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Old 05-30-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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Yup, figured it was time to start a build thread. Plans are many but funds are few so it'll be one of them long term builds. But aren't they all?

Please feel free to ask any questions, be more than happy to answer any you may have.

So a few pic's of the light bar I made to start out. Total cost was zero for this build, my favorite kind, eh? Every thing was laying around the garage so it wa quick and painless. I was not thinking of doing a build thread at the time so the pics are few.





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Next up was something my wife asked about me doing to her Exploder and I thought it would be great for Taz as well. Camo is a family tradition around our house so it was bound to make its way to Taz.

One thing you have to think about when covering interior parts like this it the stretch of the fabric, if it does not stretch you will fight it the whole way. Some materials like vinyl can be heated and "worked" but this can be tricky. For mine I used a T shirt I had, mostly because I liked the pattern.

A before pic to set the mood...



Honestly I picked the center panel to do first simply because it comes out so easy, a quick tug and its out. The vents need to come out, a simple twist will pop them out of the holders.



After a good cleaning with some Dawn its ready to go.

I placed the shirt over the panel to get an idea where the pattern will lay. I wanted as much of the pine needles showing so I adjusted for that. From here I trim the material somewhat close, not to much but I don't want to fight a bunch of material.




Glue of choice for this is 3M 80. 77 may work too but this is what I had. Read the label to check for compatibility with the material you are using.



I placed the material where I wanted it and then folded back the material to expose the back side and panel. You want to work in sections and take your time, also note that the fumes will make you loopy so have a fan nearby or do this outside.



I like to use two light coats of glue, it will dry faster on the fabric so spray it last.



Most of the time I wait until the glue is good and tacky but for this I want it bit wet still. This will allow for some adjustment/smoothing as I go. Once the side is done I do the other. Here I am only really working on the face of the panel, the sides I do separately.



Now I can flip it over and work on the edges, another coat of glue and I'm good to go. You need at least 3/4" of material to wrap the edges but more will make life easy. Relief cuts will be needed here and there, I cut the material just shy of the edge to help cover in the corners.




For the holes in the middle I make a sort of X cut in the material, once again I cut it short so the corners get covered. Looking back I should have left the material just little bit looser, it would have made these corners much easier to work.




For the vent area's I did not want glue to be around the piviot points so some masking tape was in order.



Ta da! I had a few places that did not stick too good but the wife's hair dryer fixed that up. Popped in the vents (snug fit now) and installed it back in Taz. My mind immediately started thinking of what to cover next. lol.



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Wow! That is amazing. Never would have thought to do that to a console. You blew my mind and I applaud your genius. It came out really good. I really like that
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Thanks! I am very happy with the results for sure.

My son thinks the headliner needs to be done as well, I totally agree with him. As soon as I can find the material it shall be done. I think I'll do a "How too" thread on that one, I bet a lot of folks would like to see how that is done. Fairly simple to do as well.
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Oops, thought I replied to this....guess not.

DW, I REALLY like that lightbar. I would really appreciate it if you could post up or shoot me the specs, measurements, info, more pics, and everything on it. It looks awesome.

I will be getting some cheap LEDs at the end of the summer to put on and I will need a lightbar up front. Yours looks amazing. And I think I can make it myself.
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Thanks! I am very happy with the results for sure.

My son thinks the headliner needs to be done as well, I totally agree with him. As soon as I can find the material it shall be done. I think I'll do a "How too" thread on that one, I bet a lot of folks would like to see how that is done. Fairly simple to do as well.
Ill be watching for that how too thread. I just started noticing that my headliner is falling down/apart and i want to redo it. Also the dash looks great!
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Hey, is that a taser or a radar detector down there? lol
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Thanks! I am very happy with the results for sure.

My son thinks the headliner needs to be done as well, I totally agree with him. As soon as I can find the material it shall be done. I think I'll do a "How too" thread on that one, I bet a lot of folks would like to see how that is done. Fairly simple to do as well.
Ya you deff should. I know I would like to see it done. I have all kinds of ideas going through my head on what can be done and what I want to do now.
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Awesome Light bar. Would love some specs.

Have you thought of a design for a lightbar on the front end?

Also I love the idea that you used an old T-Shirt to give the center console a face lift. Gives me ideas for other areas of the interior.
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Oops, thought I replied to this....guess not.

