I got a little more time this evening to work on a fairly small project.
On a junkyard trip a few years ago, my buddy and I found two of these half-DIN cupholders just sitting on the ground, already removed for us.
I finally got around to using it today
I cut the ash tray out, marked the hole for the cupholder to fit:
Cut it out and test fit.
I decided to flush fit the cupholder, then cut a piece out of a spare console to cover the big gaping hole I'd left over. Cut another hole in teh side and installed the cig lighter socket.
Gotta clean everything up once it dries. It's a good five footer, which is pretty much all it needs to be.
I have no idea if it'll clear the shifter once it's installed. If not I'll scrap it and start again.
Tested out my "new" amp this weekend as well.
And my buddy busted out this big son of a b*tch. Sweet Poison A7000+
No clue why the writing is upside down on this one.
I got the floors fully stripped. There was a little bit of tar left here and there, but I got really tired of doing this part of the project and moved on. Here they are soaking in MetalReady in preparation for the Por-15.
After two coats of Por-15:
In between coats I put in one of the new front window seals and trunk seal from FAW-VW China.
And hit the trunk with some RaamMat BXT (orig)
Can't have a project car without Window Cocks.
I like that FAW-VW China seals. Cause ther're new... Can you give me some link of products that can be ordered?
BTW, I got a little work done a week or so ago on the doors. My goal is to seal them up well, essentially treating the door cavity as a giant speaker box.
I'd originally thought of doing a mix of MDF and aluminum flashing in the lower door opening, but I stumbled upon a rather nice piece of material - it's a composite of thin aluminum sheets with some sort of plastic/rubber material in the middle. I want to use this to seal up the lower door opening and put an adapter ring to mount the speaker essentially where the speaker pod thing is on the stock doors.
So, I took a template of the area to fill using blue painter's tape, a marker, and some patience:
And then transferred it to the material i'm using:
I stopped taking pictures at that point, but basically I trimmed the edges with a razor blade, and used a jigsaw to cut out the piece. It fits great and I should have no problems sealing around it with silicone, but I did run into a problem - the door card no longer fits. The lower portion of the door card (where the vinyl is, and the storage cubby things attaches) is meant to fit into that recess in the metal part of the door. Since I'd covered that up, it would no longer fit.
So.... I cut a big @55 hole in there, and I guess I'll use some fiberglass to recreate it. We'll see. The door cards are in mediocre condition to begin with, so I don't feel terribly bad cutting them up. I'll hopefully have some time to work on it this weekend, and will take some pics of progress and such.
Fixed a burnt fuse holder (4th speed fan switch, so says the intarwebs), pulled the old cheesy amp power wires and leaking grommet, removed as much of the rest of the factory sound deadening schmutz as possilble, and laid down some RaamMat BXT2.
It was hot as ish. Been too busy to get to it otherwise.
That said, I'm hoping to have a week to work on it coming up soon
Got the PM, almost forgot about that seals!
Hope you had fun, Kris. Did you meet my buddy Danny up there?
All of the RaamMat has been laid down as of this past weekend (on floors and firewall bulkhead) and Ensolite over top. Man this stuff really cut down echoes in the car!
The Ensolite conforms to floor contours pretty damn well, and sticks like a champ with the glue Raam provides. I have a few wrinkles, but I'm going to have another layer of padding over top of them, so I'm not worried.
Thanks to Justin for all the help with that!
I really wanted to switch back to the earlier hatch plinth, but I see why my buddy Tim (PO) converted to the later style cover. Old busted KMFDM sticker and some surface rust. Yuck.
Most of the clips for the rear plinth cover thing were pretty borked up, so I replaced them with these rubber compression grommets from Home Despot. There's a threaded insert in the end, and as you screw down they compress around the back to create an anchor and seal as well.
Here's how they sit installed
That's it for now. I'm kinda held up at the moment waiting for the replacement antenna. After that I'll button up the firewall and install the dash.
I've got some padding I'm thinking of using over top of this stuff, just wonder if it's going to be too thick. It was cheap as all get out (and thankfully closed cell unlike the factory stuff) so if it doesn't work I'll rethink it. I'll post more on that later when I get to that part.
Took the day off today, feeling like crap. Got bored sitting still and decided to do a little work in the shop.
Here's part of my parts hoard. Rapid Parts 8v valve cover.
DJ Auto smoked aero headlights. These replace the pitted US sealed-beam lights with H4 european beam pattern lights.
Osram H4's (thanks, Justin)
These are "euro" style headlamp so they have a hole providing for a parking light of sorts. I didn't feel like hooking that up or just leaving the bulb holder in there, so I put a small piece of electrical tape on some silver duct tape (sticky sides together) and placed that over the hole for the parking light.
Then I prepped and added a bead of clear silicone around the sealed edges (these are apparently prone to leaking between the glass and metal).
So yeah, here they are all ready for install
Other than that, nah. I am going to get my buddy Matt to fix the AC.
Cool man, I appreciate it.