2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP
This is my 3rd carputer project. It is for my brother and since he only has 2 days off a week I'm taking my time on it. It's looking great though!
Naturally I forgot to take a before pic so here's a stock photo:
I started out by cutting out the bar that goes between the radio and the HVAC. I then sanded down the indentions on the screen and test fit it. It fit quite well with only a small gap at the bottom. I temporarily attached it with hot glue so I could epoxy it from behind.
The tops lined up really well:
A bit of a gap at the bottom:
Here's the rear with the epoxy:
With the bar gone there were two holes on each side. I applied duct tape on the front then from the rear epoxied the holes.
Here is one, you can see a slight texture from the duct tape:
Here it is sanded:
Here it is after about 5 coats of bondo. I like to do lots of light coats instead of heavy coats with lots of sanding. The last coat is put on with a razor to fill in pin holes. I used my hand to apply a lot of the bondo, I wanted to get a natural looking curve from the dash piece to the screen bezel so it wasn't a harsh edge. It turned out very good but may be hard to see in the photo.
Here are the buttons, I had to be careful about how the bondo smoothed out into them.
The HVAC is going in the center console below the ashtray. I pulled off the factory overlay and used it as a template to cut a blank piece of ABS with the dremel. It turned out extremely well and fit perfect the first time! I've got it epoxied in now, it's just awaiting bondo. (This photo is before the epoxy). - To get the HVAC to fit there I had to use a heat gun to change the angle of the power point which is on the mid-right side of the console.
Here is the dash piece, almost cured. I used black hammered paint. Next step will be a few coats of clear but I want to be sure this has cured before putting the clear on. The only 2 pieces in the car that are the brown color I'm redoing so my brother decided he wanted to go with the dark gray looking paint.
I'll be painting the center console trim with the HVAC the same color and I am going to mold the pop out panel just in front of the HVAC so it looks like one piece. It will house the factory heated seat switch, a volume knob (made up of a few radio shack parts) for the subs and a few USB.
I'd guess that it will be the end of next week when we get done given the amount of time during the week we're not able to spend on it.