My interior build... (Page 1/18)
RCR MAR 19, 09:28 AM
In the spirit of "My dash conversion" thread, I thought I would start a thread more appropriate to what's now going on. It's no longer just a dash conversion (located here: ), but a total update of the interior, including the center console, headliner, dash, door panels, AV system, etc.
Jscott convinced me that a cassete/cd changer audio system was not the way to go (Thanx Jon ), so I pulled it all out and picked up a Chinese knock-off DVD player (cds & MP3's too) and a 10.4" video screen. Still working on how the screen goes, but I roughed in all the stereo equipment so I can put the dash back in.
The addition of the dash required tossing out the center console. My plan was to find one I liked and incorporate it into a totally new design. Also, one of my later ideas was to incorporate a subwoofer in the dash, but after putting the dash back in, I realized it just wasn't going to fit. So I've decided to go with a center console subwoofer.

So, here are a couple of pics to get this started. More will come as the thread builds towards completion.

The first thing I did was build an amp rack to mount the equipment. I did not want to sacrifice space in the cab for the amps, but I wanted the extra power and room to grow. Here is the top of the rack:

I had to situate the amps around the brake booster, AC stuff, and washer bottle. I also wanted everything servicable, so it had to be hinged.

I plan on finishing it off with a glass cover over the amps, and fabric over the outside.

With the wiring in and the dash sub out, I went to work on the console sub.
I started out by forming a piece of cardboard around the ECM, making sure it fit nice up against the firewall. I removed it and built a form on my table to keep everything square. Then I put a coat of resin over the cardboard, making it nice and stiff. I put it back in the cabin and taped up the console area to get it's shape. Wax paper and paiters tape kept everything from sticking to the console. I layed several layers of glass over the back and bottom, to form the base for the subwoofer. (Sorry, no pics of any of this). Then I built up the ring. I decided I didn't need thunderous bass and I didn't want something protruding out that would get in the way of my arm, so I went with an 8" sub. I haven't picked one yet, but I'm leaning towards Kicker, or Rockford Fosgate. I built the ring around these. My buddy Matt came down for a few hours, so I put him on making the rings. He did a decent job considering the equipment he had to work with. He made two rings, meant to be stacked on each other. The bottom ring is where the sub is mounted, the top ring gives the sub a flush-mount look. Here are the pics so far:

Today I hope to get the fleese and resin on to give it some shape.

More later,


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[This message has been edited by RCR (edited 03-19-2006).]

revin MAR 19, 09:53 AM

Originally posted by RCR:

Are you planning a fan in there to keep the amps cool? I say a few computer fans need to be added.
or you can cut ahole toward the rad fan.

Custom2M4 MAR 19, 12:16 PM

Originally posted by revin:

or you can cut ahole toward the rad fan.

That might actually make it hotter then the amps would do... But I still agree on something cooling them off.. one computer fan facing one way, forcing hot air out, and another one sucking it in should work, as long as you had a hood scoop .

Fino MAR 19, 12:32 PM
I think you are doing great work and it looks nice. But I also have to agree with the amps AND battery you need to cool it. Can you cut two holes in the front and install a fan on one to move air, then protect the two holes from water intrusion. Not going to be easy.


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Fiero1Fan MAR 19, 01:20 PM
Looks real good.

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jscott1 MAR 19, 02:12 PM
Nice work Bob, welcome to the 21st century

Hopefully no one has a hood scoop that vents into the forward trunk. That area is supposed to be sealed from the elements. Which means it will get hot up there. With the amps mounted upside down natural convection is going to be working against you. You might conider changing to an aluminum plate and mount the amps to that as a heat sink.

I like your center console. I am just startng to work with fiberglass and my next one is going to be a lot better than the one I have now. If I ever figure out how to do molds I would be all set to make more. I'm very interested to see your large screen. I'm wanting to do a carputer one of these days but mounting a large touch screen in our cars is the challenge.

RCR MAR 19, 05:49 PM
OK, I hadn't considered the heat in front. I guess I'll have to come up with something slick. Or, maybe a hole somewhere..Hmm, I'll have to think on that.

Last update for the week:

I put the fabric on. It's a 100% polyester t-shirt type material. $2.00 a yard at Walmart. I think I looked like a fool feeling up all the material there, trying to find the stretchiest stuff they had. Oh well, I've got enough to do a bunch of stuff. The material is attached to the backing using staples (temporarily, I pulled them afterward), and hot glue.

Here's what it looks like attached to the framework:

And in the car for fitting:

Once satisfied with the fit, I coated it with a layer of resin:

Afterwards, it gets several layers of fiberglass. The glass I picked up on Ebay. It's 18oz weave. It seems to flow with the curves pretty well. And for 16lbs of glass for $16, you can't beat that.

I'll get more pics when it's further along.


...Ventilation, huh?? Hmmm....

revin MAR 19, 06:12 PM
run a drier vent hose from the front facia and drill a hole in the trunk for the "fresh air" Then down under the tub of the trunk.
RCR MAR 22, 02:40 PM
I purchased an 8" Kicker CVR for the subwoofer box. I'm hoping it sounds as good as it looks.


datacop MAR 22, 03:37 PM
Love how that center console is turning out! I can't wait to see the final result.