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Old 09-18-2004, 03:59 AM   #1
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custom fiberglass box almost complete(56kgrabasnickers)

well its almost done. from start to where i am now you can see it here
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tell me what you guys think. its not done to be rice or sound super loud, it was made so nobody asks "can you move up your seat, i cant fit" when they want a ride and i cant move up my seat cause then i cant drive the car right with my legs bent. plus i think its gonna be just one of those things that only i have and nobody else in the world has on their eclispe spyder that looks like that. truly one of a kind right there. and i think alot of people are really going to dig it at the local spot and right now the people who told me not to do it are asking if ive ever done it before. keep in mind this was my first try at anything fiberglassing, anything bondo, anything sanding, anything spreading.

i like how it came out. i prolly couldve done it better but i set a goal that it had to be done in 2 weeks and right now i have till tuesday so im about 3 days ahead and all i have to do is paint it and clearcoat it.

the speakers are Audiobahn AW1251T 12's, the amp is also audiobahn, their HC4075, its like 400x2 or something. the 2 small speakers are rockford fosgate 3.5" 2 ways that sound amazing for their size, just as good as 6x9's at the same sound level. i might add another 2 cause those i got for 30. why the hell not?
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Looking good to me... Fiberglassing is a messy job and sanding seems to be the part I have the most... A D/A sander makes fast work of it though. I am sure it will look really nice when its all done! Hopefully you can get the cracked worked out, thats the biggest downfall of fiberglass is the cracking.
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it didnt crack a whole lot, just one little spot where the top side meets the side edge where it gets about 1" thin by the seat belt holes. its not very thick there, i think theres more bondo then glass. ill prolly just add a nice piece of bent metal and hot glue it so it wont bend any more.
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u can end up using a tub of bondo when making them. just to get them really smooth, with no waves, ripples, highs and low spots. and 90% of the bondo ends up as dust on the floor, but thats the look everyone is looking for. cant wait to see the finish product...

wow, i had to go back and edit that one... kids, dont type when u arent sober!!
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that looks awesome man!!!!
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I agree, it looks damn nice.
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Looks pretty good, this may sound stupid, but Im not big into this thing so I dont know much, but it seems like the fiberglass would crack and shiz when the subs were pumping. Or is it strong enough to hold it?
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Oh yeah, and mucho respect for you on doing this. I would never attempt something like this, I would fux up everything.
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Looks good man
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nice and clean good ****. As someone said how thick is it? I hope you did make it thick enough for when it is hitting cause if theres no suppurt it will crack up on you very easily.(only reason why I ask is cause the box doesnt seem that thick...my boys boc that he had made is thick its holding two JL 13.5 W7s and Ive never seen a thicker box in my life before)
what color are you gonna color the box?
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add a little more hardner to the resin and cut the curing time down a bit next time...
thats some AWESOME fiberglass work. congrats... it looks good
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dont use more han 2 percent of hardener. did you make it out of wood first then coat it with fiberglass. 1 inch ply wood and half inch of fiberglass is what i would have used
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looks very sweet, i wish i could do that...
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looks pretty badass
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Looks sic bro...that's exactly what I want in my car...same subs too...lol. I just don't have the guts to try and glass.
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sweet man, didnt think you could pull something like that off
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looks good man...
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looks real nice...I could never do that stuff
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yeah its actually 3 layers of glass on top, the first layer is the cloth that was resined and turned into a hard layer, plus another 2 of the thick matte on top of that. my dad works at l3 communications and used to supervise some of their stuff and he said that 3 layers is plenty seeing that he stood on top of it and it didnt move.

i tried painting it black earlier with my spray gun and it turned out like ****, the paint i used from my tbird had guped up, i add a little thinner to it and stirred it, but when i went to spray it it came out really thick. so i let that dry and with the gloss you could see all the little imperfections that even the primer couldnt see. it was a real let down.

so i took one of my stock inner panels down to pep boys and got some spraypaint that matched it. got about 3 cans of that and its going to match the interior now. itll still look really good at night but it wont be as obvious in the day. i jsut got done spraying a little on it and its going to match up perfectly to the interioir charcoal grey color.

it was realy cold here today too, it was like 75ish so the paint didnt want to dry like it usually does so i couldnt get alot accomplished but realize the black sucks and grey will look better.

and thanks for the compliments. i wouldve never thought i could do it either but its almost done and im floored on how many compliments i am getting from people who thought i was crazy.
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that alone makes me laugh...
what are you talkin about, that is cold....
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Looks very good! I considered something like that but I wanted to be able to take it out easily at the track and didn't want it to be too heavy otherwise. That's some quality work
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yes it is fully removeable, it just slides in and rests where the back panels used to go. it will be bolted to the crossmember that the rear seats used to bolt to. other than that it slides right out.

and none of the stock parts were harmed or used(except for the seat belt covers) so if i ever have to take it out to haul some people for a long trip(like if somehow i need to take 4 people to LA and i sold the tbird) i can put the rear seats back in and put the side panels back, also good if i ever sell the eclipse.

and its not heavy at all, id say for as big as it is its pretty dam light. its about as heavy as my old box i had in the tbird with 2 subs and an amp connected to it. but i also got rid of a back seat and panels so the weight difference between the seats+panels+single sub and amp is the same copared to no seats+no panels+fiberglass box+subs and amp. so its all the same in the end.
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hey i have some 12's and an amp that would look real good in that box...lol
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that alone makes me laugh...
yeah and guess what, i woke up today and to my suprise there was water falling from the sky. i was stumped. its fricking september and its raining in cali. double u tee F status.
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Well, I don't have a vert so it would still be a bit of a struggle to put one of those in my car and take it out again
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you could do what another guy did for his eclipse. kinda like mine but split in 3 parts. had one part for the sub, the middle for his amp, and another sub piece on the other side. he did almost like what i did, make a mold, cover it , glass it. then he cut it in 3 pieces and filled in the missing sides. he angled the amp piece and the 2 sides so you put in the 2 sides first, then slide the amp piece in and its angled so that it keeps the other 2 from moving. hard to explain but its definately way more complex than mine. and yes mine would be impossible to move if i had a hardtop, but if i had a hardtop, they have enough room in the hatch for 2 boxes filled with 2 12"s and i wouldnt have this problem. oh well.
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makes me want to go finish my visors with the screens... i really need to get these done, theyve been out of the car for about 2 months now, and i still havent finshed glassing hem.. ehhh its just such a big task to get everything allready to go.. once your moving your good but that first step.. maybe ill do a lil today. thanks for the inspiration.
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i wanted to do one of those for my trunk but idk what im doin and i dont want it to suck. they have all the **** at walmart to do it but doin something that complex scares me.
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All I want to know is how much would you charge for doing my stang?? lol... I am currently working on a fiberglass guage pod where my clock is. So far ive been working on it for a week but I started on it when Ivan hit bama.... so it was kinda hard but anywayz great job man... Ive been wanting to do the exact same thing for my car, but i wanted to do something small and simple like a guage pod first. I will post pics later.
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id prolly charge about 3-500 bucks, cause it took me 2 weeks for mine to get finished. its just really time consuming. they wanted 800 to do it at one of the car audio places in my town.

i also have another guy with a gst that wants it done to his spyder, though he wants a mold of the trunk done cause he likes to fit 4 people in his car. i can do it for him cheaper cause i can use my trunk as a mold and finish it and sell it to him whenever its done and it will slide right in.

i cant wait till i take it down with everything installed to the car audio place to get a new alarm installed, theyll hire me on the spot prolly.
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