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Old 03-07-2009, 09:11 PM   #1
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Default DIY: Custom Clock pod (Uses stock clock!)

So, when I bought my car it came with some pods and after driving around I got a little annoyed at not having a clock. So...I decided to make myself a custom gauge pod that would use the stock clock. Sorry for some of the bad pics.

This was what the pod and gauges looked like before:


First, I bought a clock pod and cut out the back so the gauges had a place to sit. I also cut off the front curved lip as well (you can't really tell in this picture):


After that I cut up the old gauge pod a bit (notice how I cut off a little more on the top left versus the top right...this took me a week or so to fix...so be careful and think before you cut)


After some more shaping, cutting, and sanding. I glued the two pieces together using plastic model glue. I liked the way it came out with a slight bow, like the stock clock had:


I then used some Bondo-Glass (bondo with short-haired fiberglass strands) to join the pieces together (this was my first time applying the stuff...after getting used to it I became a pro and was able to put it on a lot more smooth):


I then sanded it down and shaped it a bit:



I filled in the small holes from the bondo-glass using glazing and spot putty:


After several days of sanding, some more bondoing, and a lot more spot putty, this is what I ended up with. I'm very happy with how symmetrical the piece ended up.

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Old 03-07-2009, 09:11 PM   #2
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Even though no one would see it, the bottom looked a little messy so I wanted to paint it to make everything the same color. I didn't do much prep on the bottom and it came out great. I used Duplicolor adhesion promoter and interior flat black. I first sprayed 3 layers of adhesion promoter, painting layers every 2 minutes, and then waited 3 minutes and used the same process with the flat black. I sprayed several layers of the black until it was covered:


and after painting (note where the bondoglass is the paint is still a little wet in this picture. The paint on the bondo-glass took longer to dry then the paint on the pure plastic):


I then taped up the bottom so I could paint the top and bottom below the gauges (it's not possible to paint this from the front in a nice clean motion):


The unfortunate thing was that the tape, wrapped around to the front, took some of the putty out of the tiny holes in the front, so I had to do 1 more layer of it before final sanding and painting.

I forgot to take pictures after I finished sanding the top because I was so pleased with how it turned out I installed it in my car...(sorry for the crappy pics, they were all taken at night):

It's easy to see the clock with the gauges on top



I got some pics of the left and right side and you can't really tell they were ever 2 separate pieces:



If you want I can take some pictures during the day tomorrow so you can see a bit more detail.

Also, I'm going to be installing the BaysonR s204 lip tomorrow (if it doesn't rain) and will eventually paint my subaru emblems and clear my headlights, so if you want I can do write-ups for those too.

Finally, if you have any questions feel free to post here or pm me. I have more pics too.

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Old 03-07-2009, 09:37 PM   #3
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looks pretty nice. initially i thought the gauges would be sitting too high, but that is not the case...

good work
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:27 PM   #4
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not bad at all
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:35 PM   #5
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The main reason why I have not gotten a center gauge pod no clock. this is a great alternative.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:38 PM   #6
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i was a little worried when i saw the first pic, but that actually looks pretty good!
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:40 PM   #7
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Have a mold made of it and market it....this = $$$
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:42 PM   #8
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nice!
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:26 PM   #9
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Plasti-dip it!!!
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:33 PM   #10
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best diy/modded clock pod ive seen yet. looks awesome.
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:10 AM   #11
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Looks good. Just a FYI, they do make clock pods that retain the clock.
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:11 AM   #12
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Zero sports makes one, but its like 200 bucks...so I figured I'd make my own
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:14 AM   #13
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Start your own business and sell them for cheap. $$$
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:16 AM   #14
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I'd love to, but I probably don't have the money to do it.

How many people are interested in something like this?

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Old 03-08-2009, 03:49 AM   #15
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i'd love to mount gauges in a clock pod but i do often wonder what time it is. thus i have no gauge pod. how's the sight line to the clock from the seats?
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:54 AM   #16
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Twsti, the site line is great. The first night picture was with me sitting in the driver's seat where a person would normally be.


The front of the gauge pod is level with where the top of the clock pod was so it doesn't affect your ability to see it at all (I was also worrying about that when I started)
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:04 PM   #17
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Hey, I got some pics of the pod during the day...




The new pod is longer than the stock clock pod, so I curved the back so it matches the contour of the interior


Pic from where someone would be when driving and you can easily see the clock

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Old 03-08-2009, 12:07 PM   #18
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wow that looks spp proffesionally done. that should let you know how i feel about it :]
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:13 PM   #19
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i want one =)
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:23 PM   #20
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good job mate
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:05 PM   #21
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Thanks Evo for getting me motivated to do something

I'm happy with how it came out. I also put on my S204 lip today
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:17 PM   #22
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no problem man hope tips n all i gav ya helped
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:57 PM   #23
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That looks freaking great, nice work blending the pods into the clock to make it look factory.
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:52 PM   #24
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very well done! If you can tweak the next version (hint-hint) to exactly match the factory dash opening & use the OE mounts... I'd pay $100 for that + the core of my OE clock pod.. easily...

The Zero sports is expensive for what you get...
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:54 PM   #25
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This is one of my favorite types of mods: user created and nicely done!
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