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Old 07-29-2006
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Fiberglass/resin work.. no56k( shadyluke please read ) .



I need to mold that 2 pillar gauge pod into a 3 pod holder ( maybe even 4? ) . I have 2 cans of resin and hardener.. Anyone think this will be easy or a major project?

ShadyLuke mad a whole centerconsol and it is of good quality.

Wanna make some bux Luke? Maybe take you and heather to the Anchorbar and the Falls or something when you head back to the Dorms?

D.
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Old 07-30-2006
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Fiberglass is tough stuff to work with, in my limited experience. If Luke is willing to help you out, I say atleast have him supervising!
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fiberglass is supereasy

d just get some masking tape and start taping the crap out of what you want to mold. and as you lay your layers of masking tape usually about 3 or 4 tear pieces of tin foil and lay that down as well. Then coat your masked area with resin few coats, let set for a lil while then pop it off and theres your base mold. Then the gauges you want to mold take some mdf board and cut out the diameter of the gauge and cut it to the size of the mdf or plastic or whatever. Then glass the mdf to the resin mold. Next cover it with some nice fleece material from hobby shop and soak that in resin. Once that is done and dried start sanding and body filler and paint and your set its alot easier than u think and a nice weekend project just wear crappy clothes and bring some drop tarps resin is messy
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Old 07-30-2006
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mold would be cool but much more work than is needed. resins/glass does not stick to plastic and neither does bondo so the failure rate is high. if you can mend/bond/secure both plastic pieces together that would be a great start. then take either Duramix 40/40 or Dominion Seal plastic bond/weld and join both pieces together. sand with 80/ then 180. then you can get SEM textured paint along with SEM dye and actually colormatch the piece as best as possible. just some heads up man. i have worked plenty of projects and can tell ya that f'glass isnt the best way to go with plastic and will fail in time. PM me if you need any links to the Dominion Seal/Duramix and SEM stuff.
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Im actyually thinking about buying another 2 gauge pillar, cutting the gauge holding areas or ' humps ' off of it.. and plastic-welding it together. Once its set, then fill/patch the welded areas and make it look clean.. dunno. Need to do something as I have 2 more gauges that need to go in, ones going on the column like Billy's, the other will be mounted between the 2 on the pillar.

The defroster is gonna have a hard time in the winter defrosting that window while its blocked tho.
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willing to lose the air vent on the far left side? that would be a cool spot for a guage depending on your viewing angle. i could fab up something for ya.
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Old 07-30-2006
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hey D. this may help you a little bit for the general idea of things...
http://www.fullsizechevy.com/forums/...d.php?t=132234
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Old 07-31-2006
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hey D. this may help you a little bit for the general idea of things...
http://www.fullsizechevy.com/forums/...d.php?t=132234
yeah but this only enforces my point. that fiberglass does not stick to plastic. the panel shown in the link is a complete fiberglass mold and honestly for a set of guages is more work than needed.
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Old 07-31-2006
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D. I KNOW we can fiberglass that... Take a look @ my box I just built for my system in the audio forum, should be in one the of 12" fiberglass box posts... This was a first time for me too...
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D., you can get something that mounts two pods to the steering column. I found this one for a Dodge, but you should be able to modify it to fit your truck.

http://www.autometer.com/cat_mountsd...15&mdl=62&gw=4
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D. I KNOW we can fiberglass that... Take a look @ my box I just built for my system in the audio forum, should be in one the of 12" fiberglass box posts... This was a first time for me too...
I spoke with Luke yesterday, He told me of your Project, Cant wait to see it.

Might need your assistence with some Metal Fab stuff if ya don't mind as well :) . I'm making a ' crossmember ' of sorts <evilgrin>.

D.
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AH YES! x-member work.... delightful! Yeah, the box will be ready for paint by tonight, nothing a 'lil 800 grit paper won't take care of :)
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