Customer’s S13 Radio Trim w/(4) AEM 52mm Gauges & Greddy TT

Posted: September 22, 2012 in Custom Interior Fabrication, Toby Broadfield's Work
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Finally had a customer request molding something into the radio trim bezel of a S13. The customer wanted the four AEM 52mm gauges flush mounted in the double din area where the radio/pocket normally reside. However, the gauges will not really fit in that opening… especially flushing them in. So I enlarged the area and bonded a 3/4″ piece of MDF into the opening. I went ahead and marked/routed out the gauge locations prior to bonding. At this time I also cut the opening to flush in the Greddy turbo timer. Once the MDF plate was bonded/cured, I took a couple different sanders and sanded down the MDF plate to match the contour of the S13 trim panel. At first glance it simply looks flat across the entire thing… but it’s not. And since the bottom gauges extend down so far, it gets into to the curved area right before where the shifter opening is.

All bonded and shaped:

Next I used a thin coat of body filler to fill in any imperfections. Sanded that all down then hit the panel with several coats of high build primer. Once that fully cured I wet sanded it with 500 grit:

Several coats of SEM Landau black and we have a finished product. Note: I also coat the back with several coats to prevent the MDF from absorbing any moisture at all.

Comments
  1. A Tang says:

    Just wondering, what do you use for sanding? To you hand sand or use blocks/DA sander?

  2. danny says:

    that is beautiful dude well done

  3. danny says:

    Could you please tell me the dimensions of a stock s13 dash in this section, inside the climate control and stereo area ? cant find anywhere

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