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ok,so in my quest to have a WAY different but perfectly functional car,i am now building a new dash,it will have a brow over my guages,heat/air vents at each end and dead center above the radio,have a drop down to house my selecter for the hot-cold,speed,and air direction.i started with 2 big blocks of potters foam from hobby lobby made a section as wide as the interior then made the brow above the guage location a dropt section for the a/c controls then rounded all my edges smoothed all the foam out flat then coverd it all in foil and hit it with the "glass" let it cure and trimmed it all up,i think i like it so far,i have about $45 in it,and now i need to do a nuther lyer of fiber cloth and resin,then cut my guage,vent,glove box,radio,and control holes then glass some studs in and mount it....it dont look like much now but i'll go ahead and post some pics tomaro.it still needs ALOT of sanding....anyone ever done anything like this ? have pics ?

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Sounds cool! Can't wait to see those pics!


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I have been wanting to experiment with some fiberglass my self. I hope it turns out nice...and i as well are excited to see those pictures

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dont look like much rite now but i have along way to go with more glass and cloth i need to work on the bottem where i had to do some "afterglass" triming,then sand it smooth and paint it.

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That looks like quite the endeavor. Good luck, can't wait to see how it goes.


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Alians are here ... Smile

? do you know how to mke a fiberglass mold? Is this what your making or the actual part?

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dont look like much rite now but i have along way to go with more glass and cloth i need to work on the bottem where i had to do some "afterglass" triming,then sand it smooth and paint it.


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This is his actual dash he used the potters foam (that green stuff that flakes all over the place Smile ) sorry meangreen not tryin to speak for you

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no prob J/B and yea this is the actual part,it looks like $hit cuz the only resin i could find was old OLD bondo brand,this is only one layer of fiber cloth then i took it off of the mold to trim and moddify the things i didn like fiberglass will warp if u aint real careful so thats where the triming comes in,releaf cuts and such....now i have smoothed the front out and i like the way things are lookn...now i will glass some cedar slats in for bracing.

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here is where i am at so far,i sprayed some primer on and marked out where everything will be b4 i went any farther.

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Wow, amazing amount of progress in a day!


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amazing how much sanding time a flap disk on a die grinder can save you....if i have the tools suplies nuthn ever takes me to long to do... besides i enjoy stuff like this.

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any idea's on what color i should paint my dash ? i was thinking painting a carbon fiber effect with a candy red over it.i have a lot of work ahead of me with stripping the tiburon of its a/c system then putn it in the bug,anybody ever try a project like this ?

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I like the carbon candy idea that sounds like it would look sick. Its comin along really nice. I think im gonna fiberglass an amp mount in the back where the seat used to be.

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I been reading on proffesional fiberglassing, i got some sick tutorials saved.

Im gonna attempt my own fiberglass dash and console!


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i dont know why but alot of the ppl i have talkd to hate doin fiberglass but i really like it cuz u can do some really triky stuff with it like my dash for instance i dont have much time or money in it and it fits what i wanted....i really think i am guna go with the candy red carbon on the dash,console,and parts of the door panels.and i am thinking about building an overhead console to how'z some switches or a cell phone cubby hole.

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