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    On the rear deck, you need to have each and every little thing planned out. You'll need a list of materials, tools, sandpaper, paint, everything so that you don't get halfway into it and end up ruining it. Then you'd have to get a new rear deck.

    I would start off with a second rear deck from a salvage yard for starters. Do you plan to add foam and reshape it? Or do you just want to cover the whole thing in fiberglass, sand, add bondo to smooth it out and then paint it. Do you want it wrapped in vinyl? If so, then the shape will have to have smooth curves so the vinyl won't wrinkle or bunch up. Are you going to paint it yourself or have a pro do it?

    If you expect it to turn out real nice, you have to plan every little detail. It's certainly a good idea to mix up bondo as well as fiberglass resin and just get a feel for them as well as how quickly they harden. The set time will vary with the ratio of material to hardner you add.

    Speaker rings can be made if you have a router. What kind of tools do you have? Do you have wood working experience? If not, you might need to buy rings. You'll definetely be doing a lot of sanding, so having a powered rotary sander will come in very handy.

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    I have more but not on this computer. I'll post more this evening.

    none of them works.

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    I have some experience with woodworking and am a quick learner. I like taking on big tasks. My current car is really a constant project so if i screw it up its not the biggest deal. I have routers and such but I am more interested in the fiberglass part, so Im happy to buy the rings.. but where? As for the shape, i would like somewhat smooth and nice, no vinyl tho. I am going to paint it myself just cuz im short on cash
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    If you have a router you can make the rings. Here, check these out:
    http://www.ajquick.com/cars/tutorials/fiberglass.php
    http://web.njit.edu/~cas1383/proj/main/

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    Very helpful. Thanks
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    I have a hatchback and the reardeck is removable. I have lost the rear deck and don't intend to buy a new one. I want to cover the existing speakers w/ fiberglass, and have a fiberglass span the gap between the two existing speakers. I will put two speakers in the deck. I need somthing strong eneoug so that the fiberglass dosn't sag. Any suggestions? I will eventually have a sub layout in the back. I am hoping for a seamless transition between the two.

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    forgot to add pics.


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    Your new rear deck could simply span the entire legnth covering the 2 speakers on the end.
    Do you not want to get a used factory deck to start with and use as a foundation? Sometimes that's the best way to start.

    If you want to start from scratch you could make something from wood or steel depending on how strong you want it.
    Are you going to cover the factory speakers so they won't be usable and then install new ones just inboard of the old ones?
    Or still use the factory locations and integrate a grill of some kind into the new deck?
    Are you wanting to add some kind of grill in the center of the deck to let the bass flow into the cabin?

    I would look around for some type of grill material like expanded metal or mesh of some kind.
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    no, the existing speakers I want to be gone, and never to be used again. Now that I think about it, the grill in the center to let the base come through is a good idea. I have some 1/4 inch mesh that would be good under some sort of metal "grill". The only thing with the existing deck is that it dosn't cover the speakers, and I would have to put 1 1/2 inch of fiberglass to get to the heighth that I want.

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    what kind of car do you have? I suggest finding an old rear deck for your car at a junk lot and begin on that. It will be strong enough and will be an excellent template shape. The fiberglass, once dry will, if made correctly, most likely be strong enough to support itself, but during drying you may want a wooden support of some kind, if not a perminate one. As for the subs, you may want to build the entire unit now. This will ensure a seamless transition. Also if you plan it ALL out now, it will work better in the future.
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