Yeah if you cover it with bondo you can't cut away the foam ... from the front ... but you can scoop it out the back! It leaves sort of a bondo shell that you can reinforce by applying layers or filling from the back. By the time I was done there was almost no foam insulation left. If you can only work from the front side you probably need to use something a little more hearty than spray-foam for your initial form. Soft wood such as balsa would probably work better. There is also a formable product that you can carve easily called BalsaFoam that you could investigate. This is going to be more structurally sound than other alternatives.
I was very impressed by your work!
Could you please send me a working link to d/l the procedure from or shoot it over via email?
Please PM me if you can.
I am going to try that for my 88 vette. I'm removing the passenger side dash hump that sticks out and replacing it with the flat piece so i can cut a hole and mount the bezel for my Lilliput 7" LCD for the carputer.
I'm not sure I understand what you mean by 'download the procedure'. 100% of the writeup and images on how to do this is in the first post of this thread, which I assume you have already seen.
Gork, excellent job, excellent write up. Thanks alot. I am however having the same problem as the fellow a few posts before me as to how you actually remove foam when you've covered it with bondo.. You said scoop it out the back.. Well arent we covering the whole face entirely with bondo? if you were to scoop out chunks of foam and fill it in with more bondo, wouldnt you still have foam in the middle portion? I don't see how I can do this without leaving foam majorly part of the inner structure. Are we intending for it to be this way? Thanks alot!!!
First let me say you do great work - from a fellow Texan (I'm a 12 year transplant from Pittsburgh). It's very meticulous and clean! Nice car also.....I have a black '04 that I love. I am thinking of putting in a car pc for NAV, DVD and MP3's, but I don't want to change the stock look much. I plan on making a removable bracket to hold the touch screen and keep the existing HU for FM and CD's. In your M3, how hard was it to tap into the existing wiring behind the HU? Is it possible to run the pc and the HU using the same wires for audio?
Any help you could give me is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!! Take care.
If you keep the stock head unit and want to run the PC's audio into it, just get the auxillary input kit from BMW. Your '04 will have no problems with this and you won't have to tap into anything at all. The kit gives you a standard stereo 1/8" miniplug which you can hook up right to your sound card line out.
I didn't know it had that capability.....Thanks!! You know the car well! Later today I'll post pick of my install in my Dad's '02 Envoy - He's the one who got me thinking about doing a pc in my car. His is the first pc install I've done. Take care Gork!
Can you make another?
Hi, i live in the UK and I am looking at buying a BMW 320 Cd M, it has the same dash as yours. Would you and if so how much would you charge to make a bezel?
Hay Do you take order if I would like to place a one.
let me know.
it for s430