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Post by Silverbullet » Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:38 pm

Yeah you're right I should put something on the outside, at least on the backside where it's up against the hard plastic. Trouble is I don't want to make it too thick or it won't fit so perfectly anymore :?

Some more progress today on the box - went and bought some more resin and gave the insides another couple of layers of glass mat to strengthen it some more. Then got the speaker mounting ring about where I wanted it and secured it in mid air with dowels cut to length and hot glue (that stuff sticks amazingly well to polyester fiberglass!) Also while I was out this morning went and found some spandex at the textile shop. I stapled the fabric around the mounting ring and then stretched it over to the edge of the box all the way round and secured it with hot glue again. This gives a nice natural flowing shape to the front side (in theory) Soaking the fabric in resin will turn it into a hard shell, which I can then lay more fiberglass over to finish the box. I'll cut it out inside the mounting ring later.

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This thing is going to look the bomb when it's done! Annoyingly I got some creases in the fabric due to my poor stretching technique - not too much of a drama since it will be glassed over.
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Post by El_Freddo » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:28 pm

So the spandex is just a medium to get the shape of the rest of the box for the for regales to follow?

Awesome way of doing it! With that shape it'll look the bomb I reckon ;)

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Post by Silverbullet » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:45 pm

El_Freddo wrote:So the spandex is just a medium to get the shape of the rest of the box for the for regales to follow?

Awesome way of doing it! With that shape it'll look the bomb I reckon ;)

Cheers

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Yes, the stretchy spandex just helps get a nice flowing shape between the rear shell and the mounting ring to fiberglass over - and the end result is:

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:cool:

This is awesome, can't wait to hear what the whole system sounds like now.
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Post by El_Freddo » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:43 pm

Looks good mate!

I'm currently building an overhead console for a targa top to accommodate a CB radio. I've also been looking at incorporating a set of small speakers at the back of the cab but I reckon it'd be blasting in your ear too much.

It's looking good so far for the primary purpose... time will tell once it's made from marine ply and sprayed for a nice finish colour.

Keep up the good work. I'm sure you'll like the sound of that sub setup!

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Post by Silverbullet » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:44 pm

New molded carpet arrived :cool:

From this website: http://www.all-car-carpets.com.au/ Considering they are made to order, it arrived quite quickly in exactly 1 week.

Custom molded to fit the floor pan of the MY wagon so it should look factory original, just the way I like it :) Has a nice foot pad for the driver sewn in which was a nice surprise. Looks like it should fit nicely, just needs all the holes cut out and trimming to size down the sides which I will do slowly and carefully when I'm fitting it. It's charcoal grey and I think is pretty close to what the head liner is. Interior should look cool with a patch of this color carpet sewn into the door cards, and the two tone black and lighter grey seats :cool:

To anyone asking if I'm worried about getting it dirty when off road - I never planned to do any deep water crossings through muddy bog holes in this car anyway so no I'm not worried :rolleyes: Floor mats all round are obligatory of course, and I'm using closed cell type waterproof carpet underlay.


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Post by El_Freddo » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:26 pm

Looks the same as what we put into the brumby a few years back.

It's wearing well. Some areas where the driver rests their feet are getting furry on the walls but otherwise it's going well after about 5 years I think.

And no water crossings or mud puddles when offroading... That's a good one!!

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Post by Silverbullet » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:48 pm

El_Freddo wrote:Looks the same as what we put into the brumby a few years back.

It's wearing well. Some areas where the driver rests their feet are getting furry on the walls but otherwise it's going well after about 5 years I think.

And no water crossings or mud puddles when offroading... That's a good one!!

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I meant no water crossings through muddy bog holes :rolleyes:

Just water would probably be fine, since the underlay is closed cell/waterproof just the carpet would soak it up and need drying out.

