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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-23-2002, 06:23 PM
Sinij Kot
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Here it is on the bottom of the page:audio system install
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-23-2002, 11:07 PM
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nice work!

I'm about to attempt to concoct a set myself, but for a 5.4" and a 1" tweeter. I know once i get a mold for them, its gonna be a PITA to get them aimed the way i want. Looks great, and i'm sure it sounds good too

-Ant
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-24-2002, 07:26 AM
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Looks good man. Mind giving any details on how they're constructed? I've been considering doing something like this for a while but wondered if it would be worth the time.
It's cool that you are doing the whole system yourself. I noticed you are doing a lot of this stuff for the first time. Don't worry about the blemishes, most people won't notice them. The only reason they stick out so bad in your mind is because you slaved over every detail when you were making them. Most people look at stuff as a whole from a distance and don't even know what kind of imperfections to look for if they are there. Sometimes when I do something I want to look extra good I get enough materials to do 2 of whatever it is I'm making. If I don't like the 1st one(s) I can usually whip out a 2nd in way less time that looks quite a bit better. NOTHING is ever perfect though.

I have a friend who has been doing quite a bit of work lately customizing mini trucks (to the point of being useless when they are done). People really like his stuff but I like to go to his garage and see if I can nitpick his projects and ask him a bunch of questions so I can learn a lot of the details that make a good job great. It's interesting when he points out an imperfection that I didn't notice and then I can see it perfectly, but few others will ever notice, even the owners. It definitely gives one a respect for other people's work, especially original, quality ideas.

Were you the one looking to relocate the parking brake, possibly to a ratcheting type system? Did the PB affect the design of the left panel at all?

Once again, good work.

Aaron
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-24-2002, 07:53 AM
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Those look great Viktor! Can't wait to hear it! Will you be at the UNYISSO picnic in June?
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-24-2002, 09:06 AM
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Hi-
very cool looking install. You are slightly ahead of me on your kick panels.
I made the following changes(just FYI). A.The E-brake mounting support bolt was spaced out with a steel spacer to give me about another 1" of E-brake pedal clearance. It stil looks to be in the correct location from the drivers seat.
B.I relocated the computer(left kick panel on my 93') to an underdash location(carefully). This frees up a lot of space.
C. I trimmed off the hood release handle recess on the driver side. The handle will be moved up into the dash and a new pull cable will tie the two together(not done yet).
D. I cut the passenger side rocker sill plastic at the kick panel down to the same width as it is on the floor of the car. This will allow me to make the entire kick panel as one piece and opens up options for tweeter placment(seperates).
Long post... just some thoughts
- Scott
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-24-2002, 09:07 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Aaron D:

I have a friend who has been doing quite a bit of work lately customizing mini trucks (to the point of being useless when they are done). People really like his stuff but I like to go to his garage and see if I can nitpick his projects and ask him a bunch of questions so I can learn a lot of the details that make a good job great. It's interesting when he points out an imperfection that I didn't notice and then I can see it perfectly, but few others will ever notice, even the owners. It definitely gives one a respect for other people's work, especially original, quality ideas.

Aaron
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Sorry to jump off topic here, but I've heard of a guy in Wichita who does some crazy work on minitrucks. Could you drop his name? I'd like to ask my friend up here in KC if it's the same guy. [img]smile.gif[/img] Just for reference. He told me "this guy" in Wichita would be a good one to have put airbags on my car whenever I decide to do it.

I think you're the third person I've seen post from Kansas (including myself). Good to see you on the forum!
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-24-2002, 04:15 PM
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Thank you everybody for the complements.

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR> Looks good man. Mind giving any details on how they're constructed? I've been considering doing something like this for a while but wondered if it would be worth the time.
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Ohh this definitely worth the time!!! I can hear a lot of difference, the whole front stage is higher and more balanced, meaning there is a wide "sweet" spot from left to right. Also I don't know how to justify this but the same speakers sound clearer.

As for construction. I really didn't know how it would look at the end, so I began with making the baffles out of mdf using router. Then I put the speakers in the baffles and started to align them, once that was done I stapled the sweatshirt material to it, to be fiber-glassed. Basically I ended up trimming most of the material away. As you can see in the pictures, there isn't too much stuff around the baffles. I taped out the corners with body-shop tape (no sticking) placed the kiks as I wanted, and began to saturate the cloth. It really wasn’t pretty at the end. I am missing a picture here, but in the first picture you can see how much bondo I have on it. This is the hardest part of the project. You got to get it to shape, so there was a lot of fitting and sending. All together it took me 2 days to make these; it should’ve been faster than that.

One cool thing that I recommend is to take advantage of the plastic trim panel that goes on the bottom of the door and rises to the pillar. This is where the original panel would mount. Basically there are clips on the back of it. So what I did is I took my half-ready right kick panel and made fiberglass attachment that snaps on these clips. You can see this in the picture 3 on the left. This solved my mounting problem, well it just made it easier mo mount this side.

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR> C. I trimmed off the hood release handle recess on the driver side. The handle will be moved up into the dash and a new pull cable will tie the two together(not done yet).
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It seemed to me that I could of relocated the hood release lever to the bar that is under the dash, I tried it and the cable was long enough, it would be like moving this lever (going up and taking a right). After I played with it I realized there was no need at all to do so.

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D. I cut the passenger side rocker sill plastic at the kick panel down to the same width as it is on the floor of the car. This will allow me to make the entire kick panel as one piece and opens up options for tweeter placment(seperates).
Long post... just some thoughts
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Now, I like this idea. I thought of something like that, but that would of being much more work. It would look cool with chrome door steps.
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-24-2002, 07:07 PM
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The reason I wanted all that space is due to the fact that the midrange and tweeter will be firing at different angles, the tweeter fires nearly straight up and the midrange(very deep) will be firing toward the driver.(Like Q forms do). To orient the transducer towards the driver will require a sharp angle, hence trim the panel. I am looking for a sneaky way to mount the hood release cable/handle elsewhere.
You are keeping me motivated - Cya- Scott
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2002, 07:17 AM
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Andrew, his name is Juice. Youl'll see his name or "JuiceLand Customs" on a lot of the paintjobs he's done. He's "bagged" quite a few trucks and even redone some botched bag jobs from other people. He's got a real job (painting graphics on motorcycles at Big Dog) so he does this stuff on the side at his home.

He's usually pretty busy, read donesn't take on a whole lot of work. He might be interested in doing your ride, he does like Impalas/caprices (new and old, like me), and I think he might be happy that the turn around time on that type of work is a lot less than most of the paint work he seems to get a lot of.

If Juice isn't the guy e-mail your guys name and I'll see what type of reference he gets from Juice. I'd hate to see yu go to the gut that supplies Juice w/ some of the rework jobs.

I thought of doing the airbag thing but I'm more interested in performance than the custom/cruiser deal. Customs rock though.

I'm curious about what you want to do to your car. If you would either e-mail me or start another topic under suspension that would be cool.

Where is Prairie Village anyway?

Later,
Aaron
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