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1991 Toyota Celica

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:30 pm
by PRIVATEpastry
My old car met it's demise when Bambi decided to jump out in front of me while I was on the highway... So, I bought myself this car. She is a 1991 Toyota Celica GT-S widebody.


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When I bought it, it had 170k miles, but it was in amazing condition, less a few interior wear spots. It had a 10 year old JVC head unit installed (seriously).

So, I set to work. I had my Premier 770MP installed in my old car, and I switched it over to the Celica.


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So I have a nice in-dash unit, now I need some bass, right? I already had an amp, a Directed 1100D.


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Now I need a sub. I had sold my old sub (Xtant X series 12") to a buddy. So, I shopped around for a while for a new sub, and I was pretty much set on picking up a 15" RE SE from the group buy. But, then I stumbled across somebody selling a new Powerbass XS 12" sub for a price that I couldn't pass up. So, I bought the XS instead of the SE.

The sub came in about a week later.


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So I set to work building a box. The floor of my hatchback has a big lump in it, because of the full-size spare. This meant I had to break out the mat and resin. The box is a 1.8 net cubic feet sealed. I don't have any in-progress pictures, but here's the bottom of the box:


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And here is a picture of the trunk, as it is now. I hope to add a 2-channel amp and install some comps in some fiberglass door pods. But that project is down the road a ways.


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So the sub is up and running, and it sounds amazing, but I am getting some voltage spikes. I decided to do the big 3. I bought some more Welding Supply wire, which is what I used for everything else in the car.


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Awesome, but one problem. While installing the big 3, I was tightening the nut on one of the stock battery terminals, because I noticed it was loose. The metal was so soft, that it bent, and cracked. :cwm17: Time for some new battery terminals.


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Awesome. This brings us up to date on where I'm at currently. Now its time for a fun picture:


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This sub gets some pretty good movement out of 800 watts. It sounds great doing it, too!

Now, for some future projects I will be doing. As soon as it warms up a little, I will be carpeting the box. I also plan on building a false floor to house the amp and distribution blocks. I may wait until I decide on another amp/comps before I do this. I have some leftover 3/4" MDF from the box that I will use on the false floor. I bought the carpet (WalMart :)) and 3M 90 spray glue.


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Thanks to everybody for checking this thread out. I will be updating this thread as my install progresses, so please subscribe!

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:34 pm
by PRIVATEpastry
I'd also like to keep a log, mainly for myself, on how much $$ I've spent on this project.

HU: $185
Amp: $175
Sub: $140
Box materials: $55
Wiring: $135 ish (ugh...)

Running total: $690

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 5:39 pm
by PRIVATEpastry
Carpet time!

Finally got a nice day (weather-wise) to carpet my box.

Gettin' ready to trim around the gasket:

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Trimmed:

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Top and back are glued, getting ready for the bottom:

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Doin' the corners:

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Finished:

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In the trunk:

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I think it turned out quite nice, especially for my first box-carpeting job! :)

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:55 pm
by Audiology
nice

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 9:24 pm
by Nigel
Is that Fusion Wiring that you're using? Looks pretty good, hope you get that 2 channel and comp set soon, looks like a fun ride.

Nigel

Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 5:42 pm
by jlaine
Nice job on the sub box - good to see some good old fashioned hard work come forth to squeeze that last little bit of airspace needed yet still save room in the process. :)

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 6:24 pm
by iamamp3pimp
Looks nice, thats Green Welding Supply wire.

I have the blue and i like it as well.

-Robin

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 6:25 pm
by iamamp3pimp
even though i just noticed that this was a horribly dead thread.

its on the first page tho...