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2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects


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krush 
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Posted: September 05, 2012 at 1:15 PM / IP Logged  
Hi all... newbie here. I just started the work on my 2007 Pathfinder, its my daily ride. Plan to make major stealth modes to it over the next year.
     I have started with the a-pillars on the car. Thanks to all the info on this site the project is coming out better then i hoped. I wanted a nice front stage so the infinity 32.9cf are facing to center point of the opposite passenger. I went with removable pods in case i ever decide to go with 4" speakers instead. Big problem with SUV's is road noise, road noise and more RN, so my i plan to deaden the panels with sound-deadener, foam, and MLV.
Will post pic later
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krush 
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2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
stated with a fiberglass base.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
The speaker rings are router-ed from 2 pieces of 1/2" mdf glued together.
my goal was to mount the as deep as possible into the panel so the pods wouldn't block my view.
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krush 
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Posted: September 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM / IP Logged  
Was up a few late nights and got some more work done on the pods.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
Mixed up some JB-Weld to put over the screw heads to secure them to the pod base plate.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
Used a old t-shirt and hot glue to wrap the pods. I was planing to use fleece but the curves and small size of pods made very difficult to rap around. I prefer hot glue over other methods because that way i can use a heat gun to undo any mistakes and later after the resin is harden to remove the cloth as close to the edge of the base plate. ( you will see what i mean in another pic.)
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
resin is brushed on and harden. downside to using a t-shirt is weakness, fleece will hold more Resin. Next step is to reinforce the pods from the inside with FG and poring resin into the pods.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
Quick test fit to the A-pillar
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krush 
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Posted: September 22, 2012 at 4:53 PM / IP Logged  
All done with the back and fill with resin on the inside. I us a small heavy plastic cup and poured the resin in and use a heat gun on low to set the resin a bit faster to get it thick on the inside. Also because i used hot glue on the backside of the pod. it was very easy to use a heat gun to peal back the cloth to the edge and just dremel it flat and smooth. Saves a lot of sanding time. Now the pod is ready for Evercoat, sanding, and more sanding. I plan to use a texture primer and then paint to match the factory OEM A-pillar. The Krylon plastic beige is dead on with the Nissan factory color.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
The best tool in my work shop, is my BRAIN!!!!
krush 
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Posted: October 04, 2012 at 1:08 PM / IP Logged  
up late last night working on the pods.
tried out the new Bondo gold. Set time is 5 mins and sand-able after 15 mins to cut down sanding time after it fully cures in ~30 mins. I sanded with a 80 grit. excess came of very easy.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
after bondo fully cured. Hand sand it with 120, 200, final 400 grit.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
quick test fit
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
Cleaned up with alcohol and compress air. let it dry off for 10mins or so. Then put 4 light coats of primer 10 mins apart as per can. I used a fast dry primer that was wet sand-able after 20mins :) . Wet sanded with 800 then 1000 grit. Don't for get to soak the sand paper for 30mins at least. Will let them sit for a day or so then its time for the texture paint and clear coat. *note that you don't have to go pass 120 grit sandpaper if you use texture paint, I was undecided on the finish!!!!
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
The best tool in my work shop, is my BRAIN!!!!
krush 
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Posted: October 05, 2012 at 1:18 PM / IP Logged  
Hey guys, when i removed my a pillars the retainer clip on the plastic mold were missing (this is what happens when a local installer at a shop doesn't reinstall thing correctly back in). Anyway I went to the Nissan deal and they tell me i need to buy the a pillars mold cause they don't sell just the clips. I'm not paying $50 a pop just cause of some missing clips. So i found the company that sell the clips and fastener for All make and model. So to all that have broken or lost those B@$terd clips, plastic things and don't know where to find them, here you go:
http://www.auveco.com/product/index.html
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krush 
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Posted: October 05, 2012 at 1:23 PM / IP Logged  
Sorry here is the dealer for the company to:
http://www.thecliplink.com/
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krush 
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Posted: October 05, 2012 at 2:00 PM / IP Logged  
One more good site:
http://www.clipsandfasteners.com/default.asp
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krush 
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Posted: October 09, 2012 at 12:23 PM / IP Logged  
almost done.....
I put a light coat of stone efect spray on to give it a texture and then 3 light coats of the beige coat. Let it dry for a few days and the 2 more light coats of beige and then 3 to 4 light coats of flat clear coat.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
The best tool in my work shop, is my BRAIN!!!!
krush 
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Posted: October 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM / IP Logged  
Finished the pods over the weekend. All that's need is now the grilles. Looking for some 5 1/2 or 6 1/2 mess grilles to cut and form them. Will show you guy a easy way to make snap in grilles for your flat speaker ring to.
Here they are install and wired.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder, Fiberglass Projects -- posted image.
Sorry for the bad pic. (was taken at night)
Doors are next up.
The best tool in my work shop, is my BRAIN!!!!
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