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    I've been thinking about pulling part of the center console off my Accord and replacing it with a custom-built enclosure for my player, and maybe also working out something to mount my head unit at a slight angle so I can see the display better. Now I'm trying to figure out what to build it from, and whether I ought to maybe just have it custom-built by a professional. Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Fiberglass the puppy if you know how.

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    • #3
      here is a link to a custom dash, they did some might fine work on it.

      http://www.alpine1.com/html/m3-demo.htm

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      • #4
        That looks... very... very... EXPENSIVE!
        www.arbybean.com

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        • #5
          I hope to do somethign as nice as that alpine when im done buying parts and start installing, that alpine was probly over 20,000 us just for the labor lol.
          <p align="center"><a href="http://www.mobilemediacentral.com"><img border="0" src="http://www.mobilemediacentral.com/images/logos/mmclogo.jpg" width="171" height="151"></a></p>

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          • #6
            Man... what I wouldn't do if I were rich...

            I had thought of creating a metal frame for the thing and then covering that in plexiglass or something, but I dunno, that kinda screams "steal me" so maybe something more opaque...

            Thankfully, I'm not looking at redoing the entire dash. Rather, there's this molded plastic piece that fits over the stick shift and has a pop-out cup holder thing and whatnot. It just screws on and is totally easy to take off except for the fact that the boot around the stick is glued to it, but that's not too big of a deal.

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            • #7
              it depends on what u want to do with the interior... u say u want to give the Head Unit a slight angle and fit your player... but how extreme u want to go will deterine cost and materials fiberglass would be great. but MDF would also be good... if u decide to do it yourself (very rewarding) u want to draw out as many plans as possible and then form it with cardboard first before u then build the real thing... and it could not hurt to talk to the local installers and see what they recommend design wise and material wise.

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              • #8
                If you want something clean I'd say go with that fiberglass suggestion. I replaced my Bose head unit with an LCD and had the bezel custom made from fiberglass. The part cost around $300 for the bezel (I had it made for me, since I have no experience with fiberglass). That also included having the piece color matched to the rest of the dash. Check around pro install shops in your area, you might find people who do this sort of thing. See my setup at http://24.7.157.64/home.html

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                • #9
                  Well, the thing is, the piece of plastic the head unit is in is a different piece than the one I'm replacing. There's the dash and console, which are basically just one piece, and then there's another piece that tucks in under the console and extends out around the shift lever. I want to replace the second piece and have it go up a bit higher than the current one does. So I was thinking I could extend it all the way up to the top of the slot for the head unit, and then slide the head unit in at a bit of an angle and have it flush with the... okay, I'm going to make a drawing of this...







                  Anyway, the darker pink portion is the existing piece, which I'm going to replace with something of roughly the same dimensions. The lighter pink is part of the replacement. The blue is the LCD, the little grey square is a trackpad or something of the like. The larger circle on the side is a fan, the smaller one is the extended cig lighter. The big brown thing is the dash (which I'm not going to replace). The cutout above the lcd is for the head unit. If you can imagine the head being mounted flush (but at an angle relative to the dash) with the light pink piece and extending back into the dash, that's basically what I'm looking to do. I have a double din slot in the dash, but I'm not sure I can stick things in at angles or not.

                  I was thinking wood might be kind of a pain to try and get all those bends out of and have look nice. But then, I don't know what else would work better. And I have a feeling it would cost me way more than I have to spend to have something made at a fiberglass or plastics shop.

                  Sorry about the length of the post and the large images.

                  [This message has been edited by r0cket- (edited 03-18-2001).]

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                  • #10
                    I was thinking about doing something similar to my dash. My idea was to take the existing center control panel bezel off and creat a piece to fit in place. i also wanted to mount my head unit at an angle and flush in a screen below it and move my HVAC controls. The way i was planning on accomplishing this was too take off the existing plastic piece and cut out the metal 'shelves' inside the hole in the dash. These shelves are waht hols the head unit dash computer thingy and HVAC controls. Then i was planning on making a frame piece out of metal and MDF to screw the head unit and all the other stuf in place. after the frame was built I would use standard fiberglassing procedures to add the curves and smooth lines to the piece. Then I figured i would either sand it smooth and cover it with vinyl or sand it really smooth and paint it. Painting would probably be easier considering the shape but might not look as well considering the rest oif the dash is vinyl.

                    Catlas

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                    • #11
                      *gurgle* thats a nice interior that that link provided

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                      • #12
                        I had considered something like that, but the main problem is that the plastic on the center console extends over into the instrument panel (it's all one piece) so I don't really want to start cutting all that up. I'd also like to keep the car as un-modified as possible in case I ever want to sell it, which is pretty likely. So if I just replace that one piece, I can keep the original around should I want to make the car stock again.

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                        • #13
                          you might want to try your local car junkyards, mix and match center consoles from other cars. you'll be surprised at some of the stuff u find.

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                          • #14
                            This page may help. he has built two custom
                            setups.
                            http://ashleypowers.terrashare.com/

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                            • #15
                              Whenever I get money for a '77 280Z I'm going to try something like that. Actually, I'd do it now, but the ******* insurance company wants another $170 a month to insure one and there's no way I'm paying $300 a month to insure both cars when I'm only going to drive one at a time anyway.

                              Sorry. I hate insurance companies. Biggest damned rip-off ever.

                              Anyway, I'm going to do some more research on this and see what comes of it. If I get anything done on it I'll continue the thread.

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