Sub box building tomorrow!
Was unusually cold in the garage tonight, so the fiberglass took FOREVER to kick....I even mixed it at 5% MEKP...oh well. Sub box base is done and ready for layout, threw some filler on the beauty panels and will sand them lightly before I put them back in for test fit.
Sub box building tomorrow!
All the Memphis Car Audio products arrived today...now we're just waiting on the Pioneer Deck to come in.....i'll start on the custom center console soon
Removed the stock Rockford Fosgate amplifier under the driver seat and replaced that with a custom panel to house the escort radar system main hub. Hide all the wires that will power that, now, as you can see, all those little ports need to be filled....so that will be next!
You can see the stock amp is no match for what we're putting in the Evo...should be enough to make some noise!
Cut out some 3/4" MDF and routed the edges so that it can sit flush inside the mold.....placed everything in the Evo, made sure it was level, then applied some glass and fiberglass strands to bond the wood to the wheel well mold.....once this dries, then I can pull it, fill the voids and glass a few layers and then I can start final construction on the subwoofer box.
Got alot done today....thanks to my new space heater....it's crazy how much 10 degrees warmer can make you motivated to stay out in the shop!
Cut out the beauty panel and glassed the backside for stability. Also, trimmed up the wheel well mold and put a few more layers on the side to beef them up....tomorrow we'll be making a base for the rest of the construction to happen.
Started on the wiring for the DVD player.....get the main harness wired in, auxillary wires wired up for accessories, mounted the Bluetooth module, and wired up the Satellite radio modules. The Evo already had Sirius in it, and I was hoping to keep the factory installed antenna...well, so far so good. Was able to locate and remove the factory Sirius tuner box, then I fabricated my own direct replacement panel, installed the two Sirius components, and put everything back into the car....looks stock and doesn't lose any much needed space.
Also, figured out where I'm going to mount the Escort display as well as the bluetooth mic...but that's for another day! Oh, and last but not least....got the DVD player mounted to the factory brackets, but I was tired, and wanted to leave the owner drooling over the last pic....cause he wants to see it mounted!!! HA
Wow...this weather is really slowing down the process on this badboy.
First pic....a warm and toasty 45 degrees out in the shop...it's this way because I have both doors cracked open so the fiberglass fumes can excape. Oh well....one to glassing and grinding!!
Got a few more layers on the beauty panel, that will be ready to come out tomorrow or after turkey day.
Trimmed up the trunk mold and added a few more layers on the sides to beef them up..almost ready for final assembly and mock up of that too.
End temp? 41.....allllmost freezing.
Pulled all the molds and got them trimmed up and ready to go.
Taped off the sides and made a beauty panel, that will replace the stock panel that hid the battery and washer fluid resevoir. Glassed the sides to match existing contours and now we just have a few more layers to go, then we'll be good to go there.
Also, cleaned up the door panels and get them ready to cut and fit the new speakers on them as well.
Did a mobile install tonight....integrated a Sound Ordenance 8" powered woofer into a stock JBL system on a 91 Ford Explorer. I'm still very impressed with how these little guys sound, and at only $150 for the subwoofer/amp combo...the price can not be beat!
Here's a pic of my car LOADED to the top....and the cool LEDs that come on when your sub turns on!
Just re-did the 'Products' Page...so go on over there and check it out.
Uploaded new images of all the brands we carry, plus added a few new ones we just picked up!!
Parents brought me a bunch of stuff from the old house I lived in back in high school...dug deep and found some fiberglass mat.....the same roll I started using when I was teaching myself fiberglass....blast from the past for sure!!! So I threw two layers on and let them dry overnight.
Next.....drill holes for the T-Nuts, glass those in, then pop the mold for construction! Also, I can now pop the mold for the subwoofer box and trim that up, and start construction on that badboy!!
Still in the works with the owner, but here is an upcoming project.
The Brewforia BrewMobile!!
Deck with iPod controls, aux inputs, and HD radio.
Component speakers custom installed
Custom center console subwoofer box, with memphis audio subwoofer and amp.
Should be a good one!!!
Went to the hardware store to grab some goodies.....tape, wooden dowels and metal rods.
A few layers later, we are ready to pop out the mold....tomorrow anyways....starting to get cold and need to let that puppy sit overnight.
