I have began my winter project for this year, which is making the trunk in my Chevelle look decent. Which isn't going to be hard based on what it looks like now
The first thing I'm going to do is address the rust on the floor. After that is done I want to build and upholster panels that will enclose the trunk to make it look finished. I'd like to use 1/4" MDF or perhaps some sort of plywood for the base construction of the panels. Probably no fiberglass on this project.
I've been doing a bunch of looking around at different projects people have done, and it seems pretty straight forward. But - I wanted to get some input from this group about how to build this thing out. I figured if anyone is going to know what the common gotcha's are along the way it would be you folks.
I'll attach pictures of the trunk in the before state, and where I am now which is empty. The pictures will show all of the equipment that has to go back into the trunk when it's finished. I'll talk some about what the options are there.
In the left corner there is a nitrous tank. The tank that is in there right now is pretty long and will not fit in there if not at an angle. I'm considering using smaller, shorter tanks but using two of them in this new build, along with a bracket like so:
In the right corner, there is a battery hold down. The old one is just too plain looking so I already have this waiting to go in:
In the center is the fuel cell. I've toyed with the idea of replacing this one with an aluminum cell to make it look a bit more clean once the install is done. It almost has to stay in the same place, and be the same shape to work in the trunk with the bars though.
Last but not least, tucked way up in the trunk ahead of the fuel cell even is an old school Rockford Fosgate 400a4 amp to power the rear 6x9 speakers. There are no front speakers. This is an amp that I just found hanging out in my garage from many years ago that just so happened to work, so this is what I used. Along with a JL audi BT connector so that I did not have to cut a hole in the dash for a head unit. I just play muisc off of my phone.
I'll attach some pictures here for reference of what I've just talked about above. Anyway, if anyone has any input, or perhaps some 101 type of learning material about building these types of enclosures please let me know. Also, if there are any design ideas that stick out that would look nice, also throw those out there. I'm really not the creative type so not 100% sure how all of this would fit best back there. The current plan is to put it all back in the same place except for the amp and BT connector, those would get mounted up on the side panel on the passenger side.