Till then, the gaurd dogs will have to do with their current dog bowl holder!!
Had some downtime, so I threw on some Rage Gold and sanded away....one more sanding session, spot fill and then it'll be paint time!!!
Till then, the gaurd dogs will have to do with their current dog bowl holder!!
Got some time to open up the headlights that I'm repairing for a fellow Solsti owner.
The original retrofitter is somewhat popular online....and now I know how he does it....errr....kind of does it. "Goop stuff in the headlight, shove it in there, hold......hold.....set.....cover with cheap plastic....ship it back......change website address so you can't contact me when my products go bad" Good business model really!
These photos are for the client, but this is a prime exampl of 'you get what you pay for'.
Owner didn't like the look of actually seeing the source of the light in the headlight bucket.
Answer........remove and replace with LEDs.....DUH!
Stock bulb is in there until owner replaces with a smaller, low profile bulb that is clear and not so huge. Light perfectly fills headlight bucket, isn't too bright and is exactly what the owner was wanting.
These lights are only on when he pulls the 'light stick' out one click.....and they shut off when the headlights are turned on. His turn signals are the little cones above the headlight bucket...so purely ICE lights....
Looked sick driving away at night. Last pic is with lights on...camera made the others fairly brighter than they actually are.
On to the next one!!
Got a decent sized project coming up as soon as I can fit it in.
DVD Player (Clarion)
Front Components (Hybrid Audio)
3 Channel Amp (Arc Audio)
Dual 10" Woofers (Arc Audio)
Custom Box to fit under seat
Got the box done today, had to bump out the woofers a bit more because Arc increased their tolerances, and added a 1/2" on the mounting depth for the XXD Woofers. NO biggy.
This is the second time I've worked on this Cobalt.
1st time as to fix an amp install gone bad.
Original installed mounted the amp on the side wall, and cut the carpet out....so that's why I had to place the amp there.....when it comes back for the interior swap (going from all tan interior to black) I'll build a custom amp rack holder for it, so it'll look a bit better.
Installed some Memphis Sync 6.5" Component speakers in the door.
Swapped out the old Polk 300 watt amp for a new Arc Audio XDi803 amp. Pushes the front speakers with 80 watts each as well as gives the Kicker woofer 200 watts. Customer will either be getting another Kicker sub and bigger box so he can use all the 400 watts on the subwoofer side of the amp or will be getting dual Arc Audio XXD subs.
Either way, with the addition of the front stage and a bigger box from the first time.....this system has come alive.....all we need now is a bit of sound deadener to stop the rattles and we're good.
Made some speaker spacers for a fellow builder/mechanic.
Needed to 'ghost mount' the speakers from the underside of the rear shelf.
Made these our of 3/4" MDF and coated in bedliner.
Fit perfect and worked like a charm.
Got the newly painted pods attached, mounted and wired up.
Also, temporarily mounted the new RetroSounds radio in the dash...I say temporarily, because the previous owner used a badger or beaver of some type to make the hole a bit wider and the new radio doesn't sit in flush like i should.....so the owner will be repainting everything within the next year, so once that's done, the hole will be of perfect size and it'll look even more stock than it does already.
Everything turned out great, owner is stoked and it sounds great......already have another set that needs to be made!
Few videos to show operation
First one is to simulate turn signals and stopping
Second one is to simulate the same actions but with the lights turned on
Finally found time to complete these bad boys.
This was a budget build, so it didn't turn out 'completely stock' looking like I wanted it to, but I've already got a few orders in on these, so THEY will at least look like they should.
Lights turned out great and are super cool looking when they light up.
Got the pods smoothed down and texture painted so they are ready for paint to match the existing wall in the bus....going to look sick in there. Already have another Bus owner that wants a set....better get them up on Samba!
Installed pics of everything will be coming up soon.
Finally getting to my buddies VW BUS...thing is sick, so I wanted to make the VW community like these pods.....AKA....know there are speakers there but don't make them too flashy. The VW people, along with any other classic car owner, they don't want to damage the original factory panel. We're doing these under the parcel shelf and above the headlight buckets.....we're also putting a sick RetroSound deck in the dash to keep the original look, but bring modern technology to the table.
Should have these paintable in the next couple of days.
Would have had them smoother but my air hose decided to blow up on me.....awesome.
Doing some more custom work on a Kappa platform car for a customer with a Saturn Sky.
This time we'll be doing LED accents instead of a full on LED conversion.
These photos are for the client to help determine what exactly to do for lighting, since the taillight is pretty complex on the inside. Also, to show the nick in one of the lights that came in the box.
Little dremel work and these bad boys were apart.
Got everything buttoned up and dropped it off with clients brother.
It was good to see it go...but I have a feeling I'll be adding more to this and/or doing something down the road.
On to the next one!
Pics will be transferred to the Project Page soon.
These were the only shots I could grab....I forgot to do a photo shoot.
So this project is a long story, but I'm helping out a fellow Solsti owner in California.
Shipped me these headlights he recieved from another owner and they were all jacked up.
Had some spare time today, so I stripped the existing tint off the lights.....now on to the messed up chrome shroud that is 'melted' inside (another reason to go with Trax Customs when it comes to your lighting needs....we use the best of the best when it comes to products).
Busted out a quick one Saturday morning.
2008 Chevy Cobalt getting a new deck (Clarion), rear speakers (MTX) and an amp/sub combo (MTX).
Everything was straight forward and after wards a huge improvement from stock (of course).
Had a veteran bring in his newly purchased Chevrolet Impala for an amp/sub/deck install.
Deck was easy, amp and subs were a bit different.
Needed to make room for a cap as well, so the cap went down low and the amp went up on the rear deck. Subs were bolted to the floor and the customer was stoked!
So the surprise for Steven was the rims.....they were old and busted....so we made them new hotness. Stripped them down to nothing...sanded them, then primer/single stage/hand painted logo and pin striped them. Turned out good for a 4 hour paint session. Everyone at the shop was helping on this one.....even the lady got in on the action with mixing the paint that we all hand-painted. Overall, I think it completes the car.....even got a compliment on the car today as it was sitting outside.
After that, I got all the LEDs wired up in the trunk. I also took the rear bumper off and attempted to sound deaden that....it's much better now that before...but since it was broken in one spot.....that tends to chatter a bit.....I'm still not done with that, but more later.
Other than a few odds and ends, Memphry is another one for the books.....donezo!!!!
I love driving this thing, as the sound is perfect....crisp highs and rediculous lows.....makes me wish I had a trunk!
Vinyl came in...so i put those on. I'm diggin' the gold and black theme.
This is all I've got.....suprise a'comin' tomorrow.
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