My 370Z Stereo System

Again, this is from my 370Z and not the Ghia, but I thought it might be interesting to some. Become is an portion of a thread I created at The370Z.com chronicling my stereo install. Enjoy!

Got me some fiberglass, 400 grit and stainless steel rod today. 😉

Woot!

Welding up a new spare tire hold down bracket.

Should buy me a bit more room for the sub.

Hub centric with a lug lock pin. Baking on the coating.

Time to work on the enclosure a bit.

Trim ring.

Hub spacer for tie down.

I had a bit of noise dampening material left from the Camaro. I’ll get more if I need it.

The inside ring was just a hair less than a quarter inch too tall to give me the inch and a half between it and the top of the foam. After a little router action, we have perfection.

Looks like it fits.

I think I’m ready for fiberglass.

A little reshaping prior to glassing.

It looks like a rainbow puked in my spare. Being wax based clay, it should be a nice mold release.

More importantly, my wife didn’t freak out when she walked into the kitchen and saw a tire on her table. :tup:

Some lovely mold release wax.

Cloth and mat all cut, ready to get the resin.

It is time. Here goes nothing!

Got the cloth layers done. Time to build up the mat.

I’ll have a bunch of clean up work to do once it hardens.

Wired up my quick disconnect.

…and now I wait.

Clean up time.

That’s all for today.

Work continues.

This thing fits in here so tightly, I need to think of some removal device. Done for now.

Back in business.

Pull tabs installed.

Speaker in. Upholstery time

Enclosure is done! Woo hoo! Perhaps tomorrow I can get the headunit in.

Where oh where to mount this noisy cricket…

This would almost be too crazy.

Yeah, what the hell. I’ll try this.

That has to be the easiest door panel I’ve ever pulled off in my life.

Might make a difference.

Time to make the donuts… I mean door speaker adapters.

I’m going to try a notched approach.

I have some Kilz. Perhaps that can prolong water absorption.

Wire management.

Looks like everything is powering up. I’m digging the Kenwood.

Looks like a car again.

Doors are done.

Done for today. All that’s left is to hook up everything in the hatch and start tweaking.

Seems to be a decent color match.

We have sound!

Now the months of tweaking can commence, but that’s the relaxing part.

The amp has its home. I even found a convenient spot for the bass level knob, which I don’t really want anyway.

I used a hole saw to cut a couple holes in the foam to pass the wires though. I glued in some copper pipes to trim it out, make it look better than just holes.

I started making my grill and cover board.

After all these months, I finally got around to the upholstery on the cover panel.

Now I just have to fab the stainless steel grill.

Working on the grill a bit.

Got all the stainless cut.

…and the grill.

I wonder if I could cook steaks on it. :yum:

Less branding makes me happy. I think I’m going to put the Z logo in the center.

Wrenching Fun with Frank

Here’s yet one more fun day from the past working on our Camaros with Frank.  Again, these poss can be found on Frank’s Blog Frank Forged.

Day 1782 “Bone Manor/D’Casa Nossy”

Geez, what a weekend…

I took a few days to visit Bone and Nossy to try and work on the Bone. It was a busy weekend. We did get to weld on my exhaust some. Here is a progress report of the past few days.

From the collection of parts I got from my memphis visit Laura gave me her stock filter box. I also found a 3.4 connecting tube that is almost an exact fit for a 90 elbow.

It came in the day before I left for GA. It looks pretty good to me. I like the fit and the ease of access too.

The 3.4 tube had to be trimmed about an 1in to connect to the elbow.

The bone took a lot more time than we thought mainly because I’m getting old and slow.

But we went ahead and chopped up my exhaust to weld in a MagnaFlow Y-pipe. just to see if all this talk about the flow of the y-pipe causes most of our rasp.

I got it up off the ground, looked at what we needed, and ran to the parts store

Jim was adamant that this wasn’t to big or too ricey. I failed to see his point.

Point of no return, chopping the pacesetter y-pipe.

Jim began welding up the pieces

This was also something we were going to change. This here makes way to much noise inside the car.

