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JasonWW
05-08-2006, 12:59 AM
Hey guys,
I'm stepping into uncharted territory. I'm building an amp rack in the back an I'm going to use wood veneer to make it look like a nice, dark cherry wood finish. Cherry has a little red in it and I plan to add several clear coats to make it look real nice and classy.

I'd like to see if I can add a few wood accents up front to tie everything together. I don't want anything tacky or cheap looking, but any wood up front in a TA might be considered so by some. I've seen wood overlay kits for trucks and didn't really care for them as they looked tacked on. I'm trying to go for a classy German luxury car look. I figure anything that is flat or close to flat can be covered. This is on a 99 Trans Am. I think the door panel inserts can be done as well as the switch covers. The whole door panel insert is pretty big, so I'm not so sure about that. Maybe the upper half split behind the grab handle. I caould use real wood there.

I think I could make a curved panel above the glovebox and below the airbag from either real stained wood or sheetmetal with a veneer overlay. I did a Photoshop below. That might look OK. I could use adhesive to attach it. Now I would need something on the drivers side to balance it out. Anyone have any ideas?

If you have any pics of wood grain kits or interiors can you please post them here. I'm tring to find everything I can.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%204/woodgraindash2.jpg

JasonWW
05-08-2006, 02:19 AM
I may have spoken to fast about the door panels. Here is a quick Photoshop of them in Cherry.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%204/Doorpanelincherry.jpg
That looks way better than I thought it would. Way better. I could either cut out the wood inserts from cherry and stain/clear it or use a wood veneer kit over MDF.

I could even have a small pontiac symbol airbrushed in the middle to add a little something extra. Any opinions or thoughts?

Maybe just the door panels alone up front would be enough up front to compliment the rear mounted wood amp rack? It might be.

TUMBLRws6
05-08-2006, 02:25 AM
wood grain???....you mean like...wood...??....like tree wood?... :poke: surely you mean something else...like..NOT tree wood...

JasonWW
05-08-2006, 02:29 AM
Raw wood can be used, but I was thinking veneers may be the way to go. It's a thin panel of wood already finished or it can be raw. It's commonly used on speaker enclosures, violins, cellos, tables, etc...

I mention luxury cars, but to tell you the truth, most don't use veneers, they use a paint like process to make it look real.

Painting can be done to excellent effect, but I don't have the skills. Check out this site for painted wood grain. It's incredible. This guy even painted a plane to look like it was made of wood.
http://www.mikemacneil.com/gallery/faux%20_wood_%20grain.html

I would rather use veneers or raw chunks of wood myself. Like I said, I want classy, not tacky.

JasonWW
05-08-2006, 02:42 AM
I guess not many people are going to know about veneers. I didn't much until recently either. Almost all your high end speaker enclosures, like $1000 and up, will use veneers on them. It can be pricey and require work to cut and glue them and then you have to clear them several times to really get that deep shine, but I think it would be worth it.
Here are some example pieces finished in veneers.
http://www.cshardware.com/images_template/Wood-Veneer.gif
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000AWKUNK.01-A2KR0P2L7A8CP4._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0006U8BPK.01-A3CE5G43H2AT0W._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0006UFY1Y.01-A2M17OV1N9H1QJ._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

Humidor PC case in cherry veneer.
http://slipperyskip.com//NXBig/019.jpg

1SicV8
05-08-2006, 03:53 AM
i think its a great idea, just done know if itll match the look of an fbody. but go for it

are u goin with cherry red since ur cars red?

JasonWW
05-08-2006, 04:21 AM
My car is actually black with the charcoal interior. I was just searching for good dash and door pics as I don't have any from my car.

I'm thinking cherry as I like that bit of red in it. Virtually all the woods are available and there's not much price difference as far as veneers go so I could go with whatever I want. I do prefer the darker colors, but with a bit of warmth to it.

