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post #76 of 465 Old 12-05-2013, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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And, I finished up the "A" pillar dual gauge pod fab as well.
It's basically 2 generic "A" pillar gauge pods mounted to the "A" pillar trim and,
molded into the trim with plastic weld and epoxy.
Then painted with Textured spray cans.

First, I attached the pods to the pillar trim with screws.
Then cut or grinded the heads off of them(Note this actually melted the plastic of the trim around the bolt)
Not a bad thing. Now the blots are perfectly formed to the plastic(or the plastic is formed to them)lol
I also cut off the end of the screws on the inside of the trim.
Now they're just reinforcement "beams" if you will.

Here's some of the early pics from when I began.
I lost a whole bunch of pics I had but, you'll see how I marked under the pods to cut:




And, here's a few early pics after the first shot of plastic weld went on.
I screwed through it after it dried to prevent flexing.







Drilled a hole in the pod for the factory trim screw into the "A" pillar ^

This was a LONG, DRAWN-OUT process that took me FOREVER.
The main reason is that the Plastic weld or epoxy must dry completely before it can be sanded.
So, here's some pics of the process:


















I would apply the epoxy, allow it to dry then primer the part.
When the primer dried, I would sand where necessary and,
apply more epoxy:






This process went on endlessly.
I wanted it to look like it came this way!




Finally, when it was done to my satisfaction, I began painting it dark gray with
textured paint from Rust-oleum:


And, here's what I ended up with:








Hope that covers it well enough.
Getting a pic of the entire "A" pillar trim is tough with my cell phone camera and,
it's all I've got.

I'll be painting all of the interior parts like this but,
this is the only one I needed to modify(THANK GOD!)
Surprisingly enough, this paint I'm using just happens to MATCH(nearly perfectly)
the color of the dash pad.
So, I think it'll be pretty SCHWEET looking when done.

Stay tuned!

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re: 1987 GLHS#0896 Project log

wow this is awesome..im going to use this as my encyclopedia of how to do things if i ever decide to make my car cool looking!!! way to go!
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wow this is awesome..im going to use this as my encyclopedia of how to do things if i ever decide to make my car cool looking!!! way to go!
Thanks Asa!
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re: 1987 GLHS#0896 Project log

Hey dude thats really nice! The only reason I didnt use pillar pods is the daytona pillar pod that is pre-made is hideous. it doesnt really fit that great and I just couldnt have that in my perfect interior lol

I guess I could use this method to modify my a-pillar with the pillar pod I got from Cindy so it will actually look legit.
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Hey dude thats really nice! The only reason I didnt use pillar pods is the daytona pillar pod that is pre-made is hideous. it doesnt really fit that great and I just couldnt have that in my perfect interior lol

I guess I could use this method to modify my a-pillar with the pillar pod I got from Cindy so it will actually look legit.
Absolutely but, it takes some real patience.
In addition to the Plastic weld, I used a couple different epoxys.
Being my first shot at something like this,
I was searching for the best method.
I found that the 20-30min. epoxy is best.
Gives time to fiddle around with it.

As I said in the post, it's a long and drawn out process but,
surely there are ways to speed it up a bit.
I was applying the epoxy in pretty thin layers to be precise.
But, if you mix the epoxy and, let it just barely begin to set-up,
you could lay down 3/4" thick layers!

I'm pleased with the final result.

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I try to do something everyday.
I feel that progress, even the very least amount, is still progress.
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Nice Project
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Nice Project
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So, winter is upon us here in PA and, I'm not a fan.

But, it does give me time to think.
The latest thoughts I've been having are interior related and, I think I may have found the answer.

I'm not going to use carpeting.
So, I needed a way to protect the floor boards inside.

I chose to use bedliner!

Rust-Oleum Truck Bed Coating - How to Apply - YouTube

Yep, bedliner!
I'll have to find out what the weight is first and,
find one that's light!

I'd also LOVE to do the plastic trim pieces with it as well.
We'll see.

As for the wiring that was so neatly tucked away under the carpet;
I intend to come up with some kind of conduit for the wiring.
Maybe plastic tubing(like 1" I.D.).
Run all the wiring, which really isn't much(Probably get away with 1/2") and,
even use "T" fittings where wires come out for their intended use.
(I'd paint the conduit with the bedliner too)

And in other news;
If there's anyone near zip code 18708 who's got a common block for sale, PM me.
Thanks!

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3 Minute Shop Class

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New parts arrived yesterday!
(Well, "NEW" to me anyway.lol)

These are the parts required to do the SRT-4 ACT clutch mod explained here:
https://www.turbododge.com/forums/f4/...et-racing.html

Here's the parts:
SRT-4 "flywheel" and ACT pressure plate# D017
(The difference in weight is ASTOUNDING!!! compared to the factory flywheel)






I also got the 6-puck disc from the seller as well.
Thought I would use it for mock-up but, now that I see the damage, it may be fixable.
This disc is $142.02 and, it's nearly new.


Other than this crack:


Probably not worth the risk really.
For the $142.00 I'd be taking a HUGE chance on wrecking alot of what I'll have invested.
Yeah, I'll just get a new one.
(Anyone else notice the conversation I just had with ME!)lol

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Re: 1987 GLHS#0896 Project log

Yes it appears you're talking to yourself again . don't worry you're not alone . Nice looking setup though , I think Belafontes has those plates also . don't throw it out when I see u next i'll have Nick look at it , if u want .
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Yes it appears you're talking to yourself again . don't worry you're not alone . Nice looking setup though , I think Belafontes has those plates also . don't throw it out when I see u next i'll have Nick look at it , if u want .
That would be cool Dave.
I'll have to tag it with a reminder so,
I don't forget it when I come see you.

Thanks for that offer my friend!
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The progress has come to a screeching halt! (mostly)

I have been limited to the work I can do in the shop.
(which is basically my front porch)

See, I bought a car port that is 12'X25' and 10' high.
However, after assembling it, the wind had other ideas.

This area isn't known for powerful winds but,
the very night I finished assembling the entire car port,
the wind got so heavy, it lifted the car port off of the ground and,
threw it over the power lines in front of the house.

It has eight 6 foot legs that the pictured roof mounts on top of.
At each of the four corners, I had a 40lb. weight attached.
The entire port weighed around 260lbs and,
the wind picked it up off the ground and threw it like a rag doll!

Here's the roof:




I have since used the side tarps as covers for the car and,
attached them to the GLHS with the car port's bungee cords.


Didn't like it at all but, had to get it somewhat protected.

Surely, I'll have some updates here and there but,
until Spring they'll be mostly inside work.

For example:
I bought the SMEC and harness for it and,
- I'll be doing the 87 LM/PM to SMEC wiring inside.
- I have the dash panel out and, in the shop. So, I can work on it.
- I also have the NON-A/C box to modify for vents to operate.
- The fuel sender that I did a TON of work to is no longer an option;
I have to modify it.

Recently I was bored and, knew there was SOMETHING I could do;
So, I got to modifying the GLHS accelerator pedal and combining it with the ULTRA-COOL(IMHO) SRT-4 pedal.
Here's the result of that:





Got the SRT-4 pedal cover for $8 at neons.org and, modified the GLHS pedal to accept it.
Not all that difficult. The hardest part was "thinning down" the GLHS pedal.
Narrowing it was a snap but, thinning it down was kind of tricky.

The screws in the side are to ensure it doesn't come off when MASHED TOO THE BOARDS!

Thanks for checking it out.
Have a great day!

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Interesting suspension build! I like it!!
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