We got the Y-pipe and cat welded as well as the after muffler pipe.

We also cut and welded a flange to bolt the new y-pipe in instead of welding it to the stock cat back pipe. Here are some gratuitous action shots with the cutting wheel..

We got the rear pipe installed. This makes it so much quieter in the car. I can actually hear the sound of the exhaust vs the drone of the sound hitting the ground.

We got the y-pipe installed at about 10pm on sunday. I had to be back home for work the next day. :-\ It was a long ride home.

Last night however I got a chance to work on sealing the headers because we had to ditch the factory donuts.

I got a couple 2 bolt flange gaskets to stick between the ball and flange. it seems to seal them up pretty good.

I’m back in the camaro today. The exhaust sounds completely different and the underside looks pretty good. I’ll have to get some new exhaust video very soon.

Painting Fun with Frank

This has nothing to do with the Ghia, but it was a fun week painting a Camaro with Frank. This went down in April of 2014. Below is Frank’s post about the project from his blog Frank Forged.

His original blogs can be seen here.  Painting with Frank

Day 1387 “Things are about to go down.”

Jim is here and this is about to go down! This is how we left it before we called it a night. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day.

Day 1388 “The Painting Begins”

Today was a busy day!

Here are some pics of todays progress.

Sanding:

Booth floor:

Ready to spray!:

Primer:

Wet sanding:

Jim Posing while I Photobomb:

Day 1389 “Leaky Booth Problems”

8:44am: It was a very late night. We are crunched for time. We have 4 hours till rain sets in. Fingers crossed.

5:20pm: Waiting to dry then the shooting begins !!!!

5:29pm: Rain set in and we have to postpone the base coat spray since the booth sprang a leak.

 

Day 1390 “Painting is Done!”

Finally good painting weather.

Black is down.

Badged:

Bone Mask:

2 coats down:

All the coats of base are laid. We peeled off all the masking.

A couple coats of clear down:

Action Shot: (After I ran the second coat, I let the experience take over. Jim shot the final coat)

Final product. And the longer it cured the better it looks.

Got a few runs (my fault) it got cold quick and clear doesn’t like that.

Special Thanks to Jim who stuck it out until the Job was done. The Leak in the booth cost us a day but it came out great!

Day 1392 “The Unmasking”

Starting to unmask it:

I’ve almost got it back together. It’s so dirty from parts being outside in the dirt.

Ditching the fogs:

Dat AZZ!:

Look, it’s a chunk-o-clear.

Debadged, waiting for the new decal:

Just pics: (It needs a good color sanding and buff. You can see some spots where the finish isn’t perfect. Good thing it’s all a matter of time and effort to fix.)

Day 1393 “First Time Outside the Booth”

It has made its first trip outside the booth.

I spent all night putting it back together.

I repainted the mirrors, handles, and locks.

Putting the window seal back on is probably the scariest thing I had to do. Those clips are paint gougers.

Installed the locks and mirrors and put the doors handles back on

Rolled it outside. the booth is empty

Day 1394 “Back at Work”

I’ve had many people waiting for me to bring it to work so they can point out all the mistake we made :-\ “Haters.” But, people are pretty impressed with it overall. You can’t really say it doesn’t look good.

First sun shot:

Day 1397 “Color Sanding”

Well this weekend I started the color sanding. I sanded all the runs out. There’s a few spots I’ll have to touch up later but you will never notice them.

First, the aftermarket fender chipped the front of my door. I had this problem before with that fender. This is part of the reason I swapped it to a factory one. The deer strongly suggested that I not use that factory fender.

Sanding down with 800:

Then 1000 and then 1500. It’s getting very smooth.

This week I’ll be working on it, Sanding with 2000 and then the compounds. Hopefully by the weekend it’ll be shiny once again.

Day 1405 “Polish”

Sunday I tried to polish on the car a bit, Unsuccessful might I add.

I’ve got to get a more powerful polisher and better compound. The off the shelf compound doesn’t work for this kind of polishing.

…and the finished product!