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Bloomington, Indiana
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Alot of changes...

By tomdg

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I last left with the ideas of my sun-roof sparkling system to flash little shimmers of light upwards out of my non-working sunroof... Thats been scrapped as I'm going to be adding a roof-scoop and LCD-screen in it's place...

Here is a list of the changes I've gotten done...

- Customized my door panels, they are now black with purple inserts

- Mounted my tweeters for the component set in the mirror-panel

-Hid the Pheonix Gold 6.5 components and cross-overs in the doors

-I've got 2 6.5" alpine Type-R components in my rear-deck

-a custom-console fiberglassed, waiting to be finished with the stock console.

-I've added a little bit of bass to my car via 2 12" RF-P2 subwoofers and a 760w (RMS) amplifier...

-I've got my 2 hood-vents functional

-re-ran all the stock speaker-wire with 14ga aftermarket speaker wire...

It's just me, my brother in law and a good friend Paco who's working on this, and my budget is the primary dictation in this project. Things are coming along at a steady pace. I'll have some pictures to show shortly of the work we've gotten done thus far.

Really want to emphisise how much this site is a form of creative drive for me, I see certain things on cars, or see some of these cars 'shock factor' and say to myself, wow... No matter how much money, time, or people you have working on a car, it really takes the love of the art to create something truly amazing.

SunRoof Sparkler

By tomdg

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Got all wiring mounted, an additional toggle in my little toggle-cluster design, and demonstrated the theory and equipment. Appears mounting of the motors-gears-braces will be my primary concern. Tomorrow I'm going to see if the original sunroof-motor location can be worked out somehow... Never thought mechanical-physics would be such an issue for installs. Seen it on TV, never assumed I'd have the ambition to attempt to add any physical motion to my projects. I am taking pics as I do it, anyways, wish me luck for tomorrows attempt..

Wow...

By tomdg

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I've just discovered my camera-cord, I should have some pics up shortly. Tomorrow I'll be mounting my floor-board lighting, purchasing the equipment for my custom sunroof/sparkler install, and will hopefully get the wiring for it ran. Won't get the hardware in till the weekend... Anyways, yea, now ya'll can see my damned car, it's not impressive till night-time... I'm an electronics person, and my audio-system would be hard to showcase online. All I can say is I've staged it to 2.5ft above the center-console, have 4 component-sets (with crossovers, bass blockers and tweet/woofer combination) and have had to build up the 2-rear speakers for staging. I do have subs, 2 12" and a 900wRMS amp, but it's turn basically all the way down. I'm a metal lover, and enjoy feeling when they kick the bass drum. I can tweak it for that 'boom boom' experience, but it's just so damned played out.

My sunroof/sparkler install is as follows..

I've got a broken sunroof, and just don't miss my T-Tops enough to get it fixed when I compare the enjoyment I'd have out of using this as a unique electronics task...

$75 (8 'pure white' leds, 1 controller, 2 motors, 6 Quarts prisms, all hardware/wiring and blue reflective tape..

I'm permanently sealing my sunroof, removing all hardware for it's functionality, and replacing the stock 'switch' with my 8-switch electronics control panel..

I'm going to mount 8 white LEDs around the edge of my sunroof, then placing 2 servos, with 180 degree (auto reverse) turning, mounting 3 quartz crystals to each... Placing blue-reflective barrier along the top of my 'headliner-slider-damnit' (which will also be my 'access' panel for construction, then hooking it all up to one of my electronics-control panel switches... With any luck a blue/white 'glisten' will rediate from the top of my car... It's an idea I thought of years ago with the T-Tops to my 300zx, just never came to fruition.. I've got the skills for this, if you have the patience I'll hopefully have a video up within a couple of weeks of it functioning... Please note I may use 2 normal motor, and slow them down.. I'm thinking just slowing 2 normal-motors down to a 30RPM speed, and mounting the crystals should produce the same 'twinkle' effect, I'm just hoping for the 'rebound' look of the servos. I've gotta visit the local RC-Airplane store before I decide on the motor assembly, I'll also try to document as much of it as possible as a few people here in town have shown alot of interest in this idea.


We'll see how this turns out, I may get a simple task (like sealing it) done, then think of something different, this is merely what I've got on paper now.
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