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Insomniac119
07-15-2006, 06:47 PM
I got payed $200 up front + more once it's finished to do some easy work on my friend's uncle's caddy. He wants me to fiberglass some door pods, run all the wires, and simply install it all. I just started a couple days ago.

Door panels I'm working on:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado001.jpg

Tapped up and ready to glass:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado002.jpg

After one layers:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado004.jpg

Pulled it off the panel and ripped off the tap:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado003.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado005.jpg

Here are the speakers going in them:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado006.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado007.jpg

They're boston acoustics. I'm not sure what model, but they're old and probably used. They'll sound good though. I don't have the tweets yet, but they're bostons too.

I know what you're thinking, what's up with all the teaser pics and no pr0n? Well, I did all that work today and yesterday. Then I'm going out of town for a couple days, then I've have 4 days to finish them (deadline). So you'll get the goods soon enough.

Like I said, I'll be getting around $200 for them (at least), tell me if you think this is a fair deal.

dbornotdb
07-15-2006, 10:57 PM
$200 is decent.

You could do something more eficient for yourself and look really good in the end if you just popped out the existing grill, mounted a ring to it, stretch polyester material over it, resined that, then strengthened that and popped the grill back in the door.
5 hours and $200 in your pocket.

Insomniac119
07-15-2006, 11:55 PM
That would look like azz.

I take pride in my work, I want this done right. I'm going to do it exaclty how I did mine, they look perfect and still do a year later.

blue93corsica
07-16-2006, 12:20 AM
$200 is decent.

You could do something more eficient for yourself and look really good in the end if you just popped out the existing grill, mounted a ring to it, stretch polyester material over it, resined that, then strengthened that and popped the grill back in the door.
5 hours and $200 in your pocket.
i was gonna mention the same thing


That would look like azz.

I take pride in my work, I want this done right. I'm going to do it exaclty how I did mine, they look perfect and still do a year later.

IMO i think the grill method would look justas good, also much mich easier to constrruct and assmeble and much quicker,i dont think its half asses at all

my opinion anyways

Insomniac119
07-16-2006, 12:21 AM
No, the grill is way too small to fit a 6 1/2" speaker + tweets in there. Trust me.

dbornotdb
07-16-2006, 12:28 AM
I take pride in my work, I want this done right. I'm going to do it exaclty how I did mine, they look perfect and still do a year later.





I guess your right. I like to half *** all my stuff and rip off all my customers.


Not once did I say the way you were doing it was wrong. I mentioned a faster way that turns out great to save you time which equals money.

dbornotdb
07-16-2006, 12:32 AM
No, the grill is way too small to fit a 6 1/2" speaker + tweets in there. Trust me.



Ok.
Looking at the panel, it looked like they would fit.
Thats is all.

Insomniac119
07-16-2006, 12:43 AM
If I wanted to make them fit, I could. But I would have to angle the speakers down so that they're not sticking out in a weird way, or at least verticle. And the guy wants them angled up.

dbornotdb: I didn't mean it that way. I've seen your work, good stuff. This is my first time doing something like this for someone other than myself, so I'm just kinda paranoid about doing them right instead of what's easy.

Insomniac119
07-21-2006, 12:48 AM
UPDATE! :)

Cut out the fiberglass molds (tossed alot of the mold I thought I wanted but decided I didn't), made some baffles and mounted them-
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado010.jpg

Streched some fleece over it and got to work-
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado008.jpg

And yes, those are tea pots on the fleece :D. Should ad a couple db's-
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado009.jpg

And this is after 3 layers of glass-
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado011.jpg

I just finished oh...half an hour ago. I've been working all day and all yesterday in 105-110*F weather, not fun. Tommarow is bondo and sanding time :crazy: Yay! At least I'm getting payed. :greedy:

bibby
07-21-2006, 12:56 AM
Looks good mang.

azbass
07-21-2006, 01:02 AM
o-tay!

Insomniac119
07-21-2006, 01:03 AM
Oh, BTW, the tweets will be flush mounted. And the fiberglass work looks kinda rough, but I was rushed. Air grinder/bondo is my friend.

