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Hello friends, Im in the process of creating a custom counsol for my spyder. Sadly we had a flood here in Texas witch came to flooding about an inch of my interior carpeting so being i had to remove everything. I decided to come up with something fresh for my interior. Creating is no easy task, but i was able to accomplish a shape and tonight i laid down my first couple coats of plaster to give a rough shape. Tomorrow i will sand and repeat the process till ive came up with my desired shape before glassing. Here is a rough sketch and a progress picture =)

nice and clean now =)


my rough sketch, pleas excuse the window switch location, im still thinking of a solution for mounting and also the lighter insert.


now my progress..

as you can see it may look pretty bulky but it was needed so as it will give me more room to work with.




If you have any ideas you may like to share, feel free to add. I am still considering removing the cup holder section and replacing it with a small storage compartment along with an armrest. I was also considering going to another window switch selection but i am still researching at the moment.
 

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There counsol looks great. But I wanted something a little more creative than keeping the stock counsol with an add on section done to it. Also to be a bit different and show something new to the community. LP inspired me to accomplish this. I do custom enclosures so I decided to tackle this challenge=) also, where the shifter sits, its a bit higher and the overall stucture gives it a different feel than the stock counsol.
 

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thanks guys for the positive feedback.. Ill be back on it later today after i get out of work. i would like to see the location for the window switches as shown in the sketch so ill see what i can work with. Now i have one question and two ideas id like to share. As for the question, where would be a good place youd like to see the lighter located at? ill draw a couple of location ideas and see what i can come up with.

As for idea #1:
Ive came up with the idea of creating an armrest as well. It will also be formed to the counsole "thanks for the correction lol" and padded. I plan to make a custom cup holder as well later in the future so thats not a main priority.

Idea #2:
I plan on working on a really nice sub enclosure without having to sacrifice some storage area but it will also integrate with the counsole. but unfortunately it may only work for HT owners but i will see if i can design it to work with convertible owners as well. I will post sketches later on of the ideas so i can get some feedback. thanks again and i will be updating shortly.

small update:
 

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Suggestions for cigarette lighter . . . someplace easily accessable for powering cell phones, computers, etc. It would be nice if there was a place where it is both easily accessible and yet still out of the way so when in use it is not sticking out like a sore thumb. Don't know if that helps any, but there's my 2 cents worth for free. :lol:
 

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The original sketch is a beauty. You mention you're using plaster before glassing... to create a mould, and not glassing over the plaster, I hope. Keep us posted! :)
 

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Thanks guys :) well, I was intending on putting the lighter inside the storage bin under the arm rest. Might even put two just incase being we just need that extra one at times. As for the mould, Once I create my final shape, I am going to lay a thin layer of resin to keep the structure in place and smooth for when i make copies. I am also looking into the process of making a negative mould once I finish just like they do for hoods and other items.
 

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Small Update: Well i got down to my first sanding session. I can really see more definition in the mold. Im going to do this process about 2 more times. As i get close to perfect, I will lay some resin to cure the mold before i begin to lay the fiber glass, it will correct any imperfections so there will less prep work. here is tonight's progress..

 

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I'm so glad to see something that has "custom" in the title that doesn't look completely tasteless. Your console looks fantastic.
 

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looking good...is it taller than the stock in the elbow area? I loved my '89 console height and the '93 is not bad...the '03 is just too low
 

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Thanks guys for the positive feedback, well i laid my first set of glass.. The form looks very nice and it will give me some room to work on when sanding. Im going to reinforce the sides and above the where the E-brake is when pulled up because ive seen it crack in time with several spyders. As i will put a couple more layers in the inside as well so the quality will better.

As for the hight. Its a bit higher in millimeters. I will be making an armest with the storage compartment also with a latching mechanism, so yes it will be a bit higher than stock.
 

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another update: well the glassing came out pretty well on top.. i got 3 layers on top so it wont be so thick and i can work my way for more definition on the sanding and minimal bondo. i will reinforce later under the counsole with more glass for added support. as for the sides, i decided to trim off the glass because it was starting to create too many bumps, being the foil didnt stick properly to the sides. i plan to use fleece being it will carry the same thinkness and can be applied alot more easier like i do on my sub enclosures. then, i will also put support layers inside as well. i will soon update tomorrow. here is a picture teaser for now =)

 

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Im going to reinforce the sides and above the where the E-brake is when pulled up because ive seen it crack in time with several spyders.
..and I thought I was the only one:lol:

FYI... I hate working with fiberglass, never easy for me, so I can appreciate the level of craftsmanship
 

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The final touch and what will set this console off making it better than all the rest and one of only two that I'm aware of would be to cover it with a coat of bed liner, LMAO.

In the end I like what you have done and should turn out nice. Good luck
 
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