Some progress from this weekend; finished the last mounting point for the passengers front seat, had to get creative with this corner on both seats that's why I put it off and took so long :p Also hooked up/tested all the wiring to all the doors e.g windows, locks and courtesy lights so I could wrap the loom all the way through the cabin. With that done I could finish the sound deadening and start fitting the carpet. It's gone pretty smoothly and the front section is pretty much done with underlay. Having the old mat to mark out the holes would have made life alot easier but that got wet and mouldy years ago :rolleyes: No work on Tuesday so should be able to finish off the rear section and put the front seats back in at least, back seats need re-upholstering to match the fronts.

Fancy looking (but necessary) seat mounts for the rear bolt hole closest to the tranny tunnel.
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How the interior looks after a day and half work on the carpet. Old trim pieces are just there for test fitting, they'll be replaced/repainted to look like the drivers side kick panel.
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Post by Silverbullet » Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:45 pm

A little more progress today - Made some ally mounting brackets for the amp to go under the passengers seat. Had to get it as low as possible to avoid the seat hitting it at full forward position. As it is now there is only 5mm clearance from the lowest part of the seat :eek: But clearance is clearance so I'm happy with that :rolleyes: Also joined up the amps wiring harness with my loom to all the speakers and sub. I've got a fused power line direct from the alt to the amp, all I need now is a head unit to turn it on and I'll be rattling windows in no time 8-)

And again, those Outback seats are seriously comfortable :cool: And they swing so far back one could reasonably comfortably sleep on them if I was ever caught in a pinch.

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Post by El_Freddo » Sun May 28, 2017 9:59 am

Hey SB, how did you fit those outback front seats?

I've got a set of foz seats to fit to the brumby but would like to know how you did it before I try out my way ;)

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Post by El_Freddo » Sun May 28, 2017 10:05 am

Hey SB neat work on the outback seats. Any further details on how you modified the mount points?

I've got a set of foz seats to fit in one of our brumbys and wanted to get further details of how you did yours. Also, how did you weld those tabs without burning holes in the seat's fabric?

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Post by Silverbullet » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:45 pm

El_Freddo wrote:Hey SB neat work on the outback seats. Any further details on how you modified the mount points?

I've got a set of foz seats to fit in one of our brumbys and wanted to get further details of how you did yours. Also, how did you weld those tabs without burning holes in the seat's fabric?

Cheers

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Ahh sorry Bennie didn't see that post until now for some reason :confused:
Further details...details...well what you see in the pics is what I did :rolleyes: 1 out of 4 mount points lined up out of the box (front bolt closest to trans tunnel on each) the other 3 were miles off. Basically make carboard templates, one by one, transfer to 3mm steel plate, cut, weld, fettle, curse, swear etc :mrgreen:

The rear two were the hardest, with the rear one next to trans tunnel the absolute hardest; had to completely remove what was there initially and start from scratch with the bare rail. That part on my seats from the factory was MIG welded, spot welded AND riveted to the seat rail and were a real PITA to get them off. All that fixturing was probably a hint that they weren't supposed to come off :mrgreen: As for welding without burning holes, I have a fire blanket I put over anything sensitive which does a good job of keeping the sparks out. Also have to be wary of cooking the rollers and their grease inside the runner; to this end I put the rail to the opposite end of where I was welding, used spot welds not a continuous run and stopped frequently while spraying with water to keep things cool. Fingers crossed all the runners still seem fine so far.

Also a little update and photo this week - I've had the rear seat parts re-upholstered to *sort of* match the fronts. Looking at the Forrester seats fabric closely the weave is amazingly complex with many flecks of different colors. I.e impossible to match with aftermarket stuff. So I picked black and grey fabrics that were near the mark, I think it will look fine. Also had the back of the back rest covered in the same carpet I've used on the boot floor, so when the seat is folded flat it will look like one continuous boot floor :cool:


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And now to eat nothing but beans on toast for 2 weeks...that rear seat job was a bit pricey! The third most expensive thing I've bought for this car after the paint job and engine in that order.
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Post by Silverbullet » Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:33 pm