I have a few pics of wood kit's for TA's like below, but I just think it's tacky.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%204/19_411.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%204/69_41.jpg

1SicV8
05-08-2006, 04:24 AM
those do look tacky

i think a light oak would look cool on the door panels. but the whole car would have to have a "retro" look to pull it off imo. id def like to see u try it out.

ive seen leather, cloth, aluminum and now coming soon wood grain door panels

JasonWW
05-08-2006, 04:26 AM
Do you mean aluminum door panel inserts or the whole door panel like in a race car? If it's inserts, I'd like to see them.

1SicV8
05-08-2006, 04:28 AM
they were inserted into where the cloth was, i forget who it was ill try and find pics

ws6manny
05-08-2006, 05:04 AM
Grippin Wood grain!!! Nice Idea!! Should Like Classy!

1SicV8
05-08-2006, 05:55 AM
cant find the pic.....

JasonWW
05-08-2006, 06:09 AM
Were they polished panels? That thought crossed my mind, but I shot it down.

1SicV8
05-08-2006, 06:11 AM
i think it was brushed aluminum but i could be wrong

JasonWW
05-08-2006, 06:41 AM
I think if I did the door panels I would need one thing in the center of the dash to balance it out. That first pic of the passenger side panel would throw off the balance. Since I plan to mount a 10.4" LCD screen in the radio area for my PC, why not make the bezel out of solid wood and then stain and clear it? I think that center piece with the doors should be enough up front to blend it with the rear wood amprack without going into cheesy or distastefull territory.

Here is a pic of the bezel. This is from another member who used a factory vinyl to cover it. I'm not even going to try and PS a wood grain over it because it would never look realistic. You'll just have to imagine a wooden ring with the same cherry finish.

What do you think of the 3 piece front idea? Too much, too little or just right?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%204/WoodgrainLCDbezel.jpg

kyle_l
05-08-2006, 08:08 AM
I know this isn't quite what you're looking for, if you needed parts like the trim ring/etc. laminated in wood, you could look into apsisusa.com. (They also do carbon fiber.)

I haven't used them yet, but their work looks very impressive. Not at all like the tacky wood kit posted above.

JasonWW
05-08-2006, 08:41 AM
Wow! They do good work. Thanks for the link. It looks like I can send them a part and they can add the wood finish to it for me. Now that's the quality I'm looking for. Check this out:
http://apsisusa.com/Lamination%20Wood%20Dashes/Hummer%20H2%2003-UP/Individual/H2%20Center%20Console-Lamination-4-adjusted-550.jpg

I don't know what it would cost, but it might be worth it for the trim bezel compared you using real cherry wood (or whatever I choose to use).

2fast97Z
05-08-2006, 09:20 AM
like the other guy said...looks cool as hell..just dunno if it would go with an f-body

JasonWW
05-08-2006, 09:42 AM
like the other guy said...looks cool as hell..just dunno if it would go with an f-body
Why not? Is it just because we are not used to seeing them on the F-body?

I think it would be OK in my case. With just the small trim ring around the LCD and then the door panel inserts, it's going to be fairly stock looking up front. I don't think the doors are going to be too overpowering simply because of the dark wood used. Now if it were a white or yellow wood, then yea, it would stand out more. Also keep in mind I'm going to have a sh!t load of wood in the back for the amprack and maybe the sub encloure as well. Overall, I'm feeling pretty good about it.

It would be nice just to be different. I could be that "wood grain guy" on these forums or something. :) Who knows, the door panels might catch on. Think of the darker colored woods that are almost black. It would be like having glossy black inserts, but have the wood grain in them. That by itself sounds cool to me. I just have to figure out how it can be done and look "proper".

jimmyblue
05-08-2006, 10:28 AM
Veneer is not too bad to work (X-acto, contact cement)
and you can get small quantities mail-order from the
antiques restoration places (Van Dyke's, Constantine's,
etc.). English cars tended to use burl walnut, cherry
might be too subtle a grain, use stain to get the color
and don't worry so much about the native wood tone,
just the grain and the general darkness. Most veneer
will form easily in one dimension but resist the other
(cross-grain, easy; with-grain, stiff). If you want to
form to a complex surface, well, it'll either be a science
project or a doomed project. Maybe get a new bezel
CNC'd out of plank walnut :)

I once picked up a project car (Skylark convertible)
where the owner's kid had made him a spankin' new
dashboard out of mahogany, for Father's Day. We're
talking 7th-grade Wood Shop skill level, thanks, son,
love it. Moral of the story being, not all wood, is
good.

