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NeverEnuffBass
07-28-2008, 10:14 PM
2002 Ford Explorer
-Older Pioneer Head Unit
-Beyma RF One Components
-The Big Memphis Belle
-Sub: Not sure yet.
-Possible Dayton RS-180's for midbass

Glass work:
-Custom A-Pillars
-Box and amp rack.

Here's the start:

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/NeverEnuffBass/JDExplorerRebuild001.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/NeverEnuffBass/JDExplorerRebuild002.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/NeverEnuffBass/JDExplorerRebuild003.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/NeverEnuffBass/JDExplorerRebuild004.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/NeverEnuffBass/JDExplorerRebuild005.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/NeverEnuffBass/JDExplorerRebuild006.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/NeverEnuffBass/JDExplorerRebuild007.jpg

01 S 10
07-28-2008, 10:16 PM
how do you like that tweeter positioned liked that on the pillar? I've always liked them in the kick panels, but I might try this...

NeverEnuffBass
07-28-2008, 10:18 PM
how do you like that tweeter positioned liked that on the pillar? I've always liked them in the kick panels, but I might try this...

I've done it for a few customers now and all were pleased with the results

Witty690
07-28-2008, 10:19 PM
Looks like a good start

path2spl
07-28-2008, 10:32 PM
nice work! do my truck!

NeverEnuffBass
07-28-2008, 10:38 PM
nice work! do my truck!

thanks. Hey i been meaning to PM you... What was the name of those horns in your car when you came to pick up those boxes from me?

kovemaster559
07-28-2008, 10:39 PM
good job!

twisztdauthorit
07-28-2008, 11:23 PM
do those staples cause any problems when try to smooth out the surface between the FG and the original mold?

Black-Gorrilla
07-29-2008, 04:48 AM
do those staples cause any problems when try to smooth out the surface between the FG and the original mold?
i'd doubt it... they look like they went in far enough for the FB to be over the gap they made...

NeverEnuffBass
07-29-2008, 07:12 PM
do those staples cause any problems when try to smooth out the surface between the FG and the original mold?

Nah. A little rage gold and or duramix 40/40 and some sanding and they are good to go. The staples I use are uphostery staples that I shoot with my air stapler. They are thiner than the staples most would try using with a manual gun.

TSGP
07-29-2008, 07:16 PM
neverenough, why the fiberglass on the panels?

Why not just mold up with kitty hair?

Not trying to be a ********, just the way I did mine in my old silverado...

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/100_0587.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/100_0588.jpg

NeverEnuffBass
07-29-2008, 07:19 PM
neverenough, why the fiberglass on the panels?

Why not just mold up with kitty hair?

Not trying to be a ********, just the way I did mine in my old silverado...

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/100_0587.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/100_0588.jpg

Those came out nice. Didn't have any kitty hair, cause I don't use it too often. Guess I'm just used to using this method for making pillars, hasn't failed me yet.

john denver
07-29-2008, 07:23 PM
nice

TSGP
07-29-2008, 07:24 PM
understood totally, to each their own!

Would save some time on future projects though, its alot easier to hit kitty hair with a DA then throw some rage gold on it and knock it down.

I did my old girlfriends explorer with fiberglass like you did, I might have went to thick on the glass or something...dunno but it was a pain to get it to feather into the panel like I wanted it to. Then again I have only tried it with glass once so I'm sure there are some tricks to get it to lay right.

Just throwing that out there! They look nice though, can't wait to see a finished product

NeverEnuffBass
07-29-2008, 07:27 PM
understood totally, to each their own!

Would save some time on future projects though, its alot easier to hit kitty hair with a DA then throw some rage gold on it and knock it down.

I did my old girlfriends explorer with fiberglass like you did, I might have went to thick on the glass or something...dunno but it was a pain to get it to feather into the panel like I wanted it to. Then again I have only tried it with glass once so I'm sure there are some tricks to get it to lay right.

Just throwing that out there! They look nice though, can't wait to see a finished product

thanks man, shoud be done over the weekend cause I don't have acess to the car again til then. Any pics of the other pillars you did?

TSGP
07-29-2008, 07:32 PM
thanks man, shoud be done over the weekend cause I don't have acess to the car again til then. Any pics of the other pillars you did?

Don't have any of Amandas explorer I don't think...Ill dig in a few minutes

Here are some other panels and fiberlgass jobs i've worked...if I'm hijacking let me know and I"ll delete all of this

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/IM000266.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/IM000265.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/267d05c6.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/Picture002.jpg

TSGP
07-29-2008, 07:33 PM
Found em! Hers weren't really on the pillars but on the door itself.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/Picture037.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/100_0113.jpg

they turned out "ok" I guess.

NeverEnuffBass
07-29-2008, 07:35 PM
Wow some nice work there

TSGP
07-29-2008, 07:39 PM
sorry for hijacking man!

I love doing panels like that though lol

LOW ET
07-29-2008, 07:40 PM
?. when you fiberglass to a pillar or something, how do you replicate the rough texture that's on the part? i mean if you sand down the f/g area it will be smooth but the pillar or whatever has a texture to it.

TSGP
07-29-2008, 07:51 PM
?. when you fiberglass to a pillar or something, how do you replicate the rough texture that's on the part? i mean if you sand down the f/g area it will be smooth but the pillar or whatever has a texture to it.


SEM texture paint, available at most auto parts stores. O'Reileys here keeps it in stock ALL the time.

You do VERY light mists of texture until you get the texture you want. It comes out of the can black.

Then use PPG or SEM vinyl paint to paint the finished piece

I'm getting ready to hookup my nephews 94 civic. Was planning on molding out the panels anyway. I'll get a step by step guide of how to do it and post it up.

Again SO sorry for hijacking your thread!

Low_e_Red
07-30-2008, 12:58 AM
neverenough, why the fiberglass on the panels?

Why not just mold up with kitty hair?

Not trying to be a ********, just the way I did mine in my old silverado...

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/100_0587.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/teamsubgopoof/100_0588.jpg

Howd you like those Eclipses? I bought a set for 180 BNIB and was just wondering.

NeverEnuffBass
08-03-2008, 11:03 PM
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/NeverEnuffBass/JDpod1.jpg
SEM Texture Coat

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/NeverEnuffBass/JDpod2.jpg
Home Depot Satin spray paint

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/NeverEnuffBass/jdpod3.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/NeverEnuffBass/JDpod4.jpg

Phers1er
08-03-2008, 11:15 PM
Those turned out pretty nice!!!
Wish I knew how to work with fiberglass

NeverEnuffBass
08-03-2008, 11:18 PM
Those turned out pretty nice!!!
Wish I knew how to work with fiberglass

Its not hard once you get the hang of it. Try it sometime

ngsm13
08-04-2008, 12:00 AM
I'll throw in another rec for using some kitty hair and rage... if you have the chance... try it sometime.

nG

miker
08-04-2008, 12:21 AM
What's kitty hair?

jmanpc
08-04-2008, 12:24 AM
What's kitty hair?

You can only get it when you shave your ***** :fyi:

miker
08-04-2008, 12:29 AM
You can only get it when you shave your ***** :fyi:

:laugh"

but seriously.

ngsm13
08-04-2008, 12:42 AM
http://www.evercoat.com/productDetail.aspx?pID=38

nG

ngsm13
08-04-2008, 12:47 AM
Or even use a filler with short strand reinforcement...

nG