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Old 11-22-2015, 08:30 PM
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Default Forming aluminum

If you've been keeping up with my build long, you know I've got a center console being put in. As of tonight it's now mounted, leaving me with the final step; constructing the switch panel; as I elected to do this part dead last.

The piece I'm working with:


The aluminum in there is from an expired license plate, cut to size. However, there's a problem. When tightened down, there's a gap at the bottom. When pushed, the gap obviously goes away. I've bent, and bent, and bent, and bent, but no luck. No matter what way I bend what, that gap refuses to go away.

So, defeated for the night, does anyone have any aluminum tips?
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Old 11-24-2015, 04:26 PM
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Are the lower sides too tight, pushing it up? Sorry, got nothing else.
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Old 11-24-2015, 05:50 PM
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The console itself is the issue. The cubby holes aren't straight. The divider where the space is isn't flat. It dips in the middle giving you that gap. You mostlikely won't be able to get rid of it. May have to just deal with it or cut a bigger piece of aluminum to cover the space

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Personally I believe a better place for switches would have been the tissue hole. So you could have kept the cubby.
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Old 11-24-2015, 09:38 PM
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That certainly explains a lot. And my first thought was to put switches there, however, I opted to stick my rgb strip to the coin tray for light to jet out onto the cup holders.

A bonus of doing it this way, is the section I cut out, someone had put a hot cigarette in there, melting the bottom of the covered cubby. So I lost nothing with that.
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Old 11-24-2015, 10:15 PM
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Bondo the cubby, sand, paint. Done.
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Old 11-25-2015, 02:45 AM
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Secure the Al sheet to a bracket that you fab and install in the correct location on the backside of that cubby. Then secure the Al to your bracket with a couple of itty bitty, stainless steel (or Al, if available) carriage bolts (screws, cuz they're so small).

*Option: get some double sided 3M bodyside molding/emblem tape (for reliable results, only 3M brand, and not a cheap china clone) and use that instead of the carriage bolts. That stuff is wicked strong and it's not going to get hot enough in the vehicle to degrade that adhesive.
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Old 11-26-2015, 05:13 PM
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I'll keep that option in mind. Thanks.
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Old 11-26-2015, 05:34 PM
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Default Re: Forming aluminum

Worse case scenario, the license plate may have a bit of a "memory" to it.. As much of a pain in the ass it may be, source a new piece from a hobby shop/metal shop.

I like it.. I just cant seem to bring myself away from the 60/40 bench seat and add the center console yet. The convenience of road head takes priority still.. :P
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