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    Quote Originally Posted by super-fly View Post
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Dynat...3286.m20.l1116
    I would just use foil like the sticky shows to go between the gap.
    Well I'll be .... I searched ebay for Dynatron but didn't think the NES game or Dynatron fans would help me (the results I got).

    I didn't realize the default search doesn't include ebay motors. Thanks!

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    Using the putty is very manageable, but like stated before, there are many ways of doing it. Molding it into place will be easier because you don't have to deal with the buttons of the screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotYou View Post
    If I find it, what would you recommend to bridge the 1" gap or so? I imagine having to place some flat material to bridge the gap, then put the dynatron on top of it?
    I suspect something more rigid than just foil would be better, or at least something temporarily under the foil to provide support. If you read this thread, Turbocad6 talks about using all sorts of products in his creations. Any flat, relatively rigid plastic, except polyethylene and polypropylene (because very little bonds to them), would probably do fine.
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    Hello, You are looking at the wrong place. Autozone and places like that are good for parts but suck for everything else. Try a auto paint store. If you dont know anybody like that. Walmart has everything mentioned above. As for making a bezel think of it like this anything gets hard if you put fiberglass resin on it. I have cut out cardboard to the shape of the hole and dipped it in resin. Then filled it in with putty and just kept on sanding and puttying until it was good. The best way would probably be to use aluminum foil and the two part epoxy glue made for plastic. Fusor is a good brand and 3m and sems make it also.
    I assure you that bezel, will never break. That stuff gets really really hard. I have also made one that seems to be just what you need. Take the part off that you want to put the screen in, and cover it all up with masking tape. Wrap the naked monitor with a bunch of plastic wrap or foil, and place it where ever you want it to be. Make sure everything is covered completely you dont want resin on you monitor. Then simply wrap the whole piece (with the monitor in place) with pantyhose , or anything cloth really. Stretch it tight to conform to the dash peice and clamp it to make it stay in place(clothespins work well). Then spread resin all over it wait and spread again when it dries take it back off and cut out the hole for the monitor and refinish and paint the outside to look good. Another approach would be to wrap the dash piece with pantyhose and then lay the wrapped monitor on top where it needs to be. then very slowly spread the resin every where the monitor isnt. So that when it dries there will be a hard outline of where your monitor is. By now you should have a big hard piece that looks like your dash hole with a spot for a monitor. Keep in mind your not trying to hold the car together with it, your just trying to make something look pretty. Also when ever you get it finished before you paint you can spray some texture coating on it to make it look even more oem, and closer to the dash. When you need to sell the car you can simply remove the bezel by pulling real hard cause the masking tape is under everything. Sorry for the longest post ever! and I hope you understand I can do stuff alot easier than I can explain stuff. good luck

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    Personally, I would start with a trim kit like this

    And work from there. It worked excellent for me anyway.
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    When I did my Xterra, I used the material that pegboards are made out of (except without the holes). I don't know what it's called. It's not MDF, obviously, maybe LDF?

    Here's my write-up:
    http://jellosalad.com/carputer.html

    Pic of the LDF(?) sanded and painted here:
    [media]http://jellosalad.com/img/carputer/frame2.jpg[/media]

    More pics in the write-up.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

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    Haha.. yea, I don't know if that stuff actually has a name. Everyone I know just calls it pegboard and knows what it is from there.

    Thanks all for the tips... I ended up hiring someone to go the bezel for me, as I just don't think I'll get the results I want with my non-experience in this area. I'll start a worklog one of these days and show what happens out of all of this

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    Quote Originally Posted by sativen View Post
    When I did my Xterra, I used the material that pegboards are made out of (except without the holes). I don't know what it's called. It's not MDF, obviously, maybe LDF?

    Here's my write-up:
    http://jellosalad.com/carputer.html

    Pic of the LDF(?) sanded and painted here:
    [media]http://jellosalad.com/img/carputer/frame2.jpg[/media]

    More pics in the write-up.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

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