Nissan 370Z Tech Forums banner

1 - 20 of 32 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,955 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I am starting this thread to help you guys build what you have been asking for from companies but have not yet recieved..A Custom Guage Pod..
Time - Aprox 4-6 hours
Skill level - moderate


Supply list
1) pillar from drivers side
1) generic 1 or 2 guage pod
1) fiberglass kit (Pep Boys)
1) assorted pack of sand paper
1) Can of black primer spray paint
1) Can of wrinkle finish spray paint

You will need a basic array of tools during the process as you will see....


Here is the pod I chose....Cost around $19.99
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,955 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Step 1 - Check pod in vehicle for proper fitment,you will be cutting a good portion away so dont worry.Just note the proper level for the driver to view the guages.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,955 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Step 2 - Utilizing a flathead screwdriver with the end taped so you dont scratch your interior, gently pry the pillar away and toward the rearview mirror.You will hear the clips release.Just be gentle.once it is uncliped pull upwards and out from the dash board...
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,955 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Step 3 - Utilizing a hack saw blade start trimming the guage pod away till you are happy with the way it sits on the pillar...
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,955 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Step - 4 utilizing a screw gun and some self tapping screws secure the pod to the pillar..These screws will be removed later on so try and position them in an area where the fiberglass will not obstruct their removal...
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,955 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
Step 5 - using a drill with a 4 inch sanding disc with medium to coarse paper sand down the pod edges until it sits as flush as you can get it..
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,955 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
Step - 6 mix the resin and apply like so..then use the fiberglass mesh and smooth it out so the material is saturated with the resin...Dont wory this part is messy..Dont try to get it perfect thats what the sanding is for..
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,955 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
Step -7 you will now remove the screws,and fill the holes..After letting that dry for another 30-45 minutes ..Now using a drill and an abrasive wheel sand the high spots and re appply a second coat where needed of only resin no mesh..Let that dry 30-45 min..
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,955 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
Step -8 Sand again and then by hand utilizing a med to fine paper..This is what you will have...Wipe with a damp cloth and clean well..You are now ready to paint!!
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,955 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
Step - 10 spay with several coats of wrinle finish spray paint to match the texture of interior as best as possible...Your DONE!!!
 

Attachments

1 - 20 of 32 Posts
Top