg)

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/5558/carleds22ur.th.jpg (http://img205.imageshack.us/my.php?image=carleds22ur.jpg)

I have some more green LEDs due in Friday or Saturday, so I'll update pics after I get those in.

You can check out the review of the store I bought them at, too:
AutoLumination (http://forums.caraudio.com/vb/showthread.php?p=1119957#post1119957)

PowerNaudio
08-25-2005, 09:42 PM
the system is looking pretty good.
I'm curios, when you were done glassing the amp rack to the piece that was glassed to the shape of the trunk lid did you check to see if it still fitted against the trunk lid, like it should, the reason i ask, is because i had warping issues ones doing something similar.
if it does fit, did you do anything special to keep the back fiber glass piece from warping while glassing the amp rack to it?. how thick did you make that fiber glass piece that goes against the trunk lid?

PRIVATEpastry
08-25-2005, 09:57 PM
Yes, actually the back did warp a little. I sanded it down and i'll be glassing over the hole that I sanded through. :( More work for me.

PowerNaudio
08-25-2005, 10:06 PM
Yes, actually the back did warp a little. I sanded it down and i'll be glassing over the hole that I sanded through. :( More work for me.

yea that *****.
i had to redo my piese all over though,
the second time i did it, when i pull the piese off the car, i glass (2) 2x4 board to the back of it in like 3 small spots of the glass piece to keep it from warping, and it worked nicely, when done i just cut the 2x4 on these small spots and i was done.

more pics please.
lol

PRIVATEpastry
08-25-2005, 10:24 PM
http://img78.imageshack.us/img78/3395/ampracksandedhole25ft.th.jpg (http://img78.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ampracksandedhole25ft.jpg)

http://img78.imageshack.us/img78/3083/ampracksandedhole14xq.th.jpg (http://img78.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ampracksandedhole14xq.jpg)

There ya go. :)

PowerNaudio
08-25-2005, 10:29 PM
not too bad i see the two little holes on the first pic,
what is the u shaped part on the second pic?

seth350
08-25-2005, 10:35 PM
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http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/3746/premierbox7xp.th.jpg (http://img86.imageshack.us/my.php?image=premierbox7xp.jpg)

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http://img280.imageshack.us/img280/7741/premierbox62hu.th.jpg (http://img280.imageshack.us/my.php?image=premierbox62hu.jpg)

Sorry, this picture is crooked... lol:
http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/6393/770indash7wb.th.jpg (http://img86.imageshack.us/my.php?image=770indash7wb.jpg)

This was my first HU install. My JVC was installed professionally. The install was supprisingly very easy, I'm glad!


I want it!!! :(

PRIVATEpastry
08-26-2005, 06:50 PM
not too bad i see the two little holes on the first pic,
what is the u shaped part on the second pic?
Actually, the two little holes you see in the first pic are supposed to be there. I'll be running power/speaker/RCA wires through those.

The second pic is a close up of the top of the first pic. Thats the hole that I had to sand down.

PRIVATEpastry
08-26-2005, 06:50 PM
I want it!!! :(
Yes! I love it. :D

PRIVATEpastry
08-26-2005, 06:51 PM
I got the new LEDs in today, and I'll get some pics posted tonight when its dark.

PowerNaudio
08-26-2005, 11:12 PM
**** that was allot of sanding, did you use an electric sander?

PRIVATEpastry
08-27-2005, 12:38 AM
I used a DrillSand and a 'custom' sanding block:

http://img385.imageshack.us/img385/304/sandingequipment3jc.th.jpg (http://img385.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sandingequipment3jc.jpg)

I like the sanding block. :D

PowerNaudio
08-27-2005, 12:56 AM
i use one of those on my FG boxes. they take allot of material.

so have you filled the hole back up yet?

PRIVATEpastry
08-27-2005, 12:58 AM
Nope, just got back from a 15 person poker tournament... I got 4th :( No $ for muah...

edit: Anyways, my first priority is to get the flush panel done. I got all the pinholes filled and I'm 99% done sanding with 60 grit.

PowerNaudio
08-27-2005, 01:07 AM
have you tryed an orbital sander?, it make those surfaces nice an clean way faster then a sanding block, they are worth the money and and saves you the elbo grease. lol

how much did you loose on pocker?

