Help/info for 1st fiberglass sub enclosures in Chevy HHR
I am gonna give making a pair of custom fiberglass sub boxes a try for my Chevy HHR Panel.
Initial thoughts with my audio/video install was to build some type of sub box amp rack Combo in the rear spare tire well.
But as my daily driver/semi show car that my HHR Panel is to me, I really did not like the idea of loosing the spare tire.
I have been using one Pioneer TS-W3002D4 12 In. Champion Series PRO subwoofer, in a Atrend E12Sv B Box Series 12-Inch Single Vented Subwoofer Enclosure, takes up Alot of room in the back area and hinders hauling stuff in general, and with my added rear seat in my Panel when the 60/40 split rear seat is folded down the sub box slides all over the place in back.
Sliding big sub box has gotta Go and I want Two of the Pioneer 12" subwoofers.
I found a Custom subwoofer install done in another HHR, contacted the owner and he had them custom made at SONUS Car Audio in Clarkesvile TN.
This is what I want to make/recreate.
This is the area in my HHR Panel, the Flat area thats 20X12 is removable.
I'll be ordering up stuff from US Composites. What all should I get to make a pair of these? I have nothing but Time on my hands to give this project a try.
From the looks and from talking to the owner, looks to be a MDF backing and then a MDF Ring mounted off center then fleece stretched over it and resined, add some layers of fiberglass to the inside, and maybe a layer on the outside. and bondo it out smooth.
Originals were covered in black vinyl, and are 10" subs.
(I was a body and fender man for about 12 years full time a long time ago)
Pretty much same kinda design. I know my subs are 12" and I will need to expand the boxes for a little more depth I believe. To get the required •sealed box volume: 0.5-1.0 cubic feet •ported box volume: 0.8-1.6 cubic feet.
I Need / Want my floor space Open, and this type of install will allow that, plus let me use 2 subwoofers.
I just bought and recieved a second Pioneer GM-D8500M mono amp, and will be ordering up a second Pioneer TS-W3002D4 subwoofer and the matching Grill.
These were just done, and posted on a HHR Forum I am on and it's a perfect solution for me and to be able to have a pair of subs without sacrificing floor space or my spare tire, jack and other things I would like to carry in the well area.
As I said, I do have 12 years of body and fender, and auto painter experience, I have a complete woodworking shop in my garage, 6HP 80 Gallon air compressor, sandblasting cabinet, fully tooled to do just about anything, garage is Heated and is AC'ed as well.
I just never made a subwoofer enclosure before. Not saying it won't be hard to do, just that I can't afford to spend that kinda cash having them custon made.
I gutted the interior and sound deadend 90% of the interior roof to floor, doors are done with a layer on the inside outer door skin and then the door is sealed up and a layer on it directly behind the interior door panels, roof and floor are 100% covered, rear spare tire area is 100% covered as are the rear quarter panels.I did not tear the dash out to get in behind it and the firewall, to much work to do that. Huge improvement in the car overall. In the area were the door speakers are I did add a 12"X12" area with 3 layers (4 total overall) directly behind each of the speakers.
Ideas and thoughts on how to do this is what I am looking for, not sure how to achieve the outer rim area that fits around the outside edges.
Not sure how much materials I will need, 2 gallons of resin, sheet of 3/4" MDF, and how much and what kinds of fiberglass should I get?