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Man I wish you would just finish this already, each day I look on to see some huge progress..jk

This project is awesome, I'm not creative at all so it's really interesting how you think the design through and refine through trial and error. Very impressive, can't wait to see the finished product.
 

CarMichael Angelo

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Man I wish you would just finish this already, each day I look on to see some huge progress..jk

This project is awesome, I'm not creative at all so it's really interesting how you think the design through and refine through trial and error. Very impressive, can't wait to see the finished product.
I am the point now, that I wish the wife would just call Chip Foose, make up a sob story about why I cant get it done, and come home one day to find the car missing from my garage.
 

CarMichael Angelo

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You could put low watt lights behind the perforated metal in the dash and console,be like the ambient lighting in the new fords
Not ignoring you,..that was a consideration and there was a point that that was a "plan". But considering the it's taking so damn long just to get the thing roughed out, adding an entire perimeter light circuit will take the car into the 20's.
...............as in 2020's:nono:
 

CarMichael Angelo

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I'm confident that 90% of people that look at the progress pics I post of this dash, look and say to themselves "what the hell is this guy doing"?

(And I mean that in a negative context)

Like the body mods to the red car, 75% of the people that like their standard factory Fox interiors are saying That I f'd that up all to hell. There are times that I've sat and thought that myself.
Whether I have, or have not is at the too bad phase now, I'm pretty well entrenched at this stage.
The turning point for me on the dash was my decision to cut the console away from the lower bar of the dash and build that as a separate unattached unit. It got better when I decided to build the top attachment bar, and better again when I built the gauge pod.
For the last two days, I've made inroads towards accepting it even more.

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Believe it or not, building a bar like this takes a really long time. Not only do you have to make a whole bunch of bends at varying degrees and angles, everything has to be welded in the proper orientation once all of that is done. Compounding that, is the fact that I have to make another exact duplicate to run beneath it. Then, once I've made the sister bar, and welded it to the other, I have to find a way to attach it to the door that allows me to make adjustments to the alignment, and spacing because this door bar has to mesh with the dash bar, (when the door is closed) and cant be too close (or the paint will chip) and cannot be too far away or crooked or there'll be a wonky gap at the intersect point. It's times like these that I'm glad that i repurchased my tubing bender back, and thankful for all of the experience I've had building roll bars for all of the sorry assed drag cars I've had in my past. in addition to the bars, A flat, rectangular pad will angle off of this steel top bar that will be the platform for a padded upholstered armrest

I shoulda did that,.......(built that sister bar) but I didn't. Seems that when ever i have a million projects like this car (or the house) I never stay focused on the smaller battles to win the war,...I jump around to several smaller skirmishes, so I can see more progress on a grander scale, to give the impression I'm farther along. It's been that way with the whole stupid car.
1. Cut down the bumpers to section them so they don't hang all "Jerry's Kids" off of the body.
Only the rear bumper is cut, and the two end pieces are unwelded. ( those two end pieces are around here somewhere...........)
2. Build the Gila Gills that will act as inlets for the rear heat exchanger.
Only the Drivers' side is done.
3. Put the power windows in the doors.
Only the pass door is done.
4. Mount the seats.
Only the drivers' side is done, and barely at that.
5. Remove the glass so as not to ruin it from cutting and grinding sparks.
Only the windshield is removed,..the other glass is already ruined.
6.Build the housing to encase the rear mount heat exchangers.
The front is on, not the back.
And this **** goes on, and on almost everywhere you look. I still have just as much time and work in front of me to finish the "other sides" as I've already put in.

This is my next example:
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This is the under pod that will hold the head unit, and the HVAC controls. The passenger side of the box is on, I ran out of time and just clamped the thing in place to get a perspective.
( the actual "true" mount location will be slightly to the right, It just was too hard to hold it in place while lying on your back to get that stupid vise grip clamped on.
This thing also took the better part of a day to build to this point of completion. Because the front fascia is actually rounded at the corners, I just cant weld the four corners of the box together square, I have to round them over before welding, and that takes a little while, and THAT is why there's only one side done.

But the things' hangin' there, and I'm happy with the way it looks. A rectangular opposite of the oval gauge pod
 

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Personally I like what you're planning/building. I also suffer from ADD when doing projects and completely understand that. I have none of your metal fabrication skills but am around people I work with who do. I truly appreciate/respect the time/effort this takes. This entire build is entirely beyond most Stangnet members abilities imo. I say just concentrate on the interior until you're happy/content with that before going back to the other areas.
 

CarMichael Angelo

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Just curious what made you go with a rectangle pod, instead of matching pods? Besides the obvious, you are MadMike and generally do the opposite of rational thought.
Because the pieces that make up the gauge pod are round, and the pieces that make up the underpod are rectangular.
How irrational is that?
 

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I believe the completed interior will have a fit and finish that will put some of the most expensive automobiles on the planet to shame. Really incredible work.
 

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I believe the completed interior will have a fit and finish that will put some of the most expensive automobiles on the planet to shame. Really incredible work.
I appreciate that, but lets not lose touch w/ the reality that it will never, ever, ever put any of the worlds most expensive interiors to shame.
I'd be willing to accept that it'll put the worlds most expensive Fairmont interiors to shame...
all two of them,.......... maybe.
 
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View: http://youtu.be/hzIoy2MCHmI


Something like that would be a Nice looking addition in your dash,and it would match your digital cluster
Yeah,...but I didn't want (or need) a big touch screen. The head unit I bought is even w/o a CD player. 100% digital media streamer. makes for a very short, very light chassis, that has built in bluetooth. Anything that's on my phone will come through that dude w/o a wire, and I will be all hands free and s hit when it comes to talking on the phone.
 
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They have single din touch screens.. Lol .jk. I understand what your saying and that radio you have sounds like a good setup for what you want/need. What brand is it? Will it connect to iOS an Android?
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't your super awesome RECTANGULAR digital gauges going to sit in the middle of the upper round gauge pod? So why does a rectangular head unit not fit into the same design for down below?

I mean, its your car, but you should listen to me tell you how to build it... ;)
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't your super awesome RECTANGULAR digital gauges going to sit in the middle of the upper round gauge pod? So why does a rectangular head unit not fit into the same design for down below?

I mean, its your car, but you should listen to me tell you how to build it... ;)
Your're wrong. My super awesome digital gauges have an OVAL trim ring.
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Why in the hell would I cut an oval shape in the upper pod for a rectangular gauge set in the first place Jeeves?:nonono:
 
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