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First some background: I picked the 97 rivi with this build in mind. I have always liked the style of the car, and thought it would make a great platform for a great sound quality system. The car is a daily driver and I will be competing in the MECA sound quality organization.

Here are a few pics of the car.







The exterior of the car is VERY modified.....here is a link if you are interested in the exterior build.

Write-Up: Front & Rear Bumper Modification

Anyway, on with the build:

First I had to strip the interior down to the metal and apply sound deadening material.

I installed seats from a Jaguar s-type. I also relocated the seat rails further back and a little closer to the middle of the car.

Stock seat (blue) slid all the way back, and new seat (black) also slid all the way back.



Here is the new back seat.




I also installed a steering wheel from a cadillac cts. The buttons have been rewired to operate the pioneer dexp9 deck, navigation, and dvd changer. Ignore the dash in the background, the plan has changed since then.




Back to the dash. Now I started laying out framework for the basic shape of the dash.







 

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Now for some foam blocks to help define the shape of the dash.







ready for some resin and glass.





Got the dash out. Worked out great. Five bolts hold the top of the dash in ( screwed through the piece of right angle steel). It is solid when it is in and it is easy to remove. I'm very pleased so far.

Let me apologize for the mess in the shop. I have twice as many projects going on as I have room for. That always seems to be the case though.


Anyway, smoothed the foam, taped off the back to get a good fit to the windshield, and applied 4 layers of fiberglass cloth to the rear part of the dash. Then applied another 4 layers to the entire piece. It should be plenty strong now. Once this cures I will trim the edges, reinstall in the car, and proceed to the next step.





Working on the gauge cluster now. Again with the foam.





 

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I removed the form from the dash to remove the tape and foam. Then replaced the form on the dash and applied a couple more layers of fiberglass. Now the gauge pod is permanently attached to the dash.







This will eventually be a large grill for the speakers that will be installed under it. Time to set this aside for now. On to the stuff that will be under this piece.

Here is the idea. I will be putting a B&W 15" sub in a 3cf enclosure in the center of the dash and an 8" scanspeak midbass in each corner of the dash.

Here is the plan for the sub.



You can also see in this pic the HAT L4se that is in a .3cf enclosure in the base of the a-pillar.

Here is the beginning of the sub enclosure.



 

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The level of skill and knowledge you have is, honest to God, the highest I've known of anyone. You also have the highest level of patience of anyone I've ever known as well. ;)

Excited to see this build in it's entirety and very happy about you getting back in the lanes after all these years. Glad to call you and friend and mentor.
 

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Moving to the amps......


Here are some pics of the amps being modified by Matt Roberts. They are four zapco reference 200.2 amps stuffed into two reference 650.6 heat sink chassis. Each 650.6 chassis is about three feet long. The amps were put into the larger heat sinks to help dissipate the heat more efficiently.







All that is left for these is to attach the covers and end plates.


These amps are for the tweeters, midrange and midbass drivers. One amp for each speaker.
I also have a reference 1100.1 for the sub (also in a 650.6 chassis).

I have a tendency to try to hide the audio components as much as possible, so here is the plan.

Here are two amplifier chassis placed back to back to try to save some space, after all these things are NOT small. This is a lot of amp to try to hide.







The idea is to make a motorized drawer under the rear deck in the trunk.

First I will be removing the end plates from the amps and making new ones that will span both amps attaching them together.



I will be attaching drawer rails to the amp rack to allow it to slide from under the rear deck to reveal the amps.





This is going to be a tight fit, but if it was easy everyone would do it right. At least that is what I keep telling myself.
 

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Here is the new end cap. 16ga steel, should be plenty strong.



Now both amps are attached together to make one huge amplifier.





Got some 1/2" square tube steel for the framework of the drawer.

Here is the base for the amplifiers. I stink at welding, but I can grind, fill, and paint..... ;)





Checking fit and marking mounting locations.






Amp mounted to the base.



 

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Rails mounted to the amp.



Plenty of travel.



Now to move into the trunk to make the mounts and locate the rails.

Got the amp rack mocked up today. Still have a lot of work on the mount in the trunk, but this is the idea.

Here is the amp drawer in the "closed" position. Looks fairly stock. :D







Here is a lower angle.



Here the wire cover is clamped in place to check clearance. I don't want the amp scraping on the trunk as the drawer opens.



Here is the drawer in the "open" position.

 

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The wood is to just there to support the weight until I finish with the brackets in the trunk.







No more wood supporting the amplifier, the mounting fabrication is finished.

Its not easy to hide 2000 watts worth of amplifier, but I am happy with the results. The rack is very sturdy. When the trim panels for the trunk are done you won't be able to see anything at all. ;)













Now I just have to get the actuator and limit switches and the rack will be motorized.
 

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Holy $hit Man! Talk about mad fab skills. Can't wait to see this done.

I'm almost embarrassed to show my work after seeing this. :)
 

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/scrolls through post/

hmmm... nice lookin' car......

/scrolls some more/

Cool, a totally new dash.......

/scrolls some more/

Wait..... what the! /faints/

I don't know what's more impressive - that you're installing a 15" in the dash or that you can fit a 3 cubic foot enclosure up there!!


SUB'd!
 

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Absolutely stunning install, bravo! Will be checking back every day for updates!
 
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