JasonWW
05-08-2006, 10:39 AM
Cool, I'm new to veneers, but not woodworking. I'm glad there's someone here I can ask about as you clearly have more knowledge than me on this subject.
In the back I'm going to need a 24x38" piece as well as smaller sections. I don't know about the door panels. One large piece per door or 2 smaller pieces and seam them together behing the door pull handle. I don't plan to shape it. It will mostly be flat surfaces, thank god.

If I have to, I can make the LCD bezel myself. I'm just not sure what would be cheaper. Me making it out of nice wood or making it out of cheap wood and having that company "cover" it. Right now I'm still in the "should I do it" phase. I think so.

cooltc2004
05-08-2006, 11:12 AM
I think it looked ALRIGHT in a 3rd Gen Camaro, even some Firebirds, but in 4th Gen, the car isn't hairbanging enough ;)

* 80's Hair Metal w00t :headbang: :rock: *

JasonWW
05-08-2006, 11:54 AM
I'm trying to move away from the cheap looking "wood" trim from the older cars and into the "real" german wood type of look. I've never seen it done on a 4th gen, but it sure won't be hairbanging. I want Rolls Royce quality wood. Not anything tacked on.

TUMBLRws6
05-08-2006, 01:09 PM
Wow! They do good work. Thanks for the link. It looks like I can send them a part and they can add the wood finish to it for me. Now that's the quality I'm looking for. Check this out:
http://apsisusa.com/Lamination%20Wood%20Dashes/Hummer%20H2%2003-UP/Individual/H2%20Center%20Console-Lamination-4-adjusted-550.jpg

I don't know what it would cost, but it might be worth it for the trim bezel compared you using real cherry wood (or whatever I choose to use).

at first i was thinkin...wood grain??? :doublepuk but after seeing this pic it might look kinda neat...i would actually stay away from the light wood and stick with a dark finish like this peice here ^ and IMO i think this would look best and realy cool with a white pearl exterior color, tan leather and some limmo tint...like an escalade or something! That seems to me the only way it could work...but with all that black trim and red lining...and the black exterior it may look out of place...This wood thing looks to me like a complete committment...and the entire look of the car needs to compliment each individual detail in order for it to work..but thats just IMO! Then you could put ..."trans Am-alade" haha its a brave move...but daring to be different is what makes people famous...good luck

nhra-trans-am
05-08-2006, 03:04 PM
it would look good, but only if it is done right. It looks like you are moving in the right direction tho.

JasonWW
05-19-2006, 11:28 AM
I've come up with another version of the door panel.
Instead of a big slab of wood, just run a strip across the top.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%204/Doorpanelincherrynarrowstrip.jpg

What do you guys think?
The other part of this idea is that I can do a similar strip in the rear speaker covers beside the rear seats. I'm not using them. I can wrap a large MDF panel with a perforated leather (or whatever the front doors have) to match the front door inserts and then run a matching strip of wood over it.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%204/rearspeakertrim.jpg

The whole reason for me doing this was based on these congas. I'm thinking of making 2 cylinders like this for my 2 12" subs. I would make them shorter and place them side by side. Maybe connect them with a big polished aluminum bracket. Have matching brackets on the outer side of each one to bolt it to the car. I'll have the subs firing up like twin cannons! :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%204/PairofRoyceProcussionCongas.jpg

JasonWW
05-19-2006, 11:31 AM
Or, I could use that big slab style like before and make the whole rear speaker opening from a solid piece as well. Eh, maybe.

