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Old 06-17-2014, 04:33 AM
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T-Fade don't do pretty, but I guess I'll do a build log since I never do them anymore and you guys can see what I'm working on.

After winning Street Beat 1 last year in the CRX, I decided to move up to Street Beat 2. You can get away with SB1 in a CRX since you're only allowed (3) batts and (2) 10's. But SB2 steps up to (5) batts and (4) 10's or (3) 12's. Adding up the weight... I didn't think the little 62hp CRX was going to hack it so I sold the little SPL retard locally and picked up an XCab truck.

This is Smooshy. She's a '93 Dodge Dakota with a '95 5.9L motor.



First order of business was to strip the bish down. Blank canvas.



Deadener is sort of a hit and miss proposition when it comes to SPL. But Tantric Gator Skin is a safe bet since it adds rigidity and mass loads. Stuff is no joke. This is next to AudioTechnix 80mil.



One layer on the floor.



One on the roof.



Ground work is done. I set about gathering the foundation of the build- the electrical. I decided on Juicebox for batts. The personal service I get with JB is second only to Tantric. Kevin Ross was Johnny on the spot with all of my annoying requests. I don't regret my decision one bit. They have been performing very well.

I got a couple extra.



Alternator was a no brainer for me. Ohio Generator all the way.

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Being an adult with annoyances like, you know... a job and kids and shit, I have to ration out my time a little at a time. I can only work on the truck an hour or two per session and since I was driving it a good bit, I had to get the front in so I could have a little something.

80prs in the dash.



PPi phantom 900.4 under the driver's seat.



Tantric coax in some custom deadener baffles. Yes... that's how I roll.



I put Rose Auto accessories on the job of my buss bars. Progress pic.



Well... let's get into this shit. Let me go ahead and say that this is my first wall build. Ever. Yes... I have some amazing resources to tap into for info and/or help, but I'm stubborn and did this shit without them- for better or worse.

Floor and some uprights. I had it in my head that I was going to make these "cubbies' for the seat belts. And they would double as mounting points for everything. It turned into an incredible pain in the ass. But whatever.



Moving right along. If you've never done a wall build and you just look at build logs, it always seems like these panels just fly up on their own. That... is definitely not the case. This shit is meticulous getting angle right and making sure everything is structurally sound and solid. Double layers everywhere.



You can kinda see the overview of the seat belt cubby above. Here's a better shot from the back of the truck looking forward.



These little side windows will take a beating so the hinges have to go. I don't know if you've ever used window weld, but it is the devil. But they aren't going anywhere now.



Tailgate took a hit from the circular saw.



No worries. Happen to have body filler around

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Like I said... this is my first wall. And I honestly don't know how people usually do their roof, but I assume it's usually just a "top" on a box and then trimmed out. Well, I didn't want to do it that way. I was bound and determined to make this a shell so it could remain modular. So this is what I came up with- I used 1/4" one layer at a time and kinda formed it to the truck.



Another layer, another beer while it dries.



Like I said... I don't know if other people do it this way or not, but (6) layers later... bish is pretty damn solid. Little foam here and there never hurt either.



Since that is a hot mess, little body filler will smooth it out. You'll also notice a 2x4 got added.





Ok. Roof is done. It's time to get into flush trim shit. This... is much harder than it looks. Well, for me at least.

Top, back corner.



Bottom back corners. I've started 'glassing the joints by now.



This is where the body panels angle in.



Probably don't need all those flush trim pics, but that shit takes some time (and beer).

Like I said... I don't do pretty. But there's time to dress it up. Just raw 'glass in all the joints.

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Buss bars showed up.



As did my powa. This should be good for now.



Toolbox from Tractor Supply for the batts. I need to start getting that shit in, but I'm waiting on my wire.



Speaking of wire... hello! Sky High 2/0. I got 200ft.



SounDrive RCA's. These things are awesome. No splitters for me. Custom made to length with triple interconnects. Tantric orange and black is a nice touch too, don't you think?



Toolbox in and mounted.



Running wire.



Two runs + and -





Gotta have somethin to hook all that wire to so, Ohio Gen...



... meet Juicebox

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Hey! It's the s10....lol I kidding of course.

Def tuned in. Would like to see a Mod on here do a build....esp yours.

One of the reasons for a extended cab...they can get oh so loud easily
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I guess I need to get back to the shell...

As I usually do, I changed my mind halfway through and decided that the port side would be better off without the stupid seat belt cubby. So out comes the sawzall. This hurt a little.



Oh well. That's done. Let's work on the port corner. It's tough to see, but that's 12" Sonotube in the corner and Bondo over it. New layers on that side too.



Here's the obligatory sanding and making a mess pic. That's my boy Stuart. He put in a lot of work on this bish too. Many, many thanks be to him. He's a woodworking wiz and a very willing build buddy. Bonus: he has a nice covered shop.



Safety first!



After all of that, it looked a little something like this. But much sexier in person, believe it or not.



This whole time, I knew it was going to be (3) 12's, but I was going back and forth on the alignment. So, shit on it... Bandpass it is. Baffle.



Time to work on the port. Pretty simple really. 2x4's and some PVC and bingo bango... loudness.



Skipping ahead a little bit... HDD's mounted for the time being. And since I burned up one of my amps during testing, I had to back up and punt to 1 ohm and only 1 amp

I wasn't even gonna paint it, but my son said let's paint it black, so...



Nobody ever accused me of using too little tape. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

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The moment of truth...

I slapped on a single layer baffle just to see if the sum'bish was gonna make noise.

She did.

3 layers, all thread and some gangster ass screws later...

One amp burp score (outlaw).



Show debut...





Windshield hates me and gave up.



.gif from the show.



More to come, but that's where the truck is as of right now.
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Wowsers....good score.
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pretty ain't all it's cracked up to be
nice work

thanx for sharing
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How about 3 10" shd's?!
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