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#1 starquest#3

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 08:58 PM

So after looking around and waiting for console parts I decided I will do something custom. I have been working on making an aluminum console for my starion. I have not posted pictures till now. I figured if it did not look right I could just hide the evidence.  :ph34r: But I am kinda happy the way it is looking so I felt I could start a thread on it. The radio/ shifter surround was broke in several places, so That was my starting point.

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I decided I wanted to roughly follow the stock lines so I here I mocked up some metal to match the consoles angles

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Oops. I knew it would be slightly larger but it would not fit in the cutout at the base of the dash.... so I cut the center on the band saw and welded it back up.Posted Image

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#2 starquest#3

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:04 PM

Compound angles are a little tough.....
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now it is starting to look like something

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:06 PM

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:08 PM

Next was the armrest.
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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:10 PM

Very nice!. I didnt think you were going all the way to the arm rest.

Good ones are becoming harder to find these days, so if you can make em, go for it.
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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:12 PM

I wanted to use the stock armrest
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and the original insert

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:15 PM

I do need to make some mods to the back to bolt the arm rest on. I overlooked the fact that the hinge is bent. Overall pleased. My final plan it the smooth the welds then have the whole thing hydrodipped black carbon fiber.

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:26 PM

Pretty sweet work, nice welding table.
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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:29 PM

Thanks Shaggy. I broke the back part when I dropped it in the shop. :blink: I have interior mods I  planned. I have no rear seats so I am going to flat panel that and add a roll bar. I scored sweet seats from Kenny G but these are the ones I really want.

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Also I am only doing this because This is how I got the car. If it was even remotely in good shape it would stay stock

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:29 PM

Looks awesome. Are you going to wrap it or leave it just bare? Either way great job and I'm sure will hold up better than our 30 year old plastics do.

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:32 PM

Thanks Scott. I love the table. It is made by stronghand. Only drawback is you are constantly dropping things through it onto the floor.

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:35 PM

Plan is to hydro-dip it in carbon fiber, I think it would look better but we will see. I will need to do some finishing because of scratches. I am using leftover scrap from some of my "real" jobs.

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 10:33 PM

i need this. This would be coo if you could layout the plans and specs for us to cut it ourselves

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 10:51 PM

I'll see if I can draw up some templates

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 09:32 AM

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 09:35 AM

Excellent!!!
I got blisters on my fingers!!!

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 11:23 AM

Beautiful!!!

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 05:59 PM

I got some time this afternoon to work on the Starion. I got the fuel pump hooked up and the fuel tank plug installed. And fired her up she runs beautiful. I cant wait to get the seat in to take it out for a test spin.

I also made the first full length test fit on the console today. Up to this point I just put the radio area on. I gotta admit sometimes its better to be lucky than good. Almost perfect fit.Posted Image
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Posted 24 April 2016 - 08:14 PM

Great work!
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Posted 24 April 2016 - 08:14 PM

Do you plan to incorporate the factory seat belt switch or mirror switch in the center? Or are you going to make cup holders to replace that area?




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