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Pep
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Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2021 3:55 pm    Post subject: Glove box fabrication

I tried ordering an original style from an Aussie company a while back but it looks like they forgot about me....just as well I guess cause I will need a custom one to fit now....Anyone know the clues in making your own...Can I get that same stuff the original ones were made out of and cut rivet it together..or is there a better way?
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FRANK BASILE
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Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2021 7:21 pm    Post subject:

Pep, there is a chap here in Victoria who was, or still is making them,I don,t know if it is the same one you were dealing with,the original in my Mercury was falling apart,and this bloke had a stand at a swap meet at Sandown a couple of years ago,he happened to have one for the Merc,[around $30 mark]It is made of some sort of black suede material,I will fish around for a business card I may have grabbed,or someone else may know him..................Frank.
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Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2021 3:08 am    Post subject:

I have built glove boxes in the past, it's not really that hard.

You can use upholstery backer board, or ABS foam board. Make the part that ends up being the bottom, side and top out of one piece, the back out of a second. To get it to bend where you want, score the backer board on the inside with a blunt object where the bends have to be, several scores evenly spaced in each bend. You don't want to cut the board, just encourage it to bend there.

After you have the wrap made, fasten it together temporarily, and trace onto the back. cut the back about 12mm too big, and make a plywood form about 2mm too small. Score the back with the blunt object where you need it to bend over the plywood form, and form the back over the plywood. You want the bent flap away from the box, so if it is not symetrical take that into account.

Cover the inside of the box with your chosen material, then assemble the box with staples. I use construction staples, bending them over by hand.

A little care, and it looks professional.
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Brootal
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Joined: 11 Jun 2021
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Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2021 8:30 am    Post subject:

The original glovebox in my car was made out of cardboard. Due to a bit of a windscreen leak, it ended up a little worse for wear. My brother and I removed the original unit, removed the staples and used it as a template for a tin one. He worked at TAFE at the time and got someone to solder it up for me. Painted the inside with some wrinkle finish black and Hey Presto!

I guess for you, the hard part would be to make the template, but making the rest out of some thin gauge sheet wouldn't be too hard for a clever bloke like you.
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Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2021 7:26 am    Post subject:

The one in my Plymouth was shot to s%#t, so I removed it altogether, built a wooden box out of 1/4" plywood, placed a 1/4" piece of lexan on the front, routed out the center, and placed the head unit from my stereo there. The door covers it up when not in use, helping to cut down on the theft potential.
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