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How to make custom gauge pod by mikesanye


									                            How to make a custom gauge pod


- Dash piece you want modified
- 2” PVC
- ABS plastic (optional)
- Rubber gloves
- Dust mask or respirator
- Fiberglass resin
- Fiberglass matt
- Body filler (recommend light stuff, MUCH easier to sand)
- Sand paper: 150, 220, 320 grit

Okay, let’s get started!

First you have to find the dash piece that you think would look good and be convenient
for a gauge.

 I’m going to choose the dash piece out of a Dodge Neon parts car. It’s located at the left
of the steering wheel and it accompanies two climate vents.

Now cut the 2” PVC the length of the gauges and epoxy them where you want the gauges
to be. If you have a huge whole to fill like I do with the bottom vent, then I encourage
you to use a piece of ABS. You can heat the ABS up and it becomes like a rubber. Then
apply it to the space you want to fill and let it cool for a few seconds. Now you have the
perfect shape “filler”. I would epoxy it on to secure it well.
In my case, I put a piece of ABS in place of the large vent. Then I cut a whole out of the
piece of ABS with a dremel and attached my PVC with epoxy. So it looks a little like

Now comes the fun part 


      Scuff the dash piece and pods up a little with some 150 grit sand paper so the
       Fiberglass will stick and won’t peel off.
      Mix up the Fiberglass resin with the hardener as instructed on the fiberglass resin
      Now, cut up small pieces of fiberglass matt.
      Soak up the matt and apply it to your dash piece (WEAR GLOVES)
Allow the Fiberglass to dry. The amount of time it takes to dry will depend on how much
hardener you used.

After it is dry, test fit it in the car and make sure things line up okay and you aren’t
running into any problems. If you run into problems, fix them! Be innovative.

When everything fits and lines up correctly, it’s time to BODY FILL.

It’s a lot like mixing up fiberglass...
      Put some body filler on a piece of cardboard or scrap wood
      Apply hardener as directed on the directions. Keep in mind, the more you use the
         faster it will dry! That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how fast
         you work.
      Now apply the body filler on the dash piece in a thick coat, sculpting and
         feathering edges the way you want the gauge pod to look.
   After the body filler dries, it’s time to SAND.

   Start with 150 grit and start sculpting the gauge pod. The sanding process takes the
   most time and patience. As you sand it down more and more, you may find that you
   need more body filler in certain places. Apply body filler as needed until you get a
   smooth gauge pod and you’re happy with the way it looks. As it starts to get
   smoother move to a finer grit paper until you have finally reached the 320 grit and
   you’re satisfied with the appearance.

   Now it is time to prep the surface for PAINT.

   Prime the surface with sandable primer.

Now you can paint the pod to match your interior, reinstall, and voila! Your very first
custom gauge pod 

Thanks and Good Luck!


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