looks really good!! i like how the display is kinda sunk in-- the less visible the better.
Here is a shot of the dash on my Marauder with the flat panel installed. I have not done the paint and trim yet because I am not happy with how I have it mounted and need to secure it better. The Alpine controller for the media center expander is just below the monitor in the trim.
Ignore the shifter console, LOL.
Day 4 (of the build, not actual time elapsed):
I removed the dash to see how things held up, and to remove everything and prep it for paint. I was surprised by what I found. I immediately noticed that the piece that holds the screen in place was pretty warped, probably from the summer heat. The top of the frame was also pretty warped, but just the top of the frame and not the bottom or the sides. Upon closer examination I discovered that one side of the support piece (H frame) had warped enough to pull out from under the screws. Also, one of the four screws was much smaller than the others. It's not one from the original 669 frame, that's for certain. It may have contributed to the frame slipping out from under the screws, but I can't say for sure. Definitely not a good sign for how well this will hold up.
Luckily I had a 669 modified H-frame (the plastic one available from bybyte, not the new one that uses the original frame and just has a metal bracket screwed to it) so I went ahead and swapped out the whole assembly. I hope it holds up better under the heat than the last frame. After I reassemble the dash I'll wait a week and check things out.
The dash is now prepped for paint. NCS matched the paint for me. I can't say enough good things about those guys - very helpful and they have great prices. I'll be painting this weekend and hopefully I'll have the dash reassembled by Sunday night.
That's it for now. Thanks for reading.
wow, i haven't seen one get that warped before-- it almost looks like you applied a heat gun to it...
I know. Believe me, I was very surprised by it. I hope the one I bought last year holds up better than the ones bybyte sells now. I'll find out in about a week.
Day 4, continued:
Who needs sleep? Not me, apparently. I decided to put two coats on the dash and vent so I don't have to do it tomorrow. I have enough to do on the weekends, and I probably wouldn't get to the carpc project until Sunday if I didn't do it tonight. Anyway, here are a couple of pics of the old dash (top of the pic) and the new dash. The color is pretty darned close, and I'm extremely happy with the paint matching done by NCS.
I'll give the paint at least 24 hours before I reassemble the monitor and dash, and install it in the car.
Thanks for reading.
Looks good. It that a textured finish or smooth? I can't tell from the pic, the camera is too far away.
The plastic is textured, but there's nothing special about the paint (other than it's automotive paint applied with a paint gun).
The dash is painted and reassembled. Before I installed the dash in the car I took a close look at the radio opening to make sure there wasn't a clearance issue. There were four small plastic "wings" (for lack of a better term) that were pretty close to the frame. When driving they might have rubbed/bumped against the frame, causing some of the bends (but definitely wouldn't have anything to do with the H frame pulling out from under the screws), so I cut them out and sanded them completely down. I hope that there won't be any further warping. I'll find out when I take the dash out again in about a week to inspect it, and hopefully I'll be able to wire up my on/off switch and JL Audio CL-RLC volume controller at the same time.
The paint is a dead-on match for the factory dark blue interior. I just can't say enough good things about Jason and the other folks at National Coatings & Supply in Panama City, Florida. They rock!
The next thing to do is prime and paint my wifi antennas. I'll hopefully get to do that sometime today.
Thanks for reading.