Z28-CTYHNTR
05-19-2006, 11:38 AM
Hmmm this should be interesting. Hope you go through with it, Id like to see the results.

JasonWW
05-19-2006, 12:12 PM
I'm finding out that it's harder than it looks to make wood grain look good and not tacky. I guess that's why no one has done it before (except for those premade laminated pieces I attached in post #7 :barf: ).

Sprayed1998
05-19-2006, 12:35 PM
is this some kinda joke?

JasonWW
05-19-2006, 02:01 PM
is this some kinda joke?
Can you just delete your post and move on to another thread. I'm working here.

kyle_l
05-19-2006, 03:05 PM
Can you just delete your post and move on to another thread. I'm working here. :rotflmao:
But on to work... I like the wood strip on the doors, but I'm not sure I like it carrying over to the rear speaker grills.

Please keep us updated.

JasonWW
05-19-2006, 03:09 PM
I think the rear speakers are a bit too high to really blend in a strip. If I could maintain that gap above the wood on the door it would flow better.

Sprayed1998
05-19-2006, 05:00 PM
like I said? joke? gotta be!

slick1851
05-19-2006, 05:31 PM
MIKE JONES< Grippen wood grain!!!!!!!!!!!

JasonWW
05-21-2006, 09:19 AM
like I said? joke? gotta be!
These kind of comments are insulting. Just delete your posts and move on to another thread. I'm working here.

MIKE JONES< Grippen wood grain!!!!!!!!!!!
What does that even mean? Maybe this thread isn't for you either.

JasonWW
05-21-2006, 10:38 AM
Sprayed1998, maybe I'm not being fair to you. So if I have all this intricate stained wood in the rear of the car (amp rack, PC and electronics cover with glass windows and twin wooden cylinder enclosures for the subs) should I not have any wood up front to balance it out? All wood in the rear, no wood up front? To me that doesn't seem right.

Kind of like painting your rear brake calipers red and leaving the front ones stock. Yes, if seen by themselves they both look good, but when you stand back you see that they don't match. It just seems like common sense that they should match. That's why I was wanting to have SOME kind of wood up front to help balance out the theme. Even if it's just a couple of pieces, it at least would help to continue the theme.

TARaptor
05-21-2006, 12:09 PM
I like yor idea about using a woodgrain to go for a new thing but i think if you really wanted to make it pop dont go for the cherry, go for a blackwood stlye, then it would really tie in with the whole iterior, i think the subtlety of that would add more class.

Also there are places that can do the painting to make it the wood you want. I live in nothern indiana's RV zone and we have a lot of places that do work for the maufacturers, but they also do single customer work too.

JasonWW
05-21-2006, 12:25 PM
I have no idea what painting would cost or know of anyone who can do it. I thought about using a veneer, but I may just make everything out of real solid wood. This is going to increase the costs so I won't be able to use anything exotic (exotic=expensive).
Did you mean this kind of blackwood?
http://www.rexheathcote.com/blackwood.jpg
http://www.rosewoodfurniture.co.uk/largeimages/blackwood.jpg
Or this?
http://news.harmony-central.com/Newp/2005/Tasmanian-Blackwood-lg.jpg

I'm open minded to the kind of wood, just as long as the stain is not a light color. For the stain I prefer something dark, maybe with a bit of red. I'm just going to have to look around and see what's available and not cost a lot. Luckily, stains are not very expensive, so I can tailor the color without too much respect to the actual wood I use.

2002BlackSS
05-21-2006, 12:42 PM
If you went for the stripe, I'd make sure it went low enough that there wouldn't be any of the original speaker grille on the bottom. I also think the stripe could use some kind of accent. Possibly a routered bead stained/painted black or some other complementary color. I liked the look of the full panels better though. The stripe looks "Camry," while the panel looks a lot more classy.

I'd probably go burl walnut and a mahogony stain. Maybe also stain it with a walnut or dark cherry to get the color deeper, then a few coats of laquer. If you went with the panel concept, you could also consider using complementary light/dark woods/stains on top/bottom and as accent on the speaker boxes.

2002BlackSS
05-21-2006, 12:50 PM
Another idea, if you do end up using solid wood, as you say you have sufficient wood working experience, you could shape the top door panel at the arm rest (concave to better fit an arm), and give the panel even more of a custom look. Also, don't forget the little details in wood working. Finish the edges nicely, for instance, these details are what makes it look like Vanden Plas did it.

JasonWW
05-21-2006, 12:53 PM
I also think the stripe could use some kind of accent.
Well, with either a full panel or just a stripe, I would have a red Pontiac arrowhead airbrushed in the middle.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%204/Doorpanelincherry2.jpg
I could have it a slighty darker red so as to not stand out too much. I could also add small lettering saying "PONTIAC or TRANS AM" below it or both on either side with the arrowhead in the middle on the two. Then put the clear over the top of it. I could make it a bit larger as well.

Reject
05-21-2006, 04:53 PM
there was a few pictures of a guy that had woodgrain in his T/A already. i fell in love with the look. lemme see if i can find them.

Reject
05-21-2006, 04:55 PM
http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=500233&highlight=interior+wood

it had shwayed in there (or what ever the hell it's called) it looked bitchin

JasonWW
05-21-2006, 05:10 PM
Those are the stick-on pieces that you can buy. I'm trying not to use stick-on pieces. I'm trying for something more original.
I see he has a strip above the glovebox, kind of like my idea. That suede looks pretty good, too. I wonder if he wrapped the door panels in that? It would come in handy if you have cracks in them.

Phoenix 5.7
05-21-2006, 06:00 PM
i think it could look really good. im not diggin the stripe idea. suede with wood could look really good if executed properly. good luck, and i congratulate u for willing to try new things and not copying everybody else.

JasonWW
05-21-2006, 06:21 PM
Based on that car with the white suede (along with gray and black), I could just take the easy way out and wrap my amp rack and sub tubes in suede. Then do a few pieces in suede up front (like the door panels, kill 2 birds with 1 stone :) ). Do it all in a matching color so that there is a theme that ties it all together. I kind of like the wood idea more, though.

I'm still welding up the amp rack/electronics enclosure right now. I'm a ways off from making the cover and sub enclosure. I wonder how suede would compare in price to wood. Wood = cost of the raw wood pieces and suede = material plus custom stitching. Now that I think about it, the stitching my be the most expensive part. So the wood route may actually be cheaper to do.

Reject
05-21-2006, 06:53 PM
yeah suede! yeah i suck at spelling

slick1851
05-21-2006, 08:31 PM
It just doesnt flow with the look of our cars, maybe granite that wood look much nicer or a blackish marbel.

Look at the GM DENLI my aunt has a granite dash thats very dark grey and looks really nice.

JasonWW
05-21-2006, 10:40 PM
Well, when you start talking about marble and granite, your talking stone. I can't use real stone, obviously. I think the only way to get a stone look is to have a part sent out and a stone looking surface layer is added. My parts are going to be too large to do that. So I don't really know how it can be done.
Plus, I'm not sure that it CAN be done to wood. Plastic, yes, but wood, I'm not sure.

I'm sure I could wrap everything in carbon fiber, I've seen people do that for cosmetics, but I really don't like the carbon fiber look, so that's out.

TUMBLRws6
05-28-2006, 05:30 PM
found this thot you might be interested
(camaro)go to page 5 of the "interior" link on the left
(trans am) bottom of first page on the "interior" link on left

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images/view?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fs earch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dwings%2Bwest%2Bfirebird%26ei% 3DUTF-8%26fr%3DFP-pull-web-t%26b%3D21&w=150&h=113&imgurl=www.extreme-z.com%2Fappearance%2Fgallery%2Falbums%2Ffgrounde%2 Fblackrollbar.thumb.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.extreme-z.com%2Fappearance%2Fgallery%2Ffwheels%3Fpage%3D2&size=7.9kB&name=blackrollbar.thumb.jpg&p=wings+west+firebird&type=jpeg&no=24&tt=117&ei=UTF-8

JasonWW
05-28-2006, 07:24 PM
found this thot you might be interested
(camaro)go to page 5 of the "interior" link on the left
(trans am) bottom of first page on the "interior" link on left

The stick on wood grain? Ehh, don't really care for it.

