I'm working on plans improve the interior of my Spyder, and phase 1 will be building a countoured center console for my car. I figured I should post it on here - you might learn something and you can bug me for updates, which will make me keep working on it. Here's what I'm starting with:
I plan on following the basics in this guide
, with the exception of creating an additional coverpiece or worrying too much about paint. For example:
I want to upholster the final product, preferrably with either leather or alcantara
but that'll depend on how flat I can get those materials to lay. I know with alcantara there is some formability with the use of heat guns; I don't expect to get much play with leather so it'll probably be alcantara or 4-way stretch vinyl
My plans are to create a cockpit feeling around the driver, so that the center console creates a wrap-around impression. That'll mean more buildup on the passenger side. I'd also like to incorporate an elbow pad for the driver, possibly built onto a flip-up storage area.
Anyways, that's the plan. I'll post pictures in a few weeks as I start to get the framework together with some 1/2" mdf and glue. This will be my first real experiment working with fiberglass (other than cutting the holes in my body required for part installations) and I've got an order to place with fiberglast.com. In phase 2 I plan on adding some fiberglass touchups to my dash and reupholstering it with whatever material I use on the center console, plus I'll be incorporating some brushed aluminum inserts. Phase 3 will be upgrading the carpet to some Bently (aka Bentley) or Essex high-quality all-weather stuff and phase 4 will be reupholstering the seats.