Insomniac119
07-21-2006, 02:13 AM
I mentioned a faster way that turns out great to save you time which equals money.

That may be true in your case, but not mine.

The better the finished product looks, the more money he's going to pay me. So insead of saved time = more money, it's more like more time spent = more money :greedy:. See what I mean?

It also depends on how drunk he is when he rights the check, lawl.

Insomniac119
07-21-2006, 08:27 PM
And here is today's work

After they hardened overnight, I sanded them down a little. Far from smooth, but a good start-
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado012.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado013.jpg

And then I got started on the bondoing-
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado015.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado014.jpg

And that's all I did today. It doesn't look like much, but I worked my *** off. I have to sand all the bondo smooth tommarow and wrap in in some kind of fabric. Bottem line: they have to be done by the end of the next day.

jujumantb
07-21-2006, 08:52 PM
holy mess of bondo! :awesome: Hopefully you are using some extremely sandable stuff or you'll be at that for hours just getting the big bumps out. But looks good so far, kinda hard to judge until they are complete

Insomniac119
07-21-2006, 08:57 PM
holy mess of bondo! :awesome: Hopefully you are using some extremely sandable stuff or you'll be at that for hours just getting the big bumps out. But looks good so far, kinda hard to judge until they are complete

Hahaha! That's my friend's work and him in the pic. He said "bondo is my thing" so I let him go at it. Needless to say I did the other one, it's much better. No pics though, I just finished it half an hour ago. I'll make sure he's sanding the one he did tommaro. :furious:

And yes, he has plenty of air tools and a big *** compresser to do the sanding with. Then I'll hand sand them, then cover with carpet or something.

bjfish11
07-21-2006, 09:00 PM
I would have put that bondo on MUCH thinner than that. I like to put it on thin. Mostly because I hand sand 95% of my work. Dries faster, sands easier, and it lessens the chance of waves in the end, which means a better looking finished product. But you are well on your way. Have fun sanding.

FrEnChYII
07-21-2006, 11:42 PM
Looking ******! :-)

supraman1379
07-21-2006, 11:45 PM
Looks good

THUNDERBIRD
07-22-2006, 05:49 PM
obviously bondo is not his thing.

vetkilr
07-22-2006, 05:55 PM
Looks like texturizing ftw

dbornotdb
07-22-2006, 06:05 PM
That may be true in your case, but not mine.

The better the finished product looks, the more money he's going to pay me. So insead of saved time = more money, it's more like more time spent = more money :greedy:. See what I mean?

It also depends on how drunk he is when he rights the check, lawl.




I think you miss took my statement. But it's cool.

It looks like it is coming along. I like the trimmed down version better.
And I agree that bondo is NOT your friends thing.

iamamp3pimp
07-22-2006, 10:24 PM
door pods arent looking to be that hard.

if i hadnt put tweets in my sails, i would be doing this.

iamamp3pimp
07-22-2006, 10:25 PM
my Q is how to you put them on the door......just drill a hole through it? or is there some way that wont leave any type of permanent damage

Insomniac119
07-23-2006, 01:17 AM
FINISHED!

Sanded them down with a rotary grinder thing then hand sanded them-
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado016.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado017.jpg

Then I covered them in this felty-type of cloth, kinda like headliner stuff. He picked it out, not me, but it stretched nicely so it looks good-
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado018.jpg

And here it is with the speakers in there. Take note that the tweets are flush mounted :D -
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Insomniac119/project_eldorado020.jpg

And right after I finished I took them over to the dude's house to get payed and all that, and he doesn't like that the color doesn't match with his door panel. So he might have me rip it off and try a different material. Oh well.


my Q is how to you put them on the door......just drill a hole through it? or is there some way that wont leave any type of permanent damage

He wants me to drill holes through the door panel and the pod and bolt them together. It'll be shaggy(ish) carpet where the holes will be so they won't show up too bad when he goes to sell the car.

crazy4ozs
07-23-2006, 01:51 AM
looks preety good man...now lets c em installed :)