I figure I'm going to have to make a wood amprack, so using high quality wood wouldn't be that much more difficult. My other idea was to just make it from basic MDF and then cover it. I'm trying to decide what kind of vinyl or suede would look good over the amp rack, subs, and door panel inserts. I could go with something that matches the stock color or something very different. I still haven't decided yet.
http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=515531
So wood or soft material? I don't know right now.

JasonWW
12-21-2006, 10:40 PM
Looks like I will be doing a wood grained theme again. Sub enclosures, amp inserts, wood grian steering wheel and a few other pieces to tie it all together. I'll post more details tomorrow.

Z28-CTYHNTR
12-21-2006, 10:47 PM
lol I forgot about this thread, I always wondered if you went through with it.

Cahill93Z28
12-21-2006, 10:51 PM
wow for a second i though i was back in 1993.

JasonWW
12-22-2006, 10:23 AM
I don't think anyone will see a throwback from a bygone era. This is going to be badass. All real wood, no fake imitation stuff.

What really got me back into this are the subwoofer enclosures I'm going to use. I ditched my whole amp rack design and came up with something very different. I will be getting some 13" raw ash conga drum shells. I will mount some 12" subs in them and then seal them up. They will be on the rear deck, but notched to sit fairly low. I'll stain and clear them when I'm done. It will really be the focal point of the car. Here's a pic of the idea.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Amp%20Rack/Amprackidea28.jpg

OK, so I have the wood enclosures, then I remembered this old idea of mine to do a wood theme. Now it makes a lot more sense. I figured I would really need a wood steering wheel to get the right feel and it would be pretty hard to do. I got a second stock TA wheel then got some quotes to have it converted. It would be about $525 which is too pricey in my mind. Especially when I see them for other vehicles for under $300. So I picked up a Cadillac Escalade wheel for $150. I will adapt it to fit and mod the buttons to a RF remote to directly control the PC. I already have the airbag, it should swap over just fine as well.

I bet no ones seen a truck wheel in an f-body before, much less a wood grained one. Here is the actual wheel I bought:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%206/woodcaddywheel.jpg

I will be getting it soon. Hopefully the color will work well as I'm not 100% sure what color it actually is. As long as it's charcoal to black it will work. GM black isn't real dark on these wheels. I should be able to have the airbag color matched to it.

I came up with a new amprack design as well. I got some JBL GTI 12" subs and they can handle a lot of power, so I was thinking of getting one of the big (13"x33") Rockford T15004 amps. It should give me 900W to each sub. The best part is I could veneer the front cover in a wood finish as well. I did up a PS of how it might look and frankly I'm blown away. Check this out:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Amp%20Rack/WoodRockfordT15004.jpg

Is that sic or what? :) I'll have it stretched across the back seat area. I have some links in my sig that show more info on the stereo stuff.

I'll still have the trim ring up front around the LCD made of wood, but I'm thinking of a new idea for the door panels.

Right now I have the monsoon panels that have the big pods in them. I'm thinking of swapping them for some non-monsoon door panels. Here is the best pic I could find:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%206/Firebirddoorpanel1.jpg

It's basically the same, but without the big speaker pod. With this setup I can build the speaker out some and angle it for better sound as well as make the new pod out of wood. It will be a simple round pod, not like the factory unit.

I think with the black, charcoal and woodgrain it will look very nice and refined.

JasonWW
12-30-2006, 10:12 AM
I figured I would really need a wood steering wheel to get the right feel and it would be pretty hard to do. I got a second stock TA wheel then got some quotes to have it converted. It would be about $525 which is too pricey in my mind. Especially when I see them for other vehicles for under $300. So I picked up a Cadillac Escalade wheel for $150. I will adapt it to fit and mod the buttons to a RF remote to directly control the PC. I already have the airbag, it should swap over just fine as well.

I bet no ones seen a truck wheel in an f-body before, much less a wood grained one. Here is the actual wheel I bought:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%206/woodcaddywheel.jpg

I will be getting it soon. Hopefully the color will work well as I'm not 100% sure what color it actually is. As long as it's charcoal to black it will work. GM black isn't real dark on these wheels. I should be able to have the airbag color matched to it.
I was able to fit the new wheel in place, but unfortunetly, GM made the truck wheel splines about 1-2 mm smaller in diameter so it's not going to fit without a LOT of mods. I was hoping I would be able to do a few small mods to make it fit. Oh well, I'll have to sell the wheel and airbag and send off one of my stock steering wheels to be converted.

It turns out the Escalade wheel I bought was slightly off in color. Here's a few pics of the wheel on the car, but with an altered color to match a little better.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%206/IMG_2156c.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%206/IMG_2159c.jpg

Z28-CTYHNTR
12-30-2006, 04:26 PM
You're really going all out on this aren't you? Seems like its a lot of trouble.

White_Ls1
12-30-2006, 04:33 PM
Good luck with the swap, but all I can think is Mike Jones!:)

JasonWW
12-31-2006, 05:28 PM
Not really a swap as the truck wheels don't fit. More of a conversion of the stock wheel. I'm going to have to sell my escalade wheel and airbag to help offset the cost of the wood conversion.

In person the wood is just awesome looking. When the sun hits it you see all the fine detail and a kind of rainbow of colors deep in the grain. I'm guessing it has to do with the stained oil in the wood. It's pretty sweet.

On the plus side, having one converted lets you choose the exact wood and color of stain as well as the exact leather you want. It will also have that fresh leather smell as well, I hope. :)

JasonWW
02-18-2007, 04:43 PM
I found a couple vehicles with some wood installed. Check these out. Very nice, huh?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%206/WoodMagnum.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%206/WoodMagnum1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%206/WoodMagnum2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/JasonWW/Misc%206/WoodSUV1sm.jpg

JasonWW
03-01-2007, 08:45 AM
Just found my rims.

http://www.azaforged.com/wheels2/01a/01a-a.jpg
http://www.azaforged.com/wheels2/01a/01a-f.jpg

Woodgrain baby! :jest:

mycamaroSS
03-01-2007, 04:30 PM
thye just dont belong in a muscle car..i dont understand why people insist on making or buying them. defeats the purpose of BEAST

JasonWW
03-01-2007, 09:49 PM
Thr rims were suppose to be comical. Lighten up. :)

TryingT/A
03-02-2007, 12:47 AM
Wow, to say the least. Jay, it's cool that you're trying something new. I was gonna wrap the ceiling and visors in suede when I first got the car. The wood grain would remind me of my cadillac, that just got stolen. Nevertheless, I don't dig the woodgrain, fiberglass would be a good route, but not throughout the car. Still, much respect for thinking outside the box and good luck too you

JasonWW
03-03-2007, 10:03 AM
One more wooden rim pic I found.

1995blacktattop
03-03-2007, 12:53 PM
woodgrane in a trans am? :umm:

when i think of woodgrain i think of

http://www.edmunds.com/pictures/VEHICLE/1996/Buick/303/001350-396x249.jpg

WAGONS! :lol:

JasonWW
03-03-2007, 01:21 PM
woodgrane in a trans am? :umm:

when i think of woodgrain i think of

http://www.edmunds.com/pictures/VEHICLE/1996/Buick/303/001350-396x249.jpg

WAGONS! :lol:
Well, I didn't say "stick on" wood. I said real wood. Think of the older wagons at least. :jest:
http://www.givahoot.com/woody/woody13.jpg