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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    if you don't do the sub, it should be fairly straight forward. With the sub though, you're talking a whole nother ball game. You've got to build support to hold it there, build an enclosure for it to play in and keep the depth of a sub in mind. An 8" might be feasible, a 10" will take a LOT of work.

    Have you taken the door skin off to see what the frame of the door looks like to see how much room you have to work with back there?

    I'm curious, what kind of a show car are you building? Things like this aren't exactly taken on by newbies to fabrication and expected to turn out looking good.

    This requires much more than just fiberglass fwiw.
    An 8 inch is what I was thinking about. I removed the door skin last night right after I took the picture, I should have taken a picture of that! But there is a good amount of clearance, and if anything there is room for me to extend the speakers out If I have to.

    I've already done some research and gone through many progress pictures and final shots of people who have done similar to get an idea of the process and how its done.

    But I'm doing the things I know I can do. Something like fiberglassing my dashboard I wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole, but its easy to replace a door panel if you screw up, a dash is a whole different story. It will get done, just far from now.

    I don't even know what kind of show car this will be, I didnt think there was more than one type =P

    For now though I just thought I'd experment and screw around a bit just to see if I can really do it. I had fun doing my trunk and I figured why not do the doors, it should be fun too.

    As far as materials go, I'd need the resin, putty and bondoglass wouldnt i?
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    Red is right...try something more simple first. my first time doing anything with fiberglass was a set of custom kick panels to house a 4 way 6.5" in my front doors...not so easy that it wasn't a challenge but not difficult so much as to get frusterated. they came out great and i'm glad i did it..just take your time and don't cut corners...a full door would probably be too much for a first timer without anyone right there helping. good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curry
    I don't even know what kind of show car this will be, I didnt think there was more than one type =P
    If it's the 94 camry in your sig, it's going to take a LOT of work to be a show stopper, which i'm gathering you are going for since you're going for doors this crazy.

    Car show show car or Car Audio show car? demo vehicle or pimp my ride type show car?

    For now though I just thought I'd experment and screw around a bit just to see if I can really do it. I had fun doing my trunk and I figured why not do the doors, it should be fun too.
    go for it then. Have fun and be sure to post pictures.

    As far as materials go, I'd need the resin, putty and bondoglass wouldnt i?
    that's what I'm talking about. that's a typical newbie mind set to fiberglass...I mean, that's all there is to this stuff, isn't it?!

    No...there's a ****E load more to it. To do it properly you're going to want to look into professional body materials for starters.

    Every heard of kitty hair or Duraglass or dynaglass? Just a tip of the iceberg.
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    Yes it is the 94' camry in my sig.

    It will take lots of work, but I'm sure we can make it work.

    Aside from the from my crazy doors I have plans to mount 4 10 inch subs in my rear deck.

    My center armrest/console ill be adding a screen at the back end of it, so it faces the rear seats.

    I'm getting rid of that 700 IDT and fabbing in a xenarc 7 inch and moving the headunit into the glovebox.

    And I've got to get my sunvisors LCD's finished.


    Car show show car or Car Audio show car? demo vehicle or pimp my ride type show car?
    Car show show car but it could go in the direction of demo vehicle or pimp my ride style.


    that's what I'm talking about. that's a typical newbie mind set to fiberglass...I mean, that's all there is to this stuff, isn't it?!
    I've heard of those yes, the reason i assumed that was all is becuase 90% of the installs I looked at used those materials. The rest just didnt list materials. but yes I have heard of those materials. I'm looking up info on it now.
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    most people don't go into depth and list that stuff.....but most any hard core installer knows that it will make their lives easier.
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    yea not to mention the masking tape, paintbrushes (cheap as u can find, youll have to throw them away after every layer of glass, disposable gloves, something to mix resin in and stir it with (again, probably something disposable so u h ave a fresh one for each layer), plastic wrap to make molds not stick to fresh glass (or tin foil, it's all preference here), some kind of cleaner for the resin to get it off yourself, sandpaper (several grit counts), power sander (or it's gunna take wayyyy longer), rags, fleece, scissors (fiberglass will ruin them) glass cloth or mat, the list goes on. don't let resin touch anything you don't want it to be on forever. if it hits your carpet it'll never come out fully. don't buy quarts of resin, buy gallons. you can save some more $$ getting it from a boating supply store. plan on spending a lot of time and money on custom fiberglass workand i didn't even mention body filler stuff...

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    boat supply stores or auto body supply shops...

    5 gallon jugs at this point....lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    most people don't go into depth and list that stuff.....but most any hard core installer knows that it will make their lives easier.
    I've got an entire excel sheet filled with info.

    I broke the install down into pieces, listed tools and materials with sizes of everything I need prices and the original sketches and photos of each area.

    Then I have another sheet just filled with ideas and a folder filled with weblinks to fiberglassing/fabrication info, other peoples installs and other peoples progress shots. I plan 10 times before I do anything, its a habit. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curry
    Aside from the from my crazy doors I have plans to mount 4 10 inch subs in my rear deck.
    You could probably just use a set of PC speakers for this project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjs3350
    yea not to mention the masking tape, paintbrushes (cheap as u can find, youll have to throw them away after every layer of glass, disposable gloves, something to mix resin in and stir it with (again, probably something disposable so u h ave a fresh one for each layer), plastic wrap to make molds not stick to fresh glass (or tin foil, it's all preference here), some kind of cleaner for the resin to get it off yourself, sandpaper (several grit counts), power sander (or it's gunna take wayyyy longer), rags, fleece, scissors (fiberglass will ruin them) glass cloth or mat, the list goes on. don't let resin touch anything you don't want it to be on forever. if it hits your carpet it'll never come out fully. don't buy quarts of resin, buy gallons. you can save some more $$ getting it from a boating supply store. plan on spending a lot of time and money on custom fiberglass workand i didn't even mention body filler stuff...
    Masking tape = Check
    Paint brushes = 12 pack from home depot $1.80
    Disposable Glove = free from my job =P
    I've got this soap that cleans the resin off really quick its from gojo.
    Power sander my dad has
    My grandfather runs a fabric shop lol
    My friend works out in LI at a boat shop that carries resin.

    I may be getting a job at home depot for a little while so maybe ill get a discount on whatever else I'll need lol.
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