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Time to take the metal tape off the 4" Aeroports and see what they look like. So far so good  :)  These are going to be 12" long i just havent put the other ends on yet.  Ill save that for last.

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Time to figure out how to get the plexi in the front opening......i used a 1" window for this box.  Only trouble is, the wood is 3/4MDF so i had to compensate for that when building the "frame" it will sit in. (notice the 1/4" "Shim")

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After the shim is made and dropped into place, its not over yet, a 2nd frame (3rd if you count the shim) needed to be built but a little bigger so ill have something to fasten the plexi to.

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Should be tight when i finally get to pull the protective paper off the plexiglas....but for now it stays.  That little 9" x 45" x 1" window was $85 and i damn sure dont wanna scratch it.    :D

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Time to shift gears and head back to the amprack portion of the box.  I had to prep it for the amp wiring and also fix the flanges on the sides. 

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Heres a good spot for some distribution blocks when the time comes to hook everything up.  From here, the wires can drop down out of the truck and out to the HO alt up front (when i get it in of course)

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whats a little more fiberglass.....may as well

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Ok so now its got some shape to it i start with more dynaglass or "kitty hair" so i can sculpt it without the negative effects of using straight bondo.

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ever try and sand this stuff by hand?  Its like sanding concrete.....i have tools but this thing has a "flare" shape to it and its hard to get in the bend so i choose to go caveman and do it the hard way.

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Not bad huh.......its like almost a full foot below the third row back seat! (at the low point anyway) Fits like a glove.  :) 

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so one more coat of filler.......ill use bondo for the final coat to give it one more "cleanup" session.  Thats tonites work (after work  :P )

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Got a few more pics but it seems like more of the same stuff really.  Saturday i went down to discuss "my next move" with my NEW upholstery guy.  This thing is getting wrapped in leather to match the interior and will have french seams at all the curves.  Should look super clean when done.  I had a problem though, i flush mounted and molded the Aeroports into the box and made it next to impossible to get a clean "terminatation" at the ports for the leather.  He said he needed a way to wrap the leather around and tuck under in those areas so i took it home and thought about it for a few and this is what i came up with.  NOTHIN LIKE  RE-DOING something youve already done but hey,thats the way it goes.  Its not the mistakes you make, but what you do about them that counts  ;)

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Ok this is my solution.  I grabbeds some chip-board and cut circles where teh ports are and intentionally left it "loose" about 1/4" under the "lip" of the new templates so he has something he can tuck the leather under. 

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Taped the new template over the ports so it would hold its shape, then i soaked it in resin to give it some strength while keeping it flexible enough to pull up just a slight hair later.

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Once it set-up, i could take the tape off and pop a bunch of staples into it to pull it down in spots that were coming up, plus hold it in place too.

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Now its time for some Dynaglass.  I didnt want to glass it in all the way because this needs to stay low profile and flexible at the port opening.

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After knocking that down, time for some more filler.

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More sanding, then more sanding.......

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Usaci - 157.4

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