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Old 06-28-2005, 09:00 PM   #1
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Default New fiberglass project.. EVO like gauge pod

Just about to start into my next fiberglass project. This time I am working on a gauge cluster for the center console... the idea is going to follow the same kind of style as the gruppe-s EVO cluster seen here:


I am moving my single din stereo down and putting the gauges up above it molded into the trim piece so that it flows much like the evo piece.

Here is a really crappy MS paint to give the overall idea


I'm pretty sure I am going to have to do some trimming in behind it to make it all work but it should be fun to build.
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Old 06-28-2005, 09:44 PM   #2
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what size gauges? i think they already make a single din one for the 52mm ones.

i could be wrong..
i have that same pod on the evo. decent quality.

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Old 06-28-2005, 09:46 PM   #3
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Old 06-28-2005, 09:52 PM   #4
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Thats a good look i like that. i like the cf pod that takes place of the clock.
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:03 PM   #5
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looks good, was thinking of doing the same
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Old 06-29-2005, 07:42 AM   #6
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yeah, I am using the 52mm ones.. I just wanted to mold them in to give them more of a built in look
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Old 07-05-2005, 08:37 AM   #7
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UPDATE....

Started my fabrication... basically grinding out the areas to make the 52mm gauges fit.. I am trying to make the gauges line up with the three HVAC controls on the bottom. I should be getting the actual gauges tonight or tomorrow so I will be able to make some quicker progress then.


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Old 07-05-2005, 12:19 PM   #8
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holy **** hackjob batman!!! dude you should have waited for the gauges to come in....totally wrong way to do it.
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Old 07-05-2005, 12:25 PM   #9
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why would that be the wrong way to do it??? it is all getting fiberglassed to look built in... you won't even see any of that stuff where it got hacked out. Don't see why it will be a problem
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Old 07-05-2005, 03:55 PM   #10
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why would that be the wrong way to do it??? it is all getting fiberglassed to look built in... you won't even see any of that stuff where it got hacked out. Don't see why it will be a problem
i would have personally waited...bacause the back part of the gauges are smaller than the front faces...so you could have possibly made the holes smaller...but if your doing the whole surround than thats prolly fine.. should come out cool though...
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Old 07-05-2005, 04:37 PM   #11
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Yeah, the white circle there is actually the back of an old Autometer 52mm gauge.. the screw on piece that comes with every autometer gauge.. so the hole should be good...

The gauges are in, so I will be doing some more work tonight
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Old 07-05-2005, 05:47 PM   #12
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d00000d nice project... if you get it goin and start selling them let me know. I miss my clock
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Old 07-05-2005, 06:04 PM   #13
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curious to see the results could turn out awesome. ... nice.......
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Old 07-06-2005, 07:14 AM   #14
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Gauges have arrived, didn't have time to work on it last night... tonight is time to get busy
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Old 07-06-2005, 05:11 PM   #15
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I've seen your fiberglass handywork in the audio forum, so I have faith! Looking forward to the final result.
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Old 07-07-2005, 12:06 AM   #16
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that will look awsome
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Old 07-07-2005, 10:06 AM   #17
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Progress under way. Picked up some supplies and got started on my gauge mounting.

First was drilling the holes for the gauges in some plastic I found at Home Depot that had a nice 90degree lip on the bottom.. just what I was looking for. Then used a 2" hole saw for the gauge holes. Works nice and the gauges sit snug in them.


Then had to do some more trimming of the trim piece and the plastic to make it fit just right. I was wanting to make sure that the holes cut for the gauges would line up over the HVAC controls for some symetry.


I also wanted to make sure that the top of where the single din slot was looked like the angled top of the stock trim piece to make it look more factory..so some trimming was involved there


Then I used a glue gun to temporarily hold it in place so I could start with the body filler. This picture is just after the first layer and sanding of the filler.. lots more finishing work to do


Here are a couple of more pics with it in the car.. in the second picture the gauges are sticking out a bit and not sitting flush just because I wanted a test photo and didn't want to fight to get them back out since they are snug. In the end it will all be painted silver and I will paint the trim pieces above it as well so the colors all match.

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Old 07-07-2005, 10:17 AM   #18
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Nice, that's going to look great when you're done! Are you going to recess the gauges a bit to match the HVAC controls? That would be killer ...
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looks cool so far
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Old 07-07-2005, 10:50 AM   #20
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Nice, that's going to look great when you're done! Are you going to recess the gauges a bit to match the HVAC controls? That would be killer ...
That was my initial intention.. but unfortuneatly just isn't enough room to do so.. it is a really tight fit and I had to trim out a bunch to get the 52mm gauges to go in...

But you are right.. it would look killer.

Thanks for the compliments
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Old 07-07-2005, 11:13 AM   #21
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Berrry Berry Nice Mon!
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Old 07-07-2005, 11:15 AM   #22
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looks really cool, but personally I would do away with the chrome surrounds, even if it means mounting the gauges to the back of the bezel
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Old 07-07-2005, 11:32 AM   #23
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i hate all you people with mad fiberglassing and carbonfibering skills.
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Old 07-07-2005, 11:34 AM   #24
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ok, i know i'm a complete noob when it comes to fiberglass/carbon fiber, but where is either of these in the project? don't get me wrong, i think it will look awesome, but as far as i can see it's just plastic and body putty, which will be then prepared and painted.
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Old 07-07-2005, 11:45 AM   #25
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Well, the gauges are the autometer carbonfiber series but I don't really know abou the fiberglass, I know nothing about that.
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