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j68rh 
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Posted: August 18, 2005 at 3:22 PM / IP Logged  

Here is my 3rd project its of my 2004 nissan xterra.

new Xterra project -- posted image.

here is the next picture

new Xterra project -- posted image.

 

Sorry I had to use foil but I just didn't have enough tape to just mask it and Also the tape just would not stick it was being a pain the old A@*new Xterra project -- posted image.

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Posted: August 18, 2005 at 3:46 PM / IP Logged  
Well I personally wouldn't have used fiberglass for over half of what you have there. There are too many large flat surfaces. I probably would have made the whole thing out of mdf actually but I don't know what your plans are.
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j68rh 
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Posted: August 18, 2005 at 7:46 PM / IP Logged  
The reason why I am doing it like that with all fiberglass like that is because I just wanted the mold and I wanted the exact  curves of the back to the floor also I wanted a light weight enclosure.  Next steps for me is going to be putting alot of layers of glass down to build my strength up. cut my MDF rings mount them and fleece and glass and smooth and paint.  just keep in tune for more to come.
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Posted: August 18, 2005 at 10:39 PM / IP Logged  
Well I only see 1 curve, and that could be duped closely with mdf and resin. If it had to be completely molded then the only part that I would have used fiberglass on would have been the wheel well.
As far as weight, by the time you reinforce the large flat sections the box will probably weigh more then if it were mdf. Not to mention the money it would save either.
But to each his own. Keep it up.
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j68rh 
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Posted: August 19, 2005 at 7:40 AM / IP Logged  
I see where you are coming from on this but I am looking at useing either kevlar or a carbon fiber like material to do the reinforcement.  There is a distributer right here in the hampton roads area of Virginia that I got my supplies from.  Have you ever worked with those 2 materials?  You have to use an epoxy resin but when its cured its very strong and very durable.  cuts down on weight and seals tighter then using MDF, wood glue, screws, and caulking
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Posted: August 19, 2005 at 7:41 AM / IP Logged  

Looks like you've done a great job so far. Yeah just giving it to you for future reference man. You could also save alot of time that way also. You can even take the mdf and cut it at a 45 degree angle and fill in the wheel well area.   Or you could have made everything out of mdf, sit it in the car stretch fleece over that wheel well and just fiberglass that one piece. Its just alot easier less expensive, less time, alot stronger. Just trying to help you out man, I know I need all the help I can get.

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j68rh 
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Thanks I just wanted to try something new with kevlar and carbonfiber.  A guy I work with used it and told me great things.  If i don't like how it turns out I will junk this box and go back to the old ways of doing things with the MDF and then glass where it needs to go.
soundmasta 
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Posted: August 19, 2005 at 9:53 AM / IP Logged  

nice....it will probably turn out good. i would try the rope trick to strengthen up those large flat areas. heres some pics of an 04 xterra i did.

new Xterra project -- posted image. 

new Xterra project -- posted image. 
new Xterra project -- posted image.

j68rh 
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Posted: August 19, 2005 at 12:40 PM / IP Logged  
hey there soundmasta the pics didn't come out and what is the rope trick that you are refering too?  Never heard of it
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Posted: August 19, 2005 at 11:20 PM / IP Logged  
the rope trick is said to work but ive never tired it...you add pieces of rope along the flat areas of the glass to add strength
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