Another long overdue update, this time on the inside of the car. I sat in the drivers seat and looked around for something to do, noticing the double DIN mech-less head unit I bought years ago, so long ago that model is now obsolete :oops: It was sitting loosely in the center console, "why don't I mount that up properly" I thought then quickly realized why I'd put it off for so long. There is no semblance of anything existing in the console to bolt the unit to and there were no brackets or anything in the box with the head unit. Also I think I'm missing some original tin work from the dash/center console, as I didn't pull these from the donor cars myself originally. So followed 2 full days of cardboard templates, marking out, cutting, drilling, grinding, folding, welding to get the head unit to slide in and bolt up cleanly. The end goal being to be able to remove the unit without taking the whole center console apart back to the hand brake. In all, 6 unique metal brackets needed to be made. Hopefully if I ever want/need to replace the head unit, the last 2 brackets might be able to bolt straight onto the new head unit.

First bracket to attach the top drivers side mounting point of the center console to the dash.
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Second bracket top passengers side mounting point, center console to dash. This bracket now shares 2 screws with the ignition computer so you can't see all of it. The next set of brackets need to use the holes circled in red.
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Next bracket, passenger side center console to head unit, 3mm steel because I could tap threads into it and it is rigid...and all I had lying around
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That bracket folded and installed
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Repeat for the drivers side, this one was more difficult. 4 of 6 brackets complete!
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Brackets 5 and 6 are the same but mirror image. I had enough thinner material to make these.
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Like this
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And the head unit slides into place! In hindsight it was a bit optimistic for me to think I would get the last mounting holes to line up. On paper it should had but the center console isn't exactly square and parallel. I'll tap some M3 or M4 threads in the 3mm steel bracket, mounting screws from the front. Then I need to make a plastic fascia to clip over the top and hide all the metal work. This is going to be rigid as, no rattling or wobbling.
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And of course all the brackets will be removed again for clean up and paint.

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Post by El_Freddo » Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:17 am

Looking really sweet there SB!

Those brackets are a work of art! What is it that you do again, not fitter and turner by chance?

Once that facia panel is made it’ll look very minty!

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Post by Silverbullet » Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:31 pm

El_Freddo wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:17 am
Those brackets are a work of art! What is it that you do again, not fitter and turner by chance?
Yes, although not for the last 5 years :( I'm hoping to get back into that industry though, between jobs at the moment.

A little update for the last week or so; I finished up the radiator with 2 electric fans which allowed me to start wrapping up the engine wiring loom. Decided to keep the original fan on one side since it has a nice shroud, the fan motor still worked fine and moves a lot of air. This fan will come on automatically with the thermo switch in the radiator as per factory. The other fan is a little 10" SPAL unit, this one comes on with the A/C (both fans with A/C on actually) I was pleased to see my circuit design for the A/C works flawlessly, both fans will cycle on/off with the A/C compressor clutch. Also with A/C on, if the coolant temp goes high enough the main rad fan will still cycle as normal. Another thing I was proud of is the A/C compressor clutch will only come on if the interior fan is running. I remember this whole A/C thing being a PITA to work out, glad it all works as designed.

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Also made yet another bracket to mount the aftermarket power window switches in the original position. This was a big job surprisingly, had to cannibalize the original switch assembly to get the mounting plate out and modify it massively for the new switch assembly.

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Lastly, today I finished up every last wire under the dash which allowed me to pull the whole lot out into the drivers foot well and start wrapping it. With this I can say the wiring loom on the whole car is 100% complete :mrgreen: It's been a long time coming, I remember starting the wiring when I was between jobs the last time :lol: Pics to come, I'm waiting on some special loom tape for the engine bay, will post pics when it is all wrapped and mounted back in place.

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Post by TOONGA » Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:44 pm

looking really good Sam

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Post by El_Freddo » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:21 pm

Those electric window switches while not original, certainly don’t look ultra modern and out of place in the console!

Did you retain the auto up function of the power windows for the driver’s window? I’d like to work out how to mod my system in the brumby (yet to fully install) to auto up and down the passenger’s window too.

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