Epoxy gauge pod!
Results 1 to 8 of 8

This is a discussion on Epoxy gauge pod! within the Interior Mods forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Time to get messy... I'm going to build me an Epoxy gauge pod. Ive heard it's relatively simple, but i've ...

  1. #1
    Registered User E-Wrex's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Portland
    Posts
    720

    Epoxy gauge pod!

    Time to get messy... I'm going to build me an Epoxy gauge pod. Ive heard it's relatively simple, but i've never played with the stuff before. I'll post some pics once it gets done, I think this should be pretty cool if it turns out the way i want it. It should work the same way as building an Epoxy speakerbox, but I may have to get creative. Im going to go off of my a-pillar, so getting the angles right might be tricky.

    List of supplies I can only assume I am going to need(im sure I'll find out I need more):

    1. Epoxy mix.
    2. 2-inch pvc to build the mold with.
    3. Cellophane to wrap the original a-pillar to make the first mold.
    4. bondo.
    6. paint.
    7. a whole lot of luck to get it right the first time.
    8. and of course the gauges.

    Any suggestions/ideas would be super helpful, as I've never worked with the stuff before. This should be way more fun, and way cheaper than a 200 dollar gauge pillar. I'll take pics as I go, and then post a tutorial, nuless it gets way to hard, in which I'm sure i'll break the camera and every other part involved with this little endeavour.
    My poor tranny!... someone sell me an aspen white 06 sti.

    Mods

  2. Remove Advertisements
    ClubWRX.net
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Registered User JOHN91709's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    So-Cal
    Posts
    1,713
    imo you should try ebays pillars they have for sale because it would me soo much easier to just paint one to match the interior than to build one and have it come out like crap. i sometimes build fiberglass speaker boxes for people and i know how much of a pain in the ass it can be to build and not many people can build it right the first time. if you want to build it for your own self satifaction thats cool but make sure you take your time. i am not familiar with the epoxy you want to use but here a link to a pillar pod on ebay that is real cheap.http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/02-03...01846129QQrdZ1
    Last edited by JOHN91709; 09-26-2005 at 04:43 PM.

  4. #3
    He simply abides. SD_GR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    CA, US
    Posts
    22,452
    I Support ClubWRX
    Good luck to you. A while back someone was making a 'glass/epoxy gauge pod for a DSM, and what struck me with that was that this person made it as a molded extension not of the A-pillar but of the plastic piece that covers the mirror on the inside of the cabin, so that the instruments now extend onto the door surface.

    This was done by a works on the Jaguar XJ220, and IMO looks great and different while still being decent ergonomically. I'm throwing it out as food for thought. Buy a spare mirror cover piece for the driver's door, a run of PVC pipe to start with, and start shaping...
    WRX Info Links, Courtesy TheJ
    The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. Ernest Hemingway
    I lied. I cheated. I bribed men to cover the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder. But the most damning thing of all... I think I can live with it. And if I had to do it all over again - I would. Benjamin Sisko
    DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are the author's alone and are inherently worthless.

  5. #4
    Registered User E-Wrex's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Portland
    Posts
    720
    Back to the ol' drawing board, played with some epoxy, and it's definetely not going to work. Maybe some fiberglass, or something. Maybe I was using the wrong epoxy, but it didnt set up hard enough, and it took way more than I had thought. I tried the quick set, seeing as I am impatient and it got to be solid, but it just plain didn't work like I had planned. I got some pvc pieces that fit nicely around the gauges, so maybe I can just experiment with placing those, and then fiberglass and bondo around em. I thought about doing the door, kinda like what you said, but it looks like I may have to drill into the top of the door panel itself and i don't want to mess it up.

    And while buying them off ebay is cheap, they are ghetto as hell, and theres no fun in going that route.

    I'll repost once I find some type of cool solution that aint so run-of-the-mill.
    My poor tranny!... someone sell me an aspen white 06 sti.

    Mods

  6. #5
    Registered User E-Wrex's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Portland
    Posts
    720
    Went and got some fiberglass last night, and molded my pillar, worked out much better then I had imagined, it's turning out pretty sweet. It's way easier to work with than epoxy,a dn I have been taking pics of my progress. Just putting in the pvc for the guages right now, and should have the fiberglass over those by tonight, but it's coming along.
    My poor tranny!... someone sell me an aspen white 06 sti.

    Mods

  7. #6
    Registered User E-Wrex's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Portland
    Posts
    720
    Fiberglass is awesome! I think when I'm done with this Ima build a fiberglass sub-box with the left overs. I should have the basic shape finished by tonight, and have the whole thing bondoed, sanded, and primered by like saturday. Then i'll see if I cant get the pics up..
    My poor tranny!... someone sell me an aspen white 06 sti.

    Mods

  8. #7
    Registered User blarg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Calmer than you are
    Posts
    10,366
    the A-pillar isn't worth it. you can buy one in eBay for $40....however, the Defi-style center pod would be worth doing this with...even the knock-offs are like $150...even the non-CF ones.
    ScoobyDMC #009 - making dirty jokes since before you were making dirty diapers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blarg
    go f*** yourself

  9. #8
    Registered User E-Wrex's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Portland
    Posts
    720
    I'm just worried about fitment with the cheapies, plus it's super fun to build parts for your car, rather than buy cheapo crap off of ebay. Plus I think I may incorporate a couple more things into the pillar like my little outside temp. monitor and a turbo timer. Add some custom paint, and voila': I'm one step closer to a show car. I want to build a console with a monitor in it as well, I saw a sweet mod involving integrating a computer with your car. That'd be sweet for tuning and storing a billion mp3s.
    My poor tranny!... someone sell me an aspen white 06 sti.

    Mods

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •