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#1 JustCruisin

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:15 PM

It's about time to start another build thread, because the pictures are piling up..

I had this idea over a year ago when I got my first Lasonic TRC-931, and am now just making it happen!

I scored 2 separate BIN deals with absolutely NO DESCRIPTION, listed as "parts or not working" but luckily they both were in working condition.. Sure.. I could've made one perfect box out of the two, but where is the fun in that? To have a minty 931 like everyone else..? 

I gotta be different, so time to start customizing!!

Here are the working donors for this project.. both powered on, but one plays radio and one plays tapes, but AUX-IN works on both..

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With scalpel in hand the incision has begun... :jason:

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Getting a little perspective on size and placement of this makeshift unit..

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Started the welding process with a weave pattern, but later switched to "push/pull" puddle to get better penetration..

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Bottom section welded together and weld seam reinforced with epoxy..

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During the fitment of this process I used a square to make sure all the edges/ lines/ and angles were lining up..

Welded the top cap(s) to the woofer bottom and shortened the handle 8"

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Moved the new handle mounts to the center of the unit and start welding up all the unused holes..

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With most everything smoothed up and white woofers in place this box is taking shape!

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Starting to work on the back of the cabinet, making sure fitment is correct..

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#2 fresh produce

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:24 PM

Damn!!! That's dope it's kinda crazy but cool really great work! Where's the cassette deck?

#3 JustCruisin

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:25 PM

As you can see the whole box has been sanded with 80 grit to prepare for the fiberglass work, I have ditched the original faceplates and smoothed out the mold seams because this whole unit is going to have a kustom paint job all over it!

I kind of have a vision in my head that I know you can't see the end result, so if you have any questions just ask.. ;-)

 

All comments (or criticism) is appreciated.. you may see something I don't see or your idea might inspire me as well! :yes:

JVCFloyds topic gave me the little push I needed to really get going on this sucker..



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:31 PM

this is an extreme fascinating project  :clap:  :rock:  :bow:  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:



#5 JustCruisin

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:35 PM

Not sure what is next, the back vents.. the handle slots on the rear casing... or lowering the handle height 1"

It's been -20 degrees wind chill here, so just waiting on a warmer day to start hitting it hard again..

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:00 AM

Omg!...you're insane!...but I love it! If you finish it to the same high standard that you've started it then this Frankenstein's monster could well actually be awesome :-)

#7 bklyn sound

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 03:37 AM

great work ....keep it up james :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:



#8 im_alan_partridge

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:21 AM

Damn, i cant wait to see the finished article :w00t:



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:38 AM

This is SICK!!!!!!  :w00t:

Awesome!!!   :rock:



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 05:12 AM

This is weapons grade certifiable ingenuity! :yes:  I love the concept but, as Fresh Produce aksed, where is (are) the cassette deck(s)?

I'm thinking maybe it's meant to be radio only which would at least keep it light enough to tote around with normal human arms.

 

It's looking very interesting though, this regardless of which functions are left out. :thumbsup:



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:39 AM

dibs!.

 

that's amazing work.way cooler than mine lol. i want it !.



#12 blu_fuz

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:56 AM

My head just exploded!


What a freaking awesome idea and execution so far! Wow.

#13 k2j

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 08:49 AM

Pretty frickin cool man. I'm not one for custom jobs, but that thing looks massive.  ...and your going to 'dump' or lower the handle?  heh, cool mang.  Is that handle going to be sufficient, the box looks like its going to be HEAVY.



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 11:42 AM

This IS called a custom job. Bravissimo.

 



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 12:00 PM

my humble advise --dont totally trust the handle --specially with a load of D cells

 

so --make 6 strap holders --2 / bottom .. 2 on each side --

to  hold a 2"  heavy duty strap -

 

then get friendly joe to make you a custom job

 

 

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 12:54 PM

was wondering if it was possible to mount the slot loaded tape deck? , you could mount it on one side panel and recess the mounting plate or make it flush mounted .



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:07 PM

Wow... ...just WOW!!!

Cheers.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:41 PM

Holy shiat bro! Can I send you my two 931s to do the same thing?! This is the coolest mod ever!!!!

So are you powering this with amp chips from both or just from one? Will it run on batteries? Im so intrigued yet so confused on how this is gonna work. I need some specs. This is awesome. I'm cool with no radio or tape...this is an aux monster!

#19 JustCruisin

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 02:15 AM

Installed the handle rests on the back casing earlier, and deleted the stock antenna mounts..
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After measuring, 3/4" is the most that is allowed to lower height of handle without it hitting the box when folding down.. Because the box is so long and low now, I think the handle is sticking up a lil too high..

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 02:23 AM

THanks for replies dudes, I knew you'd have some good ideas!
After doing some critical measuring, the top slot-loading deck might actually fit! Under the handle on the front above the EQ.. Didn't think a cassette deck was feasible, was just gonna do FM and AUX, but it just might work after all!
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Posted 13 December 2013 - 09:07 AM

Holy shiat bro! Can I send you my two 931s to do the same thing?! This is the coolest mod ever!!!!

So are you powering this with amp chips from both or just from one? Will it run on batteries? Im so intrigued yet so confused on how this is gonna work. I need some specs. This is awesome. I'm cool with no radio or tape...this is an aux monster!


Thanks man, I did bench test all the speakers running off one amp (in parallel) for about an hour with all Bass-heavy tracks through the line-in.. They weren't in an enclosure so the sound wasn't on point but those 8"s were movin! The cooling fins were hot to the touch after that hour or so but I was overworking them on purpose..
It will run on batteries also, for how long I guess I'll find out..

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 08:21 PM

Looking good!  I was curious as to how you would make the cassette sections work out. :-)



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 12:13 AM

:w00t:  :jawdrop:  :w00t:  :jawdrop:  :w00t:  :jawdrop:  :w00t:

:bow:  :bow:  :bow:  :bow:  :bow:

 

This is the BADDEST ASS project!

 

I can't wait to see the final project....

 

I'm a Lasonic fan and I approve this message / project  :lol:  :lol:  :thumbsup:



#24 JustCruisin

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 08:28 AM

Thanks Chris for your strong endorsement!
I realize hacking a box apart doesn't appeal to everyone's tastes, but I am a "kustomizing addict" and really enjoy personalizing my possessions.. I'm just glad this vision of mine is really happening, as I pondered just selling them because I didn't think I had time to restore them!

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 02:02 AM

Mind blowing! That thing is going to rock every damn block there is. Can't wait to see how it turns out. 



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 02:32 AM

Nice Mod!! :w00t:

 

Waiting to see the finished box....

 

Cheers,

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 08:39 PM

Thanks Chris for your strong endorsement!
I realize hacking a box apart doesn't appeal to everyone's tastes, but I am a "kustomizing addict" and really enjoy personalizing my possessions.. I'm just glad this vision of mine is really happening, as I pondered just selling them because I didn't think I had time to restore them!

 

Rock to the beat of your own drum bro!

 

We were talking about this project at Beatswap this weekend. Can't wait to see the finished product



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:29 PM

Last night I used 3M windshield urethane to help bond the speaker plates to the box.. Even though there are screws in each corner holding them on, I wanted inner area to be bonded as well.. maybe eliminating rattles of any kind..? 

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Welded the plates to eachother and also to the box as well, tying everything together!

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Reinforced the weld seams with some more epoxy resin..

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:33 PM

oooooooh mama :drool:



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:37 PM

Lowering the handle height 3/4" which is the maximum that still allows the handle to fully fold down..

Drilling new holes and reshaping the ends worked perfect!

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It brought the handle down to a more "classier" height.. less lawnmower handle and more shopping cart handle..

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