DW, I REALLY like that lightbar. I would really appreciate it if you could post up or shoot me the specs, measurements, info, more pics, and everything on it. It looks awesome.

I will be getting some cheap LEDs at the end of the summer to put on and I will need a lightbar up front. Yours looks amazing. And I think I can make it myself.
I can come up with something, at least get y'all close. I didn't really use a tape or anything like that. lol Just kind of winged it.

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Ill be watching for that how too thread. I just started noticing that my headliner is falling down/apart and i want to redo it. Also the dash looks great!
Thanks! Seems like a lot of folks are having the same problem with the headliner, makes sense I guess. I am on the look out for some material.

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Hey, is that a taser or a radar detector down there? lol
Brake controller for the trailer. Back when it was in my other truck I had a cop try to tell me it was a radar detector (in a state its illegal) and I couldn't help but laugh.

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Ya you deff should. I know I would like to see it done. I have all kinds of ideas going through my head on what can be done and what I want to do now.
See my next post, I did some more. lol

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Awesome Light bar. Would love some specs.

Have you thought of a design for a lightbar on the front end?

Also I love the idea that you used an old T-Shirt to give the center console a face lift. Gives me ideas for other areas of the interior.
Yes I did think of somethings for the bumper, my problem is the material I have is sort of heavy. I'm saving that for the new bumper.


I should mention that like most of us around this great country I am pretty much just getting by, with a wife, two kids and a house, two part time jobs is just barely enough for the house. As such, one has to be crafty and think out side the box.

A budget build? What is a budget?
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So did some more camo this weekend, Saturday brought some rain and ruined a great day of fishing. So as we were coming home (soaked to the bone) we decided the shifter and 4x selector trim should be done along with the arm rests.



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So I pulled the tape and took some pics for the light bar. If I missed something let me know.

To start with I wanted the bar to be even with the roof rack about the second roof rib. So this is where my measurements come in.



My bar is made from 1 5/8" od pipe, measurements are to the bottom. The measurement at the drip rail is approximate, kind of hard to measure that by myself. lol Also, the top measurement is long to long point of the angles of the pipe.



The supports are made up of three pieces and then the hold downs were made after the fit was good.
Note that I scratched the hell out of the paint. If you have a friend to help out it be would be a huge plus during the fit up process!



The top plate is 2" x 5" x 3/16" with the legs 2" long. I placed the legs behind the plate 3/4" and welded them all the way around.



The legs are made up from 1/4" thick slices of 6" 'S' I beam. S beams are mostly used for overhead cranes and have a tapered Top and bottom. For this purpose it just adds some style. Plus I had them and they fit awesome with some light grinding.




I did some cutting and welding to join the two legs together and then welded them to the 2" x 5" plate.

If you used 3/16" thick material it will slide in the drip rail with no modification necessary.

Once all of this was tacked up I noticed that the plate was actually pointing outwards. Just plain looked silly, ya know? Using my bench vice and the torch I made a few slight bends in the legs and plate to get a more inward lean to the uprights. When they were at a likable angle I measured up the pipe. I like to take two measurements, one a short to short and a long to long measurement. ( I dearly miss my saws at the fab shop!) I use a cut off wheel to cut the pipe so having these two measurements helps me lay it all out.

Once it was tacked in place I double checked the fit and burned it all in. While it cooled down some I scrounged around my garage and found an old section of hand rail that had some 1/2" pickets. Two one inch pieces of that and some 1/2" x 1" x 1/8" spacers makes up the clamp holder. Keep it simple, right?



The clamp is made up of a bolt I cut the head off of and two pieces of 1/8" plate. The angle here is an Acute one so regular angle iron will not work to easy. Also note that there is like a 1/16" clearance on the door with the 1/8" material.




The light tabs are some pre made ones I had from the old VW days. I like them since they have three surfaces to weld, this keeps that tab and light solid.

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Great writeup, thanks. If I have more questions I will be coming back to ask you...lol.

I may mod it a tad, like use thinner material for the clamp by the door, or lower it all a bit, but I like the orig design and think it looks pretty good.
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Thanks! Feel free bud.

I have plans of hauling my boat a time or too, otherwise I would have made it hug the roof line better. That may have cut down on the howl it creates. lol
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Love it man, Looks great. Nice clean weld job and i love the design for the clamp. Very simple and reliable, little to go wrong. Still love the camo.


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