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Post by driveit on Sat May 04, 2013 8:17 am

Thinking about building center console and a few other parts from scratch. Looking for ideas on how to build them. I have been thinking about framing it up in plywood, but want to make the car lighter, not add weight. I was thinking maybe of using Fiberglass, but I am not sure where to start.

Has anyone done this or have any tips?

Thanks and God bless,
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Post by Limey SE on Sat May 04, 2013 10:17 am

yes Some one used the shape of a Cutlass one and did it in fiberglass they were a member here But for the Life of me can remember who
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat May 04, 2013 10:28 am

Talk to Wally (Wallyup)...he's a custom interior genius with fiberglass!
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Post by Limey SE on Sat May 04, 2013 11:23 am

from a 69 Chevelle but guy used the Olds console for a platform

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Post by driveit on Sat May 04, 2013 1:01 pm

Those are both very nice!
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sat May 04, 2013 2:06 pm

a restorer guy i know uses conduit as the frame,than works his magic.
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Post by Wallyuph on Sat May 04, 2013 2:47 pm

1/4" cabinet grade plywood works best. Its light weight and you can use any type of fastening you want with it. Glue it screw it staple it. Get your shape all done then fiber glass matt over it if you want to paint it. Or wrap it in vinyl its endless.

I start with chip board and just tape them together as its cheap and gives you a template for the ply wood. i[url=[url=https://servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=206&u=17248508]custom parts building Img_3811


Then cut out pieces and add a strip of 3/4" soft maple wood for corner blocks to screw or fasten together. Some 1/4" closed cell foam and leather and your done.You can use construction adhesive as well. Very easy to cut dome light holes or any thing else you want to add on or in it.

The red section is just ABS plastic painted to match car. It lifts out so i have access to two extra fuse panels under console. I have a lot of wires under there as it has seat heaters, power lumbar and side lumbar in the seats. Plus stereo wires and cross overs for speaker and cup holders.The black wire hanging out and small black box is remote for subs gain control. I just toss it in went I get to were I'm going.

Here is before seat where done

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After seats still not happy with the way they came out but they are ok for now.
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Post by 1973montec on Sat May 04, 2013 4:09 pm

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looks good Wally
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Post by driveit on Sat May 04, 2013 4:11 pm

Thats awesome. I love the look of that console!!! Thanks for the tips.
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