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Old 12-21-2010, 04:23 PM   #166
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These guys sell fiberglass dash $225

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Old 12-21-2010, 05:20 PM   #167
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^ Haha, funny that dash is a CSL dash (but a poor copy). We have a mold for that too actually, but I didn't want to make a mini-CSL. I'm starting to regret buying that console now too

As for the gauge pod in the dash, I don't know, I never was a fan of those. The other thing is, majority of the gauges in the cluster will now be rendered useless. I don't have a fuel tank anymore, so the gas gauge is useless. And I don't have a speedo drive anymore, so the speed gauge is not being used either. I figured, the least I can do is try to salvage that garbage cluster...

On another note, the piece I was working on yesterday became a bit more of an episode than I thought. The hole-saw decided to eat the sheet, tearing it off the wood I had it clamped to, shattering into a few pieces and became a sweet makeshift sawblade. One finger became a casualty, I thought it went through because I couldn't feel it at first, but turns it out it only cut about 1/4 way through. Still though: FAIL. Might go back to it in a day or so, I'm still quite cheesed off about it. That's why my update just kind of stops lol
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:25 PM   #168
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Ouch!

any slice on your fingers hurts like hell, all those nerves.

On another note what about something like this.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:47 PM   #169
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^ Yes sir! That's along the lines I was thinking. I couldn't help myself, and had to go work anyways... 9 fingers wasn't gonna stop me. I'll edit this post in a bit with an update.

So UPDATE:

I set off to make another panel after the first one disintegrated while cutting. Here is the last test fit of the original one in the cluster:



It fit nice. Too bad. One to number two.



Dremeled out the spaces for the gauges



Hmm, they look nice!



Last check to make sure it fit without any stressed edges. Eventually it will be glued to the cluster.



Good enough. Paint time! I hope this ends up drying into satin.



Meanwhile, waiting for paint to dry... I took a try at cleaning the gauge glass. What's cool about it is, it's actually glass!



I slid the half wet panel onto the cluster to see how it looks. I'm happy with it! We'll see how it looks tomorrow with a few gauges in it. Still waiting for my Rpm gauge to arrive this week then I can see how it all fits together.

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Old 12-22-2010, 11:29 AM   #170
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what material did you use for the gauge panel? Looks good bud. I like the green painters tape on the damaged finger... true car guy.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:58 PM   #171
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^ Ye yeee thanks dude! I just used some plastic sheeting I found in the shop, it's no more than 3mm thick.
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Old 12-24-2010, 06:36 PM   #172
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Got some glue yesterday, time to put it all together.

The war zone on my desk. Pretty awesome.... Hell, I've had the window open in my room for half an hour, still smells like epoxy LOL.



And the finished cluster. Excuse the shitty lighting in my room. Gauges are fit, RPM nice and centered, couldn't be more pleased with it. I may still have to install a couple of little warning/idiot lights, but I'll get to those later.



Merry Christmas guys!
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Old 12-24-2010, 06:42 PM   #173
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^^ I like that alot,
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Old 12-24-2010, 06:50 PM   #174
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Thanks dude!
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:40 PM   #175
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What did you use for the top peice
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:08 PM   #176
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What did you use for the top peice
2002 cluster.
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:55 PM   #177
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What did you use for the top peice
It is just a stock cluster from a 2002, with thin sheet of plastic glued on top to house the VDO gauges.
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:21 PM   #178
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Good job!

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Got some glue yesterday, time to put it all together.

The war zone on my desk. Pretty awesome.... Hell, I've had the window open in my room for half an hour, still smells like epoxy LOL.



And the finished cluster. Excuse the shitty lighting in my room. Gauges are fit, RPM nice and centered, couldn't be more pleased with it. I may still have to install a couple of little warning/idiot lights, but I'll get to those later.



Merry Christmas guys!

Looks very nice, love the look of the stock tach.
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:41 PM   #179
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front coilover v2.0 50% complete

Update:

New shortened strut tube? Check.

New coilover sleeve seatring? Check.

Extra negative camber? Check.

Short Bilsteins that fit minty? Check.



Still have to make one more support to gusset the tube to the spindle, repaint entire strut, and figure out whats going on for a camber plate. But I'll need to dig the car out of the snow for that, so it can wait until April
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:30 PM   #180
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I haven't been on here in a while, but great work man!
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