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Old 12-12-2008
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I was bored today and i was looking at my console in my truck and it is just 2 plain. I was thinking about redoing it. I was thinking maybe doing the sides out of plexiglass and putting fiber glass on top and paint the top black and put LEDs on the inside to light it up at night. There will also be a 5.25 speaker in it. Here is the design i thought of. Tell me what you think.

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The 2 smaller holes are cup holders and the bigger hole is for the 5.25 speaker.
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So have you already built one and you are redoing it, Or are you just starting a new one completely
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I would refrain from mounting a speaker in that position as it is like a catch all for whatever crap happens to fall over it (crumbs, dust, soda, dirt, etc) but thats just me.

Maybe put it on the side?
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^ I agree with the speakers. Putting it on the side would be nice. Maybe two smaller ones on each side. Seems like a really awesome idea I will be watching this and best of luck to you.
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Sounds like a cool idea. I'll be watching.
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i was thinking of builing one myself has it all drawn out on autocad and then i never did anything with it
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The console i have now is the stock one that came with the truck. I already had the speaker there, im just making a new console because this one is boring and i wanted to make the speaker and console into one piece. Heres a few pics of what i have so far. The oval and rectangle will be cut out and plexiglass is going over and ima put ford in the oval and have it light up with the leds. Tell me what you think.
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Pretty cool idea keep us posted
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Heres a few more pics of my progress on my console. Basically all i have left is put fleece on it, fiberglass it, paint it and get the plexiglass. I hope it looks good. How does it look so far.
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I no the speaker is not in the middle but i kind of wanted to one side. LOL I dont know why though.
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Looks awsome man. Make sure you keep us updated on the progress and final outcome.
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Well i got the fleece and a layer of mat and resin on this morning. For some reason, its taking forever to dry. Idk why either. Heres some pics. What yall think about it?
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looks good you gona paint it or gel coat it?
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Looks good so far, keep us updated.
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Dude that is a really cool idea, b sure and keep us posted!
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looks cool. might be a little akward getting cups in and out of the holders with that speaker like that though.
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Well im either gona paint it black, or since im doing my speaker box in herculiner bed liner, i may do the console with the same stuff.
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not bad just make sure the bed liner isn't to rough, or you'll hate it.
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For some reason, its taking forever to dry. Idk why either.
you probably didnt mix enough MEKP (hardener) with the resin and/or its under the required temp. for it to harden. whats the tempature were your at?

if its colder, mix a little bit more hardener with your resin to make a "HOT" batch, but not to much or it will warp.

also it depeneds on what brand of resin your using, if your using BONDO brand, its crap! it will get you through, but is no were near US Composites BF-440

what are your plans for your final prep before painting? ive seen your thread over at fiberglassforums.com , search for "milk shake" and it will give you the best and easiest way to finish you consol. ive been a member there for quite a while and follow every single instructions and advise those guys give, just like i do here.

it looks good so far, ive been planning on doing one my self, but just havening the sub fire back wards in to the back seats and mounting the amp under the front passenger seat

how much cu.ft is your sub requiring? and how much do have? it looks to me you might be a little shy on cu.ft, but i dont know your subs specs

if you need any help let me know ill be glad to give some advice
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Well i got the fleece and a layer of mat and resin on this morning.
also did you soak the fleece with resin and let it dry first? you really should do that before laying down mat, and sand off the glaze before adding new layers.

if it still hasnt dried up by saturday, i would mix a real hot batch or spread some hardener on it with out mat
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That's slick as hell.

I fiberglassed a boat once, that stuff sucks.
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yea make sure you do this in a well ventilated area too lol.. I got sick cuz i layed fiberglass with resin in my car and drove it to work the next day lool
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Thanks for the help and compliments. Well its mid 50s outside and like 65 degrees inside my shop. I think for my next layer of resin, i may put a little more hardener in it. I will post pics as i make progress.
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well i finally got around 2 putting bondo on my console. Heres a few pics.
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this thing is gunna turn out to be sick...i can't wait to see it painted
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Well i got it bondoed and the holes cut out. All it needs is plexiglass and paint. Heres a pic of it in my truck for a test fit to see how it looks. What yall think?
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