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    2000 Blazer

    Started work on moving dash components down to the center console piece on the floor.
    Last night I got all of the fabric for the fiberglass base in place, and built the aluminum holder for the head unit, and put the heating control faceplate into place. Also cut apart the circuit boards on the heating control unit so it would fit in the console. Then I took cat5, cat5 patch cables and rj45 jacks to extend the wiring down from the original dash location, where the primary circuit board still is.
    Today I'm going to start fiberglassing the console, and then bondo-ing the monitor face piece into the back of the dash piece.
    I might also try to organize some cabling in the car so it is more intuitive.

    Pictures of before, and during installation are here:
    http://www.picturetrail.com/CouchesFeelTasty

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    Hey thats starting to look good. Take lots of pics too espically on modding your HVAC to fit down there and extending the cables as I plan on doing something similar in my blazer. Good luck.

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    Well, I got it all fiberglassed today. I mounted the cd burner drive in the dash too. Also organized the huge cable mess so it's all nice and clean. Now I justh ave to sand, put body filler on, bondo up, sand some more, prime, and paint. Then it's all set to go. I'm getting some cracking along the seem of the monitor and dash board piece where I just used bondo putty.... so I think I should use some resin jelly or something to harden the **** out of it, lol.
    I'll take some pics tomorrow as well.
    Feeling a little light headed from the fumes... haah. I probably would be passed out if it wasn't for the mask, though. lol.

    Lol, this is the first time I've ever fiberglassed, or anything close to it. haha.... damn highschool to get in the way of fun things like this! lol. I wish we had classes to teach body work or something like this electronics related fields. Our highschool is uber gay. Only a couple more weeks. But anyway, ya... I hope I'm doing the fiberglassing right. I watched the Alpine tutorial of their center drive civic, and read all the posts about it on this site. But ya never know if you miss some tiny detail. I think it'll be okay though.

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    Got some more done on it. Updated pictures. Organized cables etc. Puttied the tiny pinholes and such (the red polka-dots lol).
    http://www.picturetrail.com/couchesfeeltasty

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    What did you use to mount that DVDROM? Looks good so far.
    Pioneer DEH7600MP, Autotek MX-800.4, JL Audio XR650-CSi, Adire Audio Shiva

    Done with CarPCs, using a iPaq 3765 PDA w/ Holux GM210 and TomTom

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    I bought some aluminum from lowes and bent it to the right shape, then screwed it onto the old head unit support bar in the back with a self tapping screw. It sat nice and solid in the frame, and then just to make sure it didn't move at ALL I put a piece of electrical tape on the edges to secure the front of it in the exactly correct position for the dash piece. It has to be in a specific position down to 1/32 of an inch, or else it will look awkward and bad.

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    Damnit. Lol. My head unit angle was off just a little bit, so now I have to cut the top off the bottom console part and tilt it upward. So gay, the damn thing didn't clear the floor by about 1/4 of an inch. GAY! lol. Keep doing till ya do it right! Right? lol. I think I'm also going to unmount the monitor from the dash piece because I don't like that weight being held up by bondo, which won't even adhere to plastic that well anyway. SO, I'm going to remove the main monitor part, mount it into the double din space in the right position, then sand down a beveled edge on the dash piece that would fit over the front of the monitor so it can be removed easily and the monitor would be well supported by legitimate anchorings. Well, I learned some lessons this time around. Now it's time to fix some... "miscalculations" lol. Life is a lesson. Don't have time to do anything for a few days though. Too much homework and work. Maybe The end of the weekend or monday I'll start something again.

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    Well, I ripped out the monitor, sanded it down and repainted it black. Don't have new pics yet, but I will in a few hours. Also mounted the monitor into the dash with some aluminum I bent into brackets and use the existing mounting screw holes in the dash. Also sanded down the dash piece into a beveled edge that would sit on top of the monitor face edges and painted black as well. Will paint it today and finish the dash piece up so I can put it back into place.
    I bought some sheet steel yesterday as well. I just wanted a thin piece of rigid material to apply a true-flat fiberglass shape to the top of the lower console. I'm going to brush some model paint around the heating control face plate as well, so it looks consistent. I had to re-do the lower console because the headunit was at the wrong angle and touched the floor, which I didn't want to happen. I also wanted to clean up the contours somewhat. Haha, seeing as it was my first time fiberglassing there are a few things I want to do differently this time around. Put some new tail lights on the car too. Pretty cool looking. Well.... until later.

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    Got the monitor mounted, and the dash piece done. Now all I have left is to get the center console redone. Some pics at the very end of the "more work on carputer" section.
    http://www.picturetrail.com/couchesfeeltasty

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    Welp... tore off the rest of the fiberglass **** I did before, and sanded it all off with fricken 50. Oh it feels good to take out the anger on stupid *** fiberglass. rrr.. but ya, I cut out more of the console top piece, sanded it all square, then mounted the headunit support, and the hvac control unit, uber-glued it, and tomorrow I'm going to start some fiberglassing, possibly. Have gay finals Friday... so dunno if I'll do it. I might just sleep instead... lmao. I'm such a pile of poo, I know . Also found the other damn led holder for the hd activity led.... I hate it when I put things places that are logical to be found and in an organized manner, and I never think to look in those places because I figure I would not be so organized.... Sometimes--- most of the time-- I can be a retard.
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