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Immo's jdm-style console done + how to #99497 Feb 7, 2:05pm Feb 7, 2:05pm
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Immo's jdm-style console done + how to
Hi guys,
finally it's done.
It was a shitload of work and I wouldn't want to do it again (I think smile ).

Please wait with replies until my last picture is done!

Intro:
I really wanted to have a screen in my car, for looks but also for actually playing or watching movies.
I figured the jdm-console has a strange gap in front of the screen which fits the 'official' screen, but would probably no fit other screen which means you would have to do work to that as well. Also a 5.6 inch screen is too small I think.
The only solution was to make one myself.
I bought a used upper part center console and a 7 inch lcd/tft screen.

Here you'll find the steps I took to create the jdm-style console.



Here's the screen I bought, I wanted pal/ntsc compatibility for games and movies as well as future use of rear-view cameras.


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Re: Immo's jdm-style console done + how to [Re: Immo] #99498 Feb 7, 2:06pm Feb 7, 2:06pm
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Step 2

Glueing the screen to the console upper part that I took a piece out of with my dremel

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Step 3:
Putting fiberglass al around to seal things of

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Re: Immo's jdm-style console done + how to [Re: Immo] #99500 Feb 7, 2:08pm Feb 7, 2:08pm
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Step 4:
The most horrible step.
Bondo and sanding till you drop.
I really hate this, it's too small to do a good sanding job.
Also the bondo I used was very sticky so it was hard to get a smooth surface

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Re: Immo's jdm-style console done + how to [Re: Immo] #99501 Feb 7, 2:10pm Feb 7, 2:10pm
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Step 5:
I almost got it smooth here.
I used 'filler' to get the small gaps straight.
Didn't work so I had to use bondo again to fill them.
Then again sanding etc etc..
Here you see it sprayed with filler and some bondo

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Re: Immo's jdm-style console done + how to [Re: Immo] #99502 Feb 7, 2:11pm Feb 7, 2:11pm
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another picture of filler and bondo

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Re: Immo's jdm-style console done + how to [Re: Immo] #99503 Feb 7, 2:14pm Feb 7, 2:14pm
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Step 7:
Painting it.
I found a motip can of spray paint in the same color as the center console. Only thing is, it's glossy.
Now I have to paint the rest of the console too. Not too bad though.
I wet-sanded it with 600 grit sanding paper until it was very smooth.
Let it dry, degreased it and painted it with about 7 to 8 layers of paint.

Here you see the result with the screen put in running NFS:Underground on gamecube.

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Okay, last picture.
The last two pictures are bigger so you can see some more detail.
It's not perfect. Not everything is as smooth as it can be, but hey, I'm not a pro at this.
I think I did a very good job.

Someone once told me: 'the enemy of good is better'.
I wanted to stop until things would go wrong.

I think everyone can do this, it's just a lot of work ans it takes a lot of patience.
Anyone with questions, mail me, I will however NOT make another one smile

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looks like you did a pretty good job!!

hard work and effort pays off d00d...great work! thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup


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Re: Immo's jdm-style console done + how to [Re: Immo] #99506 Feb 7, 2:44pm Feb 7, 2:44pm
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That's awesome, it looks sweet thumbsup

Re: Immo's jdm-style console done + how to [Re: Immo] #99507 Feb 7, 2:55pm Feb 7, 2:55pm
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very well done...i wanna do this...just scared im gonna fuck up you kno


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that looks AWESOME!!!!!! thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

Re: Immo's jdm-style console done + how to [Re: celicaTRDgts] #99509 Feb 7, 3:04pm Feb 7, 3:04pm
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Originally Posted by celicaTRDgts
very well done...i wanna do this...just scared im gonna fuck up you kno


Don't be.
Just start, fiberglass resin and bondo isn't that hard.
Just read some websites and you'll be fine

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yea yea...i had a guy send me a full like how to do thingy...for the tv console...seems pretty easy just a lot of work..the sanding part he said is a bitch..


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Originally Posted by celicaTRDgts
yea yea...i had a guy send me a full like how to do thingy...for the tv console...seems pretty easy just a lot of work..the sanding part he said is a bitch..


Yep, especially the corners on the inside, you can't use a sanding-block for that. Dremel will take too much of too fast.
Those are a pain in the ass indeed

Re: Immo's jdm-style console done + how to [Re: Immo] #99512 Feb 7, 3:28pm Feb 7, 3:28pm
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damn, that looks awesome!!! thumbsup thumbsup

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Very professional, man that looks good! thumbsup thumbsup


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props man looks hot!


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VERY NICE thumbsup


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man that looks so sweet. mad props thumbsup

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good job man looks real nice


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niice job thumbsup show us some pics of it when its installed into the car


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Very nice.


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That looks awesome! thumbsup Very custom job and you made it look great! Are you planning on putting the Gamecube in your car?

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thas awesome thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

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That looks great man...Im doing mine right now.

I did almost the exact same thing...although my screen is tiled back a little more and i moved the single din up to fill the space out. On mine..i "rounded" out the space..around the screen so i didnt have that many hard corners.

Ill post pics soon.

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looks mint. thumbsup

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Yikes! That's real sweet! thumbsup Just out of curiosity, where do you have the sound going to? I really wanted to do some LCD screens, but didn't learn yet about how to hook up sound.


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Originally Posted by Eyger
Yikes! That's real sweet! thumbsup Just out of curiosity, where do you have the sound going to? I really wanted to do some LCD screens, but didn't learn yet about how to hook up sound.


Some radio's have line-in.
If not, buy a FM modulator.
You can get the sound on 98.8 FM (or a diff frequency)

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