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Ok. So my AC has been off for a while and finally bought the blower resistor for about 150 bucks. Then my ac belt decided to break on me PLUSSS the piece of plastic that covers and goes around the radio, AC, and the cubby at the bottom broke so it can't hold up my ac component. Anyways, I wanted to ask if there was a way to move my radio up and my ac component below my radio so when I get a touchscreen, it won't block the ac. I know the wires will reach but could I cut that pieces of plastic that are supposed to support my radio so I'm able to move it up? Do I need to buy a radio mount? What kind of radio should I get so it will work best with what I'm trying to accomplish?
 

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Go to a junkyard and get another radio bezel.

Start cutting and fabricating your own. I would recommend using the resin method, not the putty. PUTTY SUCKS!! It is easier to sand and smooth.

Then use a non glossy paint. (I have a black interior so it was easy.)

The trick is the radio is held up by the mounts while the AC is held by the bezel.

Cut the second bezel around the ac controller and keep as many screw in points for the AC controller as possible. (You don't want your ac controller to fall through as you turn it on and that will happen if you cut off those screw points)

Find a way you are most comfortable to secure the radio in the opening. (Wood, Metal, Prayer etc..) You want to make sure you have it centered.

Then you have to set the opening for the radio and the bezel to match. Matching not only left, right, up, down, but also depth.

Good news it can be done. Post pics.
 

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Ok. I'm gonna try and see if I'll have the money to buy the radio tomorrow. I'll post pics if I'm able to buy one. So your saying that I should just make my own piece and form it to the car itself, radio, and ac module.
 

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Do you know where to buy resin? I found sound online showing that Michaels sells it but I'm not sure if that'll work or not. Lol. Or do they even sell it in stores?
 

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Resin. Home depot. You can do it they can help.

The radio is mounted to the car. The AC controller is mounted to the bezel.
 

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I am not sure how he did the frame for the radio. I have seen someone use wood. They screwed the wood into where the radio originally went to hold. Then, cut out a section topside where they wanted to put the radio. They attached the radio sleeve into the wood. I used metal and my radio is on the bottom. That is your choice for what material to use. (If you are a welder, use... If you are a carpenter, use... I have seen some online use cardboard. I don't know what they are called. Secretaries?? ) It will not be seen because it will be behind the bezel.I bought a second bezel from a junkyard. I cut and formed the second one. I used a dremel saw. The first one I left in my car until I was finished so I could have a radio and ac. There is a lot of sanding and waiting for resin to dry. This takes days.
 

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Ya. I've never used resin so it's confusing. I'll go to Home Depot and hopefully someone can help me out or assist me. I looked on youtube and they said to get modeling clay, mold release agent and other stuff. There was a fiberglass one also that said I needed to mix gypsum with water but I've never heard of gypsum lol. I'll go to the junkyard tomorrow and see if they have an extra bezel.
 

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Resin is pretty easy. It's like glue. Trust me stick with resin. That other stuff will have you sanding forever if you are not good at it.
First do your cutout and frame up the bezel. (First Pic)
Plastic weld the pieces together where there is contact with the bezel and the new radio and ac controller locations. (First Pic)
Use a smooth -not quilted designed-paper towel on the backside of the bezel to cover the holes you want to fill. Put the resin on the backside of the bezel. (Think Paper Mache. In Pic 2, he/she did it in front. I did mine in the back. Less sanding and smoother.)
Use a small brush and wet around the edges of the backside of the bezel with the resin. You want to glue the paper towel to cover the holes. Let dry. (In pic 2, the person covered the whole bezel. I would just cover the holes you want filled.) Let dry.
When the resin dries, The paper towel "mache" will be hard. (Pic 2)
Slowly begin to fill the unfilled areas until you have a smooth surface. Use layer after layer of resin and mesh. When you get near the desired surface, use resin only. Let dry between layers.
Once you have a good enough surface and the bezel is filled, start sanding. The better you did with the resin, the less you will have to sand. I would recommend by hand.
80 Grit ,120 Grit and 200 Grit will probably be the ones you need.
Paint and Voila.
 

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To mount the radio like that, there are a few things under the dash that had to be cut.. A couple horizontal plastic pieces, and I had to cut into the duct work going to the drivers side dash vents.
The vent duct I resealed with some stuff that is like a cross between fiberglass and duct tape. The vents still pass air very well, and now the dash looks much better with the radio and temp controls in a more logical arrangement.

It was not really a hard install actually, just a bit time consuming.
Glue, dry, fill gaps, dry, sand, repeat as necessary.
Filler primer, dry, sand, more primer, sand, repeat as necessary.

Paint, dry, etc, etc, etc.

Overall, it was much easier to do than I expected, and it did come out amazing looking.

to top it all off, I just added a 12 volt USB3 hub, and mounted that in the lower storage compartment.
It has allowed me to install a 600gb hard drive for storing music and movies.
 

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And that's using resin. Pretty sick! Had to put my project aside because my booster needed to be replaced. I'm gonna order my radio online and get the resin in such so I'll be able to do it
 

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Since I plan on getting a pop out radio that's like a 10in, could I get rid of the cubby so that way the bottom will be the ac and right above it will be the radio because if I put my radio up top, it will block the vents
 

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You could if you wanted too, but it would likely be a bit harder to do, and I'm pretty sure that you would have to make the whole bezel with fiberglass.. Double din dimensions are the limit for my build.
The storage compartment itself is just held in with screws.
 
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