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#1 SPD

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:25 PM

I bought my Sera all ready converted, but I was not satisfied of its
dashboard. The ugly dashboard could be the reason why its previous
owner decided to sell it to me. The dashboard needed to be reinvented.
Because its original shape could not be known and some of its parts
were all ready missing, the only advantage to me seemed I did not have
to do anything about the steering mechanism.


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This was how the dashboard looked like when I bought it. It had cracks
and some parts were poorly shaped. The fiberglass workmanship was very
poor.



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The Remaking Process
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I unscrewed the ugly dashboard out of the car.

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Similar to unearthing a fossilized dinosaur, I used a hammer and
chisel to get to the original parts of the dashboard.


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This is how the car looks like without the dashboard.
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The Fiber Glass Process
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In rebuilding the dashboard, the original parts should be screwed back
into the car to make sure it will fit perfectly when the fiberglass
gets hard. The fiberglass will hold it all into one solid dashboard.


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Measuring tool and leveler are very important in this process.

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Cardboard as mold was also a great help in completing the dashboard structure.

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FIBER GLASS being done in this picture.

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The pieces are almost connected to each other.

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Here, the pieces are now one solid dashboard, but still very ugly. It
was unscrewed out of the car for more fiberglass retouching and
reinforcement.

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Here is it after refining and retouching.

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In making lines, embedded twin wire can be a very clean canal.

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Now, the most exciting process - Coloring Process.

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BOOM!!! http://www.omicron.u..._DIR#/smile.png

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**************************************************** BACK FITTED TO THE CAR **************************************************

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FINALMENTE ! This is it as of now http://www.omicron.u..._DIR#/smile.png


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"If you can't make it good, at-least make it look good."

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:53 PM

That's probably one of the cleanest conversions I've seen yet

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 10:12 PM

That is literally perfect
Do you have any pictures of under the bonnet as I have seen people have moved the brake cylinder over and steering column

Do you also have some more pictures of it being a working progress, I'd like to see how it was done

As I parked in the disabled bay the other day someone shouted over

 

"Hey, what's your disability ?"

 

I shouted back, "tourettes now F**K OFF !!"


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:27 AM

VERY CLEAN AND COOLEST JOB SEEN SO FAR
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:50 PM

Oh my word....

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:32 PM

Well done - looks good.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:46 PM

Do you still have the Air Con ??
Obviously the steering will be going through the bulkhead roughly where the air con stuff was.

Would be interesting to see it working

As I parked in the disabled bay the other day someone shouted over

 

"Hey, what's your disability ?"

 

I shouted back, "tourettes now F**K OFF !!"


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Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:56 PM

Yes, I still have aircon. I am not the one who did the aircon. A lot
of shortcuts were made but it is working well. What do you mean,
bulkhead? I can take a photo of it if you wish. Unfortunately, I
didn't see what other stuff was in there. I can tell you nothing about
aircon stuffs on both sides. The aircon is at the center. One thing I
regret with my dash conversion is I forgot to fabricate accessibility
to the aircon. It would be difficult if my aircon fails in the future.


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Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:12 PM

Bulkhead / Firewall

It's ok, on a normal Sera if the aircon component behind the dashboard fails you have to remove the dash anyway, so it's just like original :wizard:

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:44 AM

Here is under the steering firewall. Mine is Automatic Transmission there is only 2 pedal. From left is the BRAKE PEDAL, next is the STEERING cross joint, at the right is the ACCELERATION PEDAL, and the most right you see is the AIRCON INTAKE FAN. I wish to put an air filter in there. The dashboard covers a lot, I cannot able to take picture of the steering braces.


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:56 AM

Wow 100% for effort

This is brilliant

I would love to do this to a sera to give to my girlfriends brother

You have done a fantastic job

As I parked in the disabled bay the other day someone shouted over

 

"Hey, what's your disability ?"

 

I shouted back, "tourettes now F**K OFF !!"


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:07 AM

Now my sera is running good. I discovered a noise from the aircon fan. how your aircon do guys? are your aircon fans internal, or at the back fo firewall?. some car aircons system of today are outside so you wont hear any noise from the fan. 


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:58 AM

I guess it depends on how much of the original dash componentry they re-used of the Sera, the blower motor is the large circular piece wich has screws at it's base (three??)



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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:03 AM

I guess it depends on how much of the original dash componentry they re-used of the Sera, the blower motor is the large circular piece wich has screws at it's base (three??)

 

maybe my a/c motor bearing is so worn out.


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:50 AM

The blower fan in your last photo doesn't look like the standard one



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