The project is moving forward quite well, I thought I should update on my progress.
I have revised my original plan of mounting the amps behind the rear seat. This change was mainly caused by the fact that I could not get the required air space for the sub box to fit in a front seat console plus leave room for the carputer, etc.
So the board held an emergency meeting and all of the members (I) decided the console would get extended back to the rear seat. That opened up new possibilites for amp mounting and left me with the factory storage space behind the back seat which is great. The rear middle seat is seldom used but could still be used in a pinch. The persons legs would have to swing left or right.
I did not want to create an MDF box for the console, I wanted to do a console primarily from fiberglass so a 1x1 pine frame/ fabric skeleton fit the bill.
I did want the deep solid sound of an MDF box for the sub woofer though as well as the ability to rebuild the sub box to accommodate a different driver so a hybrid design of both a MDF sub box inside a Fiberglass console seemed to make sense.
I have not seen any examples to other people combining the 2 design/build techniques so I really have no way of knowing whether I can achieve a great look & sound from it but I guess that's what the challenge will be.
The pine 1x1 structure for the front section of the console
The separate Sub Box built from 3/4" MDF housing a 12" RD Sonance driver (this is a very good SQ sub but can still make your head hurt). I achieved approx. 1.5 ft of unloaded air space in this box which should be perfect. Unfortunately the box had to widen by 1.5" at the back in order to accommodate the 12" sub. This will present clearance problems as you will see later for the amps.
Here is the sub box integrated into the console. It is not attached in any way and only has a fraction of an inch clearance on each side of the console frame.
Amp clearance for the 2 main amps is very tight with relation to the front seats. They had to be mounted "randomly" on an angle to fit so I will have to work with that "theme" as I finish it off. The 2 smaller amps and processor will be buried.
The rear of the console will tie into the under rear seat compartment.
Under the rear seat will house a 1500watt inverter and all of the distribution blocks & heavy Gage wiring. Both of the large amps will have their power connections pointed towards the rear and all low level inputs pointed towards the front into the console. This should help minimize noise.
That's it for now. I am currently working on flushing the distro blocks into the panel under the rear seat then I will go back to working on the main console.