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Old 25 July 2009, 03:42   #11
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Glassing

If you used Pouring foam then glassed it it would be PLENTY strong enough. they make dashboards etc in cars from pouring foam and thats only Vinyl covered
take a look at
http://www.uscomposites.com/foam.html
It works out cheaper than 18mm ply
Basically you mix the two part together pour it into a box mould and its like the s@?t in the can ......five minutes and woooooof its everywhere expands like hell
Then shape it to what YOU want (if your clever and cocky you can run your cables inside the foam to make connecting electrics easier.. failing that run a bit of conduit {plastic} in there)
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Old 25 July 2009, 07:45   #12
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Your the main man Tim!!
I want to glass the sides to the deck first, both inside and out. So this means the top can only be fitted afterwards. The baton idea is sitting rather well at the moment then
I could make the box (the deck forms the bottom of the box) with the top on and then fix to the deck but this means only glassing the outisde to the deck. Which wouldn't be as strong?
Can you draw a simple sketch of what you plan to do? Maybe some pics of where its going.

I think you may have a little bit of trouble glassing it to the deck and getting a good join and/or making it look nice. I am however assuming you will be fitting this to the moulded deck of an SR4? The way around this is to build in a small external flange and use the traditional method of fixing it down with self tapping screws and sikaflex. My console is only glassed on the outside, I have coated the inside with epoxy to protect it.
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Old 25 July 2009, 08:11   #13
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Tim, this is a very very quick sketch using Paint on vista
And it's on a 5.4 SR
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Tim, this is a very very quick sketch using Paint on vista
And it's on a 5.4 SR
Just to add the cross section drawing that I've so expertly done is the box section that forms one side of the hole box. Make sense?
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If you used Pouring foam then glassed it it would be PLENTY strong enough. they make dashboards etc in cars from pouring foam and thats only Vinyl covered
take a look at
http://www.uscomposites.com/foam.html
It works out cheaper than 18mm ply
Basically you mix the two part together pour it into a box mould and its like the s@?t in the can ......five minutes and woooooof its everywhere expands like hell
Then shape it to what YOU want (if your clever and cocky you can run your cables inside the foam to make connecting electrics easier.. failing that run a bit of conduit {plastic} in there)
Thanks Alan, I've had it off two boat builders that foam would not be strong enough.
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ah right ok, a bit different from what I had visualised. Is the back staying open so you can get the fuel tank in and out? The console won't end up being too high will it?
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ah right ok, a bit different from what I had visualised. Is the back staying open so you can get the fuel tank in and out? The console won't end up being too high will it?
Yeah the back on the box and the console is going to be open but going to make a fibreglasss cover that covers all of it (he says ) and the tank will be strapped into place.

The main reason for making it is to get it at the right hight as the console alone is to low for me.
Then hight of the box is yet to be measured as I've not been up to mocking it all up.
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Hi John.

Can you post a picture of the console that needs raising..

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Can you post a picture of the console that needs raising..

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