Custom S14 Climate Control/Vent Trim Panel Part 2

Posted: April 12, 2011 in Custom Interior Fabrication, Toby Broadfield's Work
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In part 2 of the series, I will discuss what I did with the Greddy Profec B boost controller. The customer wanted it in the middle replacing the rear defrost button and hazard button. Now this is nothing new, I have seen it done before. However, I’m going to 1-up “them” by giving it what I consider a completed look. Everyone that does it pulls the two middle buttons and drops the Greddy piece in there…. and that’s it. It looks alright for sure, but I want it to look like it came from Nissan that way. Also, my customer wanted to maintain the hazard switch and ditch the security light on the right side. Which meant I simply needed to slide the hazard switch over one spot to the right. The only problem with this is that the center buttons don’t have the exterior rounded corner like the outer buttons… we’ll fix that in a bit.

Here is a picture to illustrate the gaps around the Greddy piece and where he wanted the hazard button:

This will show the difference between the corners on the right side. I need to shave the right, upper corner of the hazard switch a little, to better mimic the corner of the security light:

Some careful grinding to get it closer to the correct radius. I couldn’t get it the same, but close. If I would have went any further it would have ground all the way through the plastic and made a hole. Test fitted and it works perfect. I then took some Graphite Gray SEM paint and touched it up:

Next is filling in the gaps and making it all look OEM. I used some 1/4″ ABS to fill on each side and along the bottom between the sides:

Then made a center lower piece to match the contour of the sides:

Glued it all in place then test fit it for final inspection:

Rough sanded the entire thing down to make sure it was going to finish off the way I wanted. Note: there is obviously a ton of finishing work to be done… filling little seams, texture, paint etc.

Next up will be the S-AFC mounting in the middle where the climate controls previously called home.

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