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    Carputer v.2 need ideas.

    On my first attempt at ever working with fiberglass/bondo, I came across many pitfalls. In the end, I came up with this.



    (pre-paint, etc..)

    During that process, I was stuck in situations like this that I don't want to find myself in again...



    The final product was...



    And.. I hate it. So I'm starting over.. This time I have a better working knowledge of fiberglass/bondo from the start. My question is, how would some of you go about restarting this project.

    As you see, this is going into a 2001 Audi A4. Last time I removed the double din radio, removed the ash tray, and cut the HVAC down smaller and angled it in the fiberglass. I want to avoid that whole process this time. I've purchased another stock HVAC and refuse to cut it. The screen will be going into the double dine hole where the radio was.

    Here's my dilemma... I've removed the face from the stock radio and wrapped it in fleece to make a mold. Is this the best idea? I want to have something ready to fit in the hole without molding it while it's in the car. The other problem is keeping it secure. On the last project, I made metal brackets that were hidden unfder the top trim plate. I'm thinking maybe now to mold the screen right to the top trim piece. Would this work? Would it be hard to line up perfectly?



    I'm still an amateur with fabrication so I need some serious feedback.

    TIA!

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    what did u do to the other peice i might have a friend who might want to take it off of yours hands.
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    in dash monitor ?

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    do it to the trim piece, dude. You've seen mine. It rocks.
    I gluegunned my screen bezel in there temporarily, then epoxied the trim piece to the bezel. Then taped it in position while it cured. came out perfectly lined up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brrman
    do it to the trim piece, dude. You've seen mine. It rocks.
    I gluegunned my screen bezel in there temporarily, then epoxied the trim piece to the bezel. Then taped it in position while it cured. came out perfectly lined up.
    The problem with that is I've fiberglassed the bezel into the last project and doubt I'll be able to get it out without breaking it.

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    hmm - you can buy a new Xenarc bezel one in the mp3.com store for 25 bucks. Thats where I got my 2nd one.

    Dunno about lilliput bezels tho
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    I think you can get the lilliput bezel for DigitalWW, try to pm them or send them an email.

    BTW The first version didn't look that bad.
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    I'd just cut a piece of thick (1/4") model aircraft birch plywood to perfectly fit that opening. Start with a card stock template. The radius the edges, mold in your Lilliput bezel, seal it and paint it. If it needs a slight curvature build that with filler. I would leave the seam above and below it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brrman
    hmm - you can buy a new Xenarc bezel one in the mp3.com store for 25 bucks. Thats where I got my 2nd one.

    Dunno about lilliput bezels tho
    Is this how you did it?

    Sorry for the paint version, I'm at work.

    See Attached.

    The Brown being the cardboard, and green being the filler.
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