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Re: Progress on the "Fish Out of Water"
Leakbox #776131 May 15th 2021 12:05 pm
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I also mocked up a test panel to try my luck at vinyl wrapping before deciding if I am going to try and tackle an actual one. I used "chipboard" in an attempt to cover up the spring clips, as a pro told me that they would show through blatantly if I didn't do something. I learned a lot, and am going to incorporate some things before I move on to the true panel. One thing I still may attempt is laying the thin padding foam down first, as I still like the idea of a "padded" door. That will probably entail pulling all the current stuff off and starting bare again. One thing that definitely needs to happen is filling in around the parallelograms with bondo; trying to get the vinyl to tuck down around corners and into sharp areas was not working. I will also be much more careful and accurate when I cut the chip board so it matches up to the shapes. One thing that also has me concerned is that I MAY have put the upper details too close and the arm rests will hit them. I would not be saying MAY at this point, but I can't FIND the damn things to actually try them, so today I am going to scour all my nooks and bins and see if I can't find them to check. Of course, I can't find replacements for sale anywhere even if I DON'T find the old ones.....

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Re: Progress on the "Fish Out of Water"
Leakbox #776138 May 15th 2021 12:54 pm
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Looks bitchin' man, everything is coming together so nice.


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Re: Progress on the "Fish Out of Water"
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Nice work as usual. That JL amp is a nice piece. That was my go to amp back in the day; Before that the Old School Rockford and Old School PPI amps. chevy

Re: Progress on the "Fish Out of Water"
Leakbox #776169 May 15th 2021 9:18 pm
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Re: Progress on the "Fish Out of Water"
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I went and picked up a bundle of chipboard from our local paper product factory, and set to work on some layouts. I got an upper panel overlay laid out, as well as finalized the bondo work on the highlights. My aluminum speaker grill mesh showed up so I cut out the circles for them and did a quick check fit. I also saw that there was a '78 in a yard about 30 miles away, so I took off with tools in the trunk. I took the doors apart and snagged the window glass, as I think they both looked scratch free. I took off the entire slider hinge assembly and dragged that home as well. The forward casting OBVIOUSLY was a no-go, but for the first time EVER, between both myself and my bay area hunter, I found an assembly that, after cleaning, had BOTH cam levers INTACT. Now I will try to lay out the tons of parts I have and hopefully get a working assembly. I am not overly optimistic yet, but we shall see. I did pull the arm rests from the doors, but they are not the same as mine.....I'm still afraid that my details will interfere with them; maybe it is time to go CUSTOM in some way....

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UPPER PANEL ALL BOARDS FIT.JPG (256.71 KB, 61 downloads)
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Re: Progress on the "Fish Out of Water"
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Nice choice on the Speaker Grill. chevy

Re: Progress on the "Fish Out of Water"
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Yeah, the slots in the speaker grill material compliment the lines of the panels really nicely.


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Re: Progress on the "Fish Out of Water"
Leakbox #776269 May 17th 2021 11:34 am
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That looks amazing!!!!!


Re: Progress on the "Fish Out of Water"
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I polished them with some Mother's and then shot them with a rattle can of clear.

Re: Progress on the "Fish Out of Water"
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Well despite the significant drama at my "chosen" shop, I WAS able to get the doghouse back. I opted for the "wrap the insert" option. Although it does fill up my recess a fair amount, I think it was the right decision. Now I am cutting the carpet inserts to the right curve and laying out the copper rivet patterns I will use to hold the aluminum strips in place.

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