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Old 06-07-2011, 12:18 PM
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Car had practically no front pads when purchased, so it was the perfect opportunity to go full-circle on brakes.

Replaced all four pads, painted the calipers and added the logos, then replaced the factory discs with slotted and cross-drilled rotors.



Really hard to find a matching set of staggered tires (and expensive to boot!), but BF Goodrich made these monsters with a fairly aggressive tread pattern:

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Old 06-07-2011, 12:22 PM
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Car is ready for cruising...in 100-degree weather!



I plan on replacing my fallen 300E with some sort of daily driver this summer, and when I do, it will be outfitted with the rest of the unused stereo equipment sitting in the garage.

But that will be on another thread.

Thanks for watching!
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:18 PM
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You're not gong to let your DAUGHTER drive that car, are you, Gee?!
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:28 PM
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You're not gong to let your DAUGHTER drive that car, are you, Gee?!
She's been driving it for nearly a year now...and has the speeding tickets to prove it!

I suspect she will be getting "noise ordinance" citations now!
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:46 AM
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Rattling the windows in the houses she is driving by, no doubt!

Nice installation job. I always enjoy seeing the pictures of your stereo installations, Gee.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:39 AM
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Update:

Stereo has been doing fine so far...no issues.





After some lengthy auditioning, I've concluded that the OEM speakers need to GO! But that will be covered later.

In the meantime, I had an extra "Mustang" window decal lying around from a previous purchase, so I slapped it on the subwoofer plexi display:

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Old 08-02-2011, 11:46 AM
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Over time, the daugher has been tossing soccer cleats and other junk in the trunk area. This prompted a concern of possible damage to connections, or even electrical shorts due to some errant metal item contacting the exposed terminals:




So I decided to fabricate a "trim panel" that would protect the sensitive items. Some poster paper was lying around, so I cut and taped up a makeshift "template" for the proposed design.




Then "test-fitted" it over the equipment...

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Old 08-02-2011, 11:50 AM
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I bought a sheet of thin fiberboard and had it cut to three equal panels. Needed something flexible enough to be able to get the whole thing through the narrow trunk opening.

I traced the pattern onto the board:



Then cut with a jigsaw and test fit:





The opening for the distribution blocks is a show-off feature. There will be a plexiglass cover fitted and blue led lights to highlight.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:53 AM
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Didn't know where to find trunk carpeting and Walmart only carried black.

Stopped at a local stereo install shop and they gave me a huge scrap of it for free! Perfect!



Time for some 3M adhesive...



Test fit again after the trunk liner is glued on:

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Old 08-02-2011, 11:56 AM
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Gluing is a snap when it's 105 outside!

More pics of the progress:





I will cut another panel and glue it onto the bottom if this panel for strength, with the plexiglass cover in between.

Going out today to get the led strips...Walmart again...
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First class job, Gee!
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:05 PM
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It's 110 outside. Moved project indoors.

CLK ate a crankshaft position sensor and mass flow meter ($$$$). So I spent the other day getting that taken care of.

Anyway, back to the project.

Added another wood backing to reinforce.



Struts added for strength where the amp rack isn't available for support:

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Old 08-04-2011, 01:35 PM
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Not everything I work on goes without a hitch...me and plexiglass don't get along.

Here are the results of my pattern cutting effort:



Fortunately, I cut a large enough piece that it will mostly be hidden on the backside of the panel.

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Old 08-04-2011, 01:39 PM
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There will be LED lights illuminating the wire distribution blocks, but I need a reflective surface to enhance the lighting. To do so, I used the old poster template to make an enclosure.



The enclosure is then test-fitted onto the panel.

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Old 08-04-2011, 01:49 PM
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Bought some "chrome" duct tape that will serve as the reflective surface...



And I got these LED strips for around $10 from the automotive center at Walmart.



Oooooh.....pretty...
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