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    Ford Focus In-Dash Lilliput

    Right, I've finally decided to start making my in-dash lilliput and have started this thread to log the progress in case it helps anyone else.

    This is what I want it to look like:



    I've bought another centre fascia panel from Ford so I can keep the other one in while I'm making this one and in case I cant get one in a few years when I sell the car.



    and below is the screen sitting behind it:



    I'm now off down the auto store to get some P40 and P38 filler...
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    Thats is going to look cool. I hate you guys with nice double din openings

    Are you going to keep the screen bezel pretty much flush with the dash or are you going to recess it a bit? maybe just recess the bottom a little or something to make it more upright as it looks like your dash is very curvy so might be pointing up and get lots of glare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Monkey
    Thats is going to look cool. I hate you guys with nice double din openings

    Are you going to keep the screen bezel pretty much flush with the dash or are you going to recess it a bit? maybe just recess the bottom a little or something to make it more upright as it looks like your dash is very curvy so might be pointing up and get lots of glare.
    Well it's not double-din - I wish it was, it's 1.5 din I think.

    It'll be flush at the edges, then recessed a little in the middle, due to the curvature of the dash. It should however be OK 'straight' as when it mounts it's not pointing up very far.

    I just got back from the auto store and have bought some 'bumper filler' which works on other stuff too but is supposed to bond well with plastic. I'm going to give that a shot first and see if it's upto the job.
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    bumper filler sounds felixible too. Could be good. Would reinforce the surround with balsa or summit too to stop flexing when you press the screen.

    Don't crash this one!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Monkey
    bumper filler sounds felixible too. Could be good. Would reinforce the surround with balsa or summit too to stop flexing when you press the screen.

    Don't crash this one!!!!
    Hey I won't be crashing it...

    Just been looking a the how-to by altimat with the balsa wood..

    Does the surround support it from the back to to flexing or do you stop the flexing by supporting it down the sides?
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    just seen what your doing and it starting to convince me to have ago at this. wot model of screen are you using and how will you alter the screen settings if none of the buttons are visable. Another thing that has put me off this mod is how do you reattach the facia to the dash board?

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    yours is slightly angled right? does that help any with glare?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevieg
    I just got back from the auto store and have bought some 'bumper filler' which works on other stuff too but is supposed to bond well with plastic. I'm going to give that a shot first and see if it's upto the job.
    Is that the Isopon bumper filler from the big "H" auto store by any chance stevieg?

    If so, it is working quite well for me so far (1/2 way through adapting a very similar panel mod) and it cures surprisingly hard as well.

    Note of caution though, go easy on the hardner mix and try and keep the job cool or else a couple of minutes after mixing it suddenly turns from a black paste into thick rubber gel over the space of about 10 seconds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevieg
    Does the surround support it from the back to to flexing or do you stop the flexing by supporting it down the sides?
    If you can support the back of the screen against something then that is best. Otherwise build a thin but deep frame around the back of the screen. The more material away from the back of the facia the stiffer. It depends on how your dash is after you cut the hole for the screen. Think about bracing from the very start as it will make fabricating the screen much, much easier if the facia is nice and stiff from the start.

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    Damn! I wish my dash was as easy as the Focus to integrate a screen!! Still sniffing the glue till I can pluck up some courage to attack the dash of the 306.

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