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    Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima PICS

    Ok, guys...here goes nothing. I have alwyas been amped up about adding a DVD player to my car, and imagine my dismay after finding about we only have a double-din openeing in a 5th gen! So, I decided to make a single-peice out of fiberglass that will make a fluid center + shifter console that will hold my climate control, Alpine 9833, and LCD monitor. Now, the pics you will see here show my 2nd attempt at the mold...the first one had some issue with warping. The second one you will see is OK, but still not good enough. I will be showing the worklog of both succesful AND failed attmepts. Oh, btw...this is my first time glassing!

    Here we see the CC + OEM HU wrapped in foil to be glassed.


    Now, wrapped in fiberglass...


    And for the fit test...not too bad, eh?



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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima

    The next thing I did was cut out the center and wrapped in pique knit so that I could get rid of the umpteen divets created by the OEM controls. Don't mind the uneven cut at the top, I can smooth this out later.



    Now, wrapped and fit-tested...


    Next, I needed to do the shifter console. Here is how it looks after being glassed. All of those white marks you see are from the clothespins used to hold it in place.



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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima

    The next thing I did was stretch some polar fleece over the hazard/lighter/ashtray console to smooth that whole mess out. This part is pretty darn near perfect, less some sanding.


    And finally, here is how it looks together, VERY rough fit.



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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima

    Eh, looks ok. I am going to go back and make ANOTHER frame this weekend using quarter-round moulding and wrap that...we'll see how that works. As always, I will have pics, and we'll see which one will be the model that is best to proceed with.



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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima

    You guys might remember my last trunk project, it turned out pretty good, but not good enough. Here are some teaser pics to come, I ran out of tape...








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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima PICS

    Looks great so far

    Should look nice when it's done - I'm anxious to see it complete.



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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima PICS

    someones goin fibercrazy goodluck mang, im excited to see how it turns out.




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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima PICS

    look great i cant wait for more pics





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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima PICS

    heh looks like someone might of bought a shitload of mat from somewhere. I just got 40 feet x 38" so Im ready to get started this weekend too




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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima PICS

    nice job. loving the fiberglass projects.




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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima

    Quote Originally Posted by ss3079
    Looks great so far

    Should look nice when it's done - I'm anxious to see it complete.
    lol- we all know you are anxious to see somone get it done right

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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima

    Ok, should have more pics up tommorow, I think I am going to glass the trunk since I will not be able to use a table saw until Sunday. I just finished cutting a d!ckload of fiberglass mat, and WOW are my hands itchy!!!!!!!



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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima

    Quote Originally Posted by MetalMaxima
    Ok, should have more pics up tommorow, I think I am going to glass the trunk since I will not be able to use a table saw until Sunday. I just finished cutting a d!ckload of fiberglass mat, and WOW are my hands itchy!!!!!!!
    rubber gloves work wonders. looks dope tho



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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima PICS

    looks good.




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    Re: Fiberglass project; making a one-peice center + shifter console in a 2001 Maxima PICS

    Oh boy Oh boy!!!!!! Pics



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