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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbean_phillip View Post
    . . . Let me know what you all think - this is very rough still, and need a few hours more before primer will go on.
    I think it's a masterful piece of craftsmanship, and I'd be proud to put that in my car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdholtz View Post
    I think it's a masterful piece of craftsmanship, and I'd be proud to put that in my car.
    I say think so too. I wish I had the ability to do stuff like that. I am getting better with wood working, but now that I have finished it all, there isnt anything for me to do

    As far the fiber glassing, I have had Nexson do my bezel. I have a ton of other projects, but he doesnt seem to have time for them. I guess maybe I should try to learn how to do it?
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    Heya guys, you're to kind :flowers:

    But, all truth be told, I enjoyed prepping this one, all ready to go to the painters - I've just dropped it of for a professional spray-job, and the bloke at the panelbeaters was pretty impressed with how smooth I managed to get everything.

    He said it will be a case of sprying on the adhesion promoter (for plastics), then prime, sand with 600, and then 2 or 3 coats lightning strike silver gloss - same as my UTE.

    Should have it by Friday, and I'm hoping it's going to look pro - as it's costing 150-180 AUD for the paintjob, as the bezel's pretty complex.

    Will feedback later, in the meantime I'm making good progress on the cupholder - which will now hold the stainless steel industrial trackball
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    Hello Everyone,
    Well, it's 04h00 in Melbourne - we had a scorcher yesterday, with the temp hovering on 43 deg Celsius - and it is still only below 30deg C - damn, me can no sleepy

    So, small update instead:

    Ages ago, I've managed to win this very neat industrial stainless steel trackball/mouse on Ebay - if memory serves, I think I paid a total of $39 AUD including shipping - what a nice bargain. It is pretty heavy, I would estimate close to 1kg - maybe slightly less, 850grams or so.

    The reason I need this as a controller - well, as you know from reading some of my earlier comments, I hate fingerprints all over an LCD, and would therefore not use a touchscreen. Another good reason is the additional glare introduced when adding this layer in fron of your LCD panel - no use having a very expensive transflective panel just to negate all the benefits with a touchscreen.

    So, here we are - this will be used in conjunction with my dual-rotary encoder and Ultimarc U-HID device, to ease navigating around Centrafuse, and other applications in general should I so wish. I also have a Logitech Dinovo mini.......



    Anyway, thos efamiliar with the high-end Falcons here in Land Down Under will know that they come with a cupholder with a spring-loaded lid - I have somewhat modified mine (ok, it's a spare one I had) to accommodate this mouse.

    Had to glue the parts together firmly (here I could use ABS/Acetone) as it worked pretty well - the cupholder is some exotic mixture of plastics, so I had to use some bondo after, and a bit of spot-putty - looking good - at least to me it does, from where I started....



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    Below, just a few shots of the prelimanary fitting of the mouse - I should be able to finish this off on the weekend (after getting my fascia from painting-house) and drop it off with them on Monday next.



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    For those that don't know, this cupholder is very conveniently located between the gearlever on my ZF 6-speed, and the console lid - so, if I rest my arm (normal driving position) on the console-lid, my hand naturally is located on the trackball.

    I will take a few pics on the weekend with it test-fitted (and before painting) to show what I mean.

    Feedback/critisism as always welcome.

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    Fascia/Bezel painted! Wow....

    Hello Guys,
    Well, I'm a happy man. After lots of effort, thinking, skimming and planning, my fascia for the UTE is ready!

    What made this particular bezel so difficult to mod to fit my 8.4" LCD is simply it's not ABS, nor any (other) friendly engineering plastic that will take the normal glue/acetone/plastic welding that is the standard nowadays.

    I have received it back from the Paintshop, and the result is amazing - also, I had them paint it in the exact same high-gloss enamel as my UTE's exterior, as opposed to the (money-saving) cheaper matt-finished factory silver unit - the result is a much more durable/tougher finish, and will not simply wash-off if you apply a little acetone, like the factory paintjob did.

    Before I post a few pics, just 2 shots of how my LCD is fitted to a custom frame I made for the bare NEC LCD panel I picked up a while back - it's transflective, industrial quality, and very good, and the best size you can possibly fit to the Ford Falcon fascia while retaining good OEM-finish appearance. I did fit a 10.4" earlier, but the end result was crappy, flimsy, and non-transflective.

    So, I got the 8.4" and made a custom frame, and very good mounting system - I can remove it in uder a minute, and refit in the same time - and you can literally rip the bezel apart, but you won't dislodge the LCD

    Good, and much better than those hot-glued rush-jobs - yes, sometimes there's no other option, but still.....

    Here you go:



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    And now, a few shots of the fascia, completely bare, then with buttons fitted, and finally with LCD bolted in place - please don't think the "artifacts" defects - with the high-gloss finish, light is playing all sorts of tricks from reflections et al - this bezel is the best I've seen yet on any modded Falcon fascia.



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    Now, next is a few with the 2 button-panel boards and buttons fitted, as in the default factory config:



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    and then next, a last one showing the LCD snug and cosey:



    Be honest in your feedback and critisism, do you guys reckon this looks OEM, or not? In real life, it looks stunning, with very little (highly invisible) defects - the finish is actually better than my OEM unit, and has to be seen in real life to be appreciated.

    I may attempt another one down the line, maybe with a 12.1" transflective in portrait mode, and that will be after I complete the AVR micro that will then replace the Interior Command Center (ICC) unit, and free up that space for the carputer and LVDS-connected LCD.

    Let's see how it goes.

    Next to follow, will be finalizing preparation of the "cupholder-turned-mouse-holder" and having it painted early next week.

    Feedback appreciated!

    Kind regards,
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    Just a comparison shot with the original, and new fascias. Please do not worry about the small bits of LCD aluminium frame sticking out - I will properly center the LCD in the fascia, and those bits will be modified slightly too!

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    Looks perfect. i don,t even notice the small bits of aluminum. I see you had to delete the A/C vents. Don't you need all the A/C vents you can get, being in Australia?
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    Very nice work there -- a much nicer design than the OEM bezel, and very much OEM quality.

    You were working with odd material; what did you end up using for adhesive, and what did you use for paint?
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    Beanie,

    That is just **** hot!!! It looks beter than factory. The time and effort you have put in certainly has paid off. You should be extremely proud of your work. I hope to one day see it in person if I am ever in Melbourne.
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    Heya Guys,
    Thanx for your kind words, it is appreciated - makes projects (and sacrifices) like this worthwhile :flowers:

    @ ZX1Cruizer: The vents on both sides of the cabin is pretty ample, and we don't generally have that long summers down in Melbourne. If there's a need, I will fit vetns directly to the dashboard immediately next to the fascia - you get some cars with these long vertical ones.......will work nicely.

    @ rdholtz: I used balsa wood glued to the plastic with cyanoacrylate (super) glue, which works really well if applied properly - I made sure the surface areas glued are pretty big, and to further strengthen the setup, I've poured fiberglass resin into most of the cavities, which adds significantly to the overall rigidity.

    We used an plastic adhesion promoter and primer, and Standox ligtning strike silver for the top coat(s).

    @ meddler: Hey, you're most welcome to pop in and have a look-see. It came prety nice, and just the result I was after. There was a lot of despair though, as this was a pretty tough proposition with this damn plastic
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