Also, started on the doors....get everything taped up, marked up, and one layer of glass down on that.
Got a call from a father who tried to install a system for his son's birthday. Jeep Liberty...which means Infinity system. So, I hurried over after work, put his Sound Ordenance speakers, power 8" woofer (that hit by the way) and Kenwood CD player in.
Not bad for a few hours job.
Didn't have much time last night with the emergency install that I had to go mobile and get done.
Got 2 layers of 1.5oz mat down....all bubbles rolled out and now she's ready for some 3 oz mat.
tapped off the doors and was ready to start on them as well...but....FAIL.....ran out of masking tape, so tomorrow I will start on the doors.
Went up to Salmon, Idaho this weekend to see where Ryan, Jenny and Ryden moved to and how they are living. I now know why they moved....they have THIS view. Other than that, everyone is settling in nicely, and I think that the 'other' side of Trax Customs will thrive up there. They sell more trucks than cars, so our Performance Chips, Suspensions, HID lighting, off-road accessories and much more will sell better up there, so I don' think we'll see a decline with the move.
On to Projecto EVO!! Stay tuned!
Finished the lights up tonight....they look good, and I think the client will be happy once he gets them.
Here's a video to show you the radioactive halos
Oh ya.......iiiiiit's back!
Actually, headlights FINALLY were delivered to Rube, and he had time to install them...pics don't show Halo's lit up, but you know what they look like. Another satisfied customer. This was a fun project, glad Trax Customs could help out and international friend!
So ya, like the title says.....blood, sweat and tears we're put into the Evo tonight.................as much as could be dripped on it in 5 minutes! That's all the time I had to work on it....lame.. Oh well, she's finally ready for some glass!
Almost done....took 4 looooong hours to get the shrouds just right, wired up and everything set. Now just to wait overnight for adhesives to set up then we'll seal the headlights and ship them out!
Radioactive symbol came out pretty good....could have used an extra coat of black base paint, as the halo's shine through JUST a hair...but i think they get the point across!
Watching paint dry really does suck.
Aligned the lights so they are as close to plug-n-play as possible as far as beam cutoff height. Disassembled the projectors, figured out the LED locations, taped everything off and shot some engine enamel on them....3 coats later and these guys are ready for final assembly.
Also, painted up the RadioActive halos. With the help of a jig I made, I was able to make sure the lines will line up perfectly once placed on the halo. After some precise measuring and some razor blade trickery that would cause a surgeon to smirk, we have this!!
So, got the trunk taped off and ready for some resin, but I need more supplies. Tin Foil is on top of the list, then we'll be ready to go!!!
Also, started thinking about the other parts of the car that are fiberglass (door panels) and so I attempted to tap those off...well, I need wax and adhesive remover, as SOMEONE has been Armor-All'ing their doors, so tap won't stick. So tomorrow I'll run to the store and pick up the necessary cooking supplies to start glass!!
Didn't have much time to work on anything tonight...but I did get the reflector bowls mounted back up, and ready to throw onto Project Test Dummy (My Beater) for final alignment....then they will be dismantled and prep'd for paint.
Prep'd and painted the chrome eyelid shrouds on the headlights. Engine Paint so that it can withstand any heat that's put on it.
Got the projectors mounted up and they are drying overnight.
Shrouds are prep'd and painted....drying overnight as well.
All that's left to do is mount everything up and do everything else!
Forwarded this to our graphic design/screen printing guru....haha, I don't even know if she knows that's what we're calling her yet!
I'll hopefullly have this printing out in a few days...pretty cool design for about 10 minutes on Photochop!!
Finished up the front passengers door with even more sound deadening.....so that means, for now...I'm finally done with this stuff! Woot Woot!
Also, pulled the dash, cause I know the owner is getting a little antsy over there in Dirka Land to see his dash removed.....so there....removed! Good thing, I can now steal up to 3 babies and hide them in this dash!! There is a BUNCH of room behind that Rockford radio!
We're your one stop shop for all your car audio stereo, iPod, Bluetooth, Navigation sales and installation needs in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Eagle, Garden City, Mt Home, Caldwell, Emmett, Kuna and the surrounding areas. Diesel and Gas performance and suspension and custom fabrication all in one location. Boat audio and visual as well as home theater sales and installation. We've got the