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Old 06-04-2008
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My Center Console Project

So I started fiberglassing my Expo' console a while ago, but then it turned cold so i couldn't work on it for a while. Well, now that it is warmer outside, I picked back up on it.

This is the night I got the whole thing, not even cleaned up yet:
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This is pretty much how I've had it for the last 6 months or so, probably longer:
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I picked up on it Monday, and put down a layer of glass towards the bottom part and waited a bit for it to dry, then put a layer over where the radios are going. Yesterday, I did another layer over the rest of where the radios are at and sanded the whole thing down after that dried. Today I was going cut the holes out, but don't have any cut off wheels to get a good cut on the edges.
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I'm going to probably pick up again on it Friday, and get the holes cut, bondo the unevenness of the sides a little, sand that down and then paint it either black or red like the other panels in the truck.
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So update to today: Bondo'd, sanded, molded, holes cut and stuff mounted. Next up is primer, paint, and clear coat.

One hole:
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Dunzo, almost:
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looks good dude. cant wait to see it when its finished. wat color are you painting it?
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Good question. I haven't decided yet. Either as close to the stock black as possible, or the same color red that my truck is and the other interior parts are painted.
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What are you all running off that Whelen control? Looks good wish I could get my hands on a center counsel and bucketseats for my truck.
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Woah, I missed this thread. I want to do the same thing for my CB, how hard of a project is this? I have no experience with fiberglassing and bondo. The closest thing I've done is drywall mudding lol. It looks great though.
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Paint It Black!!!!!!!!!
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What are you all running off that Whelen control? Looks good wish I could get my hands on a center counsel and bucketseats for my truck.
The switchbox is for the strobes, LED's, and Off road lights. I am trying to figure out how to put my spectra below it remote headed, but don't know if hat will fit yet or not.

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Woah, I missed this thread. I want to do the same thing for my CB, how hard of a project is this? I have no experience with fiberglassing and bondo. The closest thing I've done is drywall mudding lol. It looks great though.
This is my first time doing anything with fiberglass, I am like you and did some drywall and stuff. In the front of the console, under the cover part, there are two pillars that come up to match clips that hold the cover to the base. to fit the scanner there (the widest part that it would fit in) I had to cut the clips and pillars off. The cover is still being held on by 2 clips towards the bottom, or back.

Advice is to know what you are doing, have your glass mat all setup for the area that your are doing, and work fast as the resin sets up quick. The bonda part was fairly easy, just a matter of mixing it, and applying it in small coats to smooth the imperfections out. On Muscle Car a while ago, Lou had said something about using floral foam to make a mold of what you want, I tried that but it didn't work out well in this case. I am sure if you were making a part that you didn't have a base or anything to work off, that would work good, but not so much in this case.

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Paint It Black!!!!!!!!!
Yea, thats what I think I may do.




Now it is on to the radio bezel and rear panel from the Expo console...
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Defn post up what you do with the rear panel, I'm trying to come up with stuff for mine. I just have holes back there now lol
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I will. I have no clue what I am going to do with it yet. In my standard cab, the console is too long with the bottom ac vents, so i need to chop those off and make it angle up in the back to the top and then round over to meet up with the armrest. How I am going to do that, I have no clue.
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looks realy good im getting a set of seats from an explorer but the console was already sold so im having to look somewhere else =(
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Looks real good. I molded my CB in the same location with Bondo.
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I need to get a finer grit sand paper, sand it once, and then put one last coat of black on it.
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