Sunday, January 30, 2011

Air bagging a MK3 Cabrio

This build was definitely a challenge incorporating a 12 in. sub, amp and all the necessary items for the airride and did I mention the spare tire was also kept. No big deal, right? It is if you are putting in a trunk space the size of a bread box.

The sub box was first built and placed in the trunk with the speaker firing towards the rear seat. With the seat folded down you are able to access and see the 12 in. sub. The amp then was piggy backed to the side of the box to save room. Next a false wall was created to clean up the look of the box and hide it from plain site. One it was in place the mounting board was made for what would hold the 3 gallon Aluminum tank, 2 Viair 400c compressors, Airlift manifolds as well as the autopilot brain and relays. A false floor was the fitted to the top to expose half of the tank and hide the rest of the components.
The tank was painted House of Kolors Coca Pearl (color matched BBS RM's wheels to follow). Some trick graphics were layed down to tie in the cowgirl pin-up upholstered fabric the customer had picked out to finish off the trunk.
The Autopilot controller was painted flat black to blend in with the factory console area and mounted n the bottom tray next to the cup holders.
The front Airlift rear chapman style bags and shocks were installed feed by 1/4 airline and the front Double below Airlift Xl's were installed as well with 3/8's airline. A c-nocth was then done to bring the cabrio to the ground.


Friday, January 7, 2011

Yard Art- Tiki's

Some of you might remember a few months back that I did a Tiki themed limbo bar. A customer loved the tiki's and wanted some done for his tropical inspired back yard. This is why I love what I do. Something different everyday.

Here are some pics as it starts out as a blank piece of wood.

It being sketched out.

Frame C-notch on MK6 Jetta

Got the first opportunity to notch a Jetta Mk6 on air. 
Hers it is as follows.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Old skool truck+Old skool Stereo=Recycled

Seems kind of funny to post this but it just seemed right. This is a work/tow rig for the customers show truck and he wasn't completely happy with the stock 2 door speakers and cassette player. It's a 2000 Chevy 3/4 ton crewcab long bed and the customer had collected some freebies, hand me downs and good deals on these components. Just seems fitting it was period correct.
For those that remember the Kenwood KVT-911 TV head unit that started it all it was installed in the factory location, almost out dated because the TV turner doesn't even work due to the new digital standards. The 10 disc changer ( old version of a MP3 ) player was installed where the factory airbag would have been on 1/2 ton trucks but the 3/4 ton and 1 tons were not required to have them at this time.
New Rockford Fosgate mids and highs were installed in the front factory locations and the rear needed a little bit of cutting to were there would have been speakers. Next a sub box was built using MDF board and factory matching carpet to go behind the seat. The Rockford Fosgate 12-P3S was counter sunk into the box to help protect the speaker a little bit better.
Last, a Rockford Fosgate amp was run to power the single sub and a JL Audio 4 channel amp was used to power the mid's and highs. Both were mounted on a simple amp rack next to the sub.

I can honestly say this one brought back some memories. LOL!