PRIVATEpastry
08-27-2005, 01:31 PM
Well the only thing I need the sanding block for is to get the waves out of the surface, I only used it for ~10 minutes. I asked my buddy if I could borrow his belt sander, but he's using it. That would've made the sanding go by 10x faster... :(

Oh, the poker game was only a $5 game. The pot was big, though, there were 10 people playing.

PRIVATEpastry
08-27-2005, 05:16 PM
Sanded with 240 and primed:
http://img362.imageshack.us/img362/1714/flushpanelprimed4el.th.jpg (http://img362.imageshack.us/my.php?image=flushpanelprimed4el.jpg)

There are a couple drips, but I'll sand those down with 240/360 before painting. I'm going to have my cousin-in-law paint it for me, since he used to be in the autobody business.

PowerNaudio
08-27-2005, 05:26 PM
is looking good but i would do way more sanding with the lower grid paper before moving on to the 100+ paper. it maybe the picture but its still looking rough.
but in a nice kind of way. lol.

PRIVATEpastry
08-27-2005, 05:48 PM
Lol, I used a Wagner Wideshot. Never again... :mad:

PowerNaudio
08-27-2005, 05:56 PM
Lol, I used a Wagner Wideshot. Never again... :mad:

hehe that *****, now you have to strip it, re-sand. lots of work.

PRIVATEpastry
08-27-2005, 06:02 PM
I'm definatley not stripping and resanding, its only drips. I'll sand those off with high grit sandpaper.

PowerNaudio
08-27-2005, 06:04 PM
what kind of paint did you use?

PRIVATEpastry
08-27-2005, 06:06 PM
Kilz

PRIVATEpastry
09-01-2005, 04:25 PM
Came in today:

http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/7631/distributionpackages2yu.th.jpg (http://img249.imageshack.us/my.php?image=distributionpackages2yu.jpg)

I'll get these installed as soon as possible. :D

PRIVATEpastry
09-22-2005, 10:01 PM
Allright, I finally got moving on this project. The flush panel is primed and ready to go. This time, I bought aerosol primer cans, and said "f*ck the WideShot."

http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/3001/flushpanelprimedandinstalled2l.th.jpg (http://img50.imageshack.us/my.php?image=flushpanelprimedandinstalled2l.jpg)

I don't know if I'm gonna paint the flush panel, I'm considering upgrading subs: 3 sealed Xtants maybe.

I'm debating on whether or not to paint the grills on my amp rack... Here's a pic:

http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/1222/amprackgrillsinstalled4ci.th.jpg (http://img355.imageshack.us/my.php?image=amprackgrillsinstalled4ci.jpg)

SSS 18734
09-22-2005, 10:03 PM
grilles? you mean air conditioning vent covers? :laugh:
Actually its quite clever!

But it depends how you're painting the rack... paint it to match.

PRIVATEpastry
09-22-2005, 10:05 PM
Yeah, I got the idea from Paul. I kinda liked them... what do you guys think I should do, paint them, or leave them white? The rest of it will be the color of the outside of my car... light blue.

PhatTonyDeMarco
09-22-2005, 10:06 PM
grilles? you mean air conditioning vent covers? :laugh:
Actually its quite clever!

But it depends how you're painting the rack... paint it to match.


x2 Don't leave them white.

THUNDERBIRD
09-22-2005, 11:34 PM
well bondo them in smooth and paint em but leaving them white would be a nice contrast

req
09-22-2005, 11:36 PM
definatly bondo them into the fiberglass and paint them to match the color of the box...

they just look retarded screwed down.

PRIVATEpastry
09-23-2005, 04:22 PM
I'd have to sand, bondo, and sand each little blade on the vent, wouldn't I?

PRIVATEpastry
09-25-2005, 05:29 PM
I'd have to sand, bondo, and sand each little blade on the vent, wouldn't I?
Maybe I could cut them out and put a different sort of grill in there? Any suggestions?

PowerNaudio
09-25-2005, 05:36 PM
I'd have to sand, bondo, and sand each little blade on the vent, wouldn't I?

not really just the surrounding area or trim. that should give it the flush look or grill look with out the square look.

THUNDERBIRD
09-25-2005, 06:54 PM
Maybe I could cut them out and put a different sort of grill in there? Any suggestions?
if u were to do that then just cut a trim ring and wrap them in speaker cloth

PRIVATEpastry
09-25-2005, 08:12 PM
not really just the surrounding area or trim. that should give it the flush look or grill look with out the square look.
But would the paint stick to the blades if I didn't sand them?