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Old 7th December 2017, 08:45 PM   #441
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Re: Mark's GT-R Build

With the shifter area of the console outlined, I wanted to add the rear portion and have it go back to the area of the original console that started to turn upward. Going this far back also hides all of the wires and shifter cables under the new portion of the console. I made the top portion of the console around the shifter 7.5 inches in length, then made the rear portion of the console 18 inches in length.

To complete the console there will be four sections that will need to be fiber glassed together, then the sides of the console will need to have added vertical height to meet, and even overlap the original console. To achieve the fiber glass junctions in a precise way, I made a "mold box" the I can position the cut and trimmed sections of the of the removed section of the original console, and hold these pieces in place to add the fiber glass junctions.

The interior of this box is the exact width of the console. A "floor" was made that is 7.5 inches in length of match the fiber glass section of the original piece of the console that I made. An 18 inch section of "floor" was added to the box that is at the correct angle to allow the second piece of console to meet the shifter section and end up meeting the uncut portion of the original console at the back. The fiberglass sections were then cut to approximate each other, placed in the mold box and glassed together.

It fit rather well when put back in the car.

This is just the start of the process that will allow me to add two more sections to the area ahead of the shifter, then I will add vertical height to the sides where needed, all using the mold box to assure a stable proximity to the pieces to be joined. All of the junctions will be refined with body filler and sanded, to have a "one piece" look.

When it is all done, I should have a complete, one piece console that will overlay the edges of the original console. As for attaching this new console, I am thinking of making a few support posts around the shifter base, then using Velcro at all of the contact points to avoid having to use screws in such a visible area. (again, sorry about the rotation issues with the photos.)
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Old 8th December 2017, 05:38 PM   #442
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Continuing with the fabrication of the console, section three will be the piece just forward of the shifter. It is a compromise having the shifter so close to the vertical portion of the dash, but I had no choice because I changed to the Audi shifter after designing the dash layout.

The vertical section of the console, section three, is 7 inches in length. Measuring the angle between the top of the console and the new section three, then transferring that angle to the mold box allowed for the proper angle to hold the sections in a stable position. The sides of each section needed to be cut at the proper angle to minimize the gap between the sections to be joined. Fiber glassing the sections together is really easy when there is a minimal gap between the sections.

One more section to add in front of section three, then add the sides going down past the level I cut out from the console area of the tub originally and the console will have the needed shape.
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Old 9th December 2017, 08:10 PM   #443
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Again, continuing with the console, I added section 4 to the area between the shifter and the vertical addition to the dash housing the audio system. This area was 5 inches in length. Similar to the other sections, I took the angle between the vertical section three and the newly added section four and transferred it to the "mold Box" and attached it with fiber glass.

The angle required that there be a rather large void on the sides of this area, but I will take care of the next.

While the console was in the car, I sat in it and found the console to be REALLY COMFORTABLE as an arm rest.
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Old 9th December 2017, 08:16 PM   #444
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I should call this console Frankenstein because I am grafting pieces for all over the place to get it to come together.

I needed to add to the sides of the console made up to this point to get overlap with the original cut in the console of the tub. Using the Mold Box, I added flat pieces, puzzling them in place, to get the final shape needed. Again, fiber glassing all of the pieces together worked out well.

After removing it from the mold, I started with body filler to blend the seams. I have a little more to do to finish that aspect.

This fits like a glove, but I will make some support posts and attach with Velcro.
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Old 9th December 2017, 08:22 PM   #445
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The guys building race cars are going to be aghast, but the street car guys will appreciate this. I coated with inner aspect of the doors with Second Skin Audio Spectrum, then added Luxury Liner Pro to the entire inside surfaces of the door.

The doors went from being, basically, fiber glass drums, being SOLID SOUNDING, BENTLEY - LIKE doors. It was incredible the difference this made. I know it adds weight, but IT WAS REALLY WORTH IT. Quality door feel and no noise transfer.
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Old 10th December 2017, 10:22 AM   #446
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A big "THANKS" goes out to Ron McCall for spending the time and the energy to have the bumper developed and made available to us. For me, in building a street car, the bumper is a great addition to the finished look of the car.
My pleasure Mark. I originally went through the hassle so that I could have one for my car as well as the car that I'm building for a customer. It was a bonus that builders like you can benefit as well.

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Old 11th December 2017, 08:10 PM   #447
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I was able to get the console sanded, trimmed and back in the car. Fits great!

Starting to work on some brackets to hold it in place. Once I get those done, I will trim the hole for the shifter gate plate.
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Old 11th December 2017, 08:12 PM   #448
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Still working on some remaining wiring. I decided to put a battery fed block and an ignition fed block in the rear of the car to handle any light switches, etc. that I might add.
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Old 12th December 2017, 11:14 PM   #449
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In making the bracket for stabilizing the console, I wanted vertical adjustability to idealize the junction between the shifter gate plate and the console. I plan to use Velcro to attach the console to this bracket.

The bracket worked great. So well, in fact, that I went from having the console be on top of the gate plate to having them be at the same height. With vertical and lateral adjustments, I can get the console aligned ideally with the gate plate.
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Old 12th December 2017, 11:20 PM   #450
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In designing the A/C manifold, I do not want to have to use a control valve to select between A/C and defrost. These valves are complex and I just do not want to do it. As an alternative, I have opted to have two outlets on each side of the dash, one in the traditional location and the other on top of the dash. I will have them all open and facing the cockpit when I want A/C and I will direct the vent on top of the dash towards the windshield and close the conventional vent when I want defrost. I live in Florida, so defrost is not going to be used much, if ever.
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Old 13th December 2017, 12:06 AM   #451
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Good idea Mark, I had planned for similar. The defrost vents on the SLC don’t seem to be the most efficient way to handle air flow.
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Old 14th December 2017, 08:57 AM   #452
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I will be traveling for a month, so the car is on hold until mid January. I enjoy spending time with my children and my grand children.
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