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Discussion in 'Member's Build Threads' started by Horseplay, Jul 2, 2011.
YOU KNOW it's not orange. It's dark red. Camera and lighting affect, I guess.
Calm down Nancy.
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When I first attached the metal shields I used seam sealer to seal and fill the contact points all around the apron. Then everything got sprayed with Raptor liner. When I attached the rubber pieces I used urethane adhesive not only to attached them to the metal shields but also built up a seal around the points of contact to keep water from having a path in between where it could sit and potentially cause corrosion/rust down the road. I cut the ends off the screws where they came through and covered them with a dab of the urethane too. Overkill for sure given the shape the originals were in but at this point I have gone to such lengths on everything so why stop now. You may notice that except for where grade 8 strength bolts were needed I used nothing but SS hardware throughout. The cost has been stupid but why ruin the appearance with a nasty old rusty bolt?!
Thanks for the info. I have to redo mine here soon.
So late last week I mentioned in another thread that I had been working on building a console for the car. Actually, while it is a console it is much more. As I am prone to do I put a ton of thought and planning into it. My car features a lot of modern stuff which required quite a bit of change to the stock electrical system. As such I designed and am constructing a custom wiring harness(es) and also moving components around. The bulk of the electrical is located in the console both for easy access and also to keep the dash (behind) clear and clean. Design of the console had to accommodate this concept.
Also, while my car is a "restomod" I have tried very hard to keep it looking like a stock 65 mustang. The rear seat delete I built is a prime example of doing something non-stock and functional for my modern purposes but to the casual observer it likely appears stock. My console design tries to mimic the stock console look but incorporates not only the functional electrical requirements I previously mentioned but also incorporates a center mounted Fox e-brake, cup holders for long cruises, vintage rocker switches for the door locks and windows but all in a vintage appearing piece.
It was made completely from scratch of my own design. I think it turned out pretty nice. Quite happy with it. All I have left to do is sew up the armrest cover. Like everything on my ride I do everything myself. Have to polish up the sewing skills this weekend and get it done. Want to incorporate a double French-stitch design to give it a bit of "pizzazz".
Either A, you can make these when you get done traveling the planet or B, some company will snap them up and make you a Gozillionaire! Nice work T
My God man. You've got some skills. That is one gorgeous console. The detail and layout is fantastic.
That console is awesome. Made from scratch??? How much to make me one lol.
Come make me one too.
He told me $2K
Very, very impressive! Excellent job! Looking forward to seeing it in place!
As I mentioned earlier, the bulk of the electrical will be within the console. Actually, the main electrical chassis is mounted to the tunnel via some studs I welded on some time ago. The console slides in around it and conceals it. Access to the fuse block and relays is through the aluminum tambour door (purchased part for a '68 mustang console). Hidden near the rear storage compartment is the electrical control for the key fob to actuate the power door locks and stuff.
There is quite a bit of engineering and thought that had to go into the design to accommodate all the necessary gizmos and such. The console had to be easily removable yet solidly mounted without any obvious fasteners to distract from the look. It slides in over and under the e-brake which was necessary as it doesn't come apart. I chose to use a specific type of plastic panel to fab the body. Plywood is susceptible to warping or worse, rotting if it gets wet our under long term humid conditions. Same for MDF although it is more stable. Not too mention, neither can provide long term acceptable fastener security. Screws on a lid hinge, for example, will work loose and break away the wood in short order. With the material I used I was able to use threaded metal inserts for some needs and I also made lots of metal plates with nuts welded to them for high strength purposes that I routed into the material creating clamping situations for ultimate holding force. I'm not an engineer but I do play one in the garage!
I like how you added the super high tech light in the fuse panel area.
I've got WAY TOO MUCH $$$ into this console. I have no real idea how much it would cost to reproduce now that all the design...and redesign again is done. I bought more than a few different types of material for just about each area of the unit trying to find the right look. The black plastic, for example, had to be a match to the original camera case texture of the original console. I originally tried to use a simulated brushed aluminum vinyl for the center section. After three different purchases I gave up trying to find one that worked and made my own pieces out of some aluminum sheeting i bought at a hardware store. Ended up developing a pretty effective process to create the brushed affect that I plan to use elsewhere on the car. I went through untold different trim samples before I was able to create the chrome pieces that separate the different areas of the center section.
Anyone want to guess where those rocker switches were originally used? I can tell you it is a vintage car...just not a mustang although they certainly look like they could have been original. At least I think so.
Funny guy. Actually there will be a LED inside that will come on when the door is raised. Same for the rear storage box. Fuses rarely blow in the daylight hours.
that is very impressive, I want one too when you start mass producing them.
Respect man .
Nope. Here's a hint. Bruno might be more familiar with them.
As planned, I got a serious start on installing/connecting the wiring yesterday. As stated before, I am creating my own custom harnesses and system to accommodate the inclusion of a number of new and modern features. Not to mention, using a new, larger fuse panel and changing it's location. Lots and lots of relays being used to handle high amp loads better and facilitate things like power windows and locks. Hope to have it all wired and connected by tonight.