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Old 02-05-2010, 02:11 AM   #1
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Talking DIY: Door light projector "CAMARO"

So i saw this mod on here and didn't feel like paying $100-$200 for it (no disrespect to the vendor, it is a pain to design and install these things at first) i spent my free time the last couple weeks figuring out how to get this to work and putting together a DIY for all of you

**iPhone pics for most of the DIY, sorry for the lack of quality. When i take the pics of the wiring/door i'll try to remember to grab my good camera



Components:
2x[/IMG] Project Enclosure (4x2x1") - $2.69

2x Rectangular High-Brightness Blue LED Lamp - $1.79

2x LED Holder $1.49

1x ~450 ohm resistor

8x 6-32 machine hex nuts

8x 6-32 machine cap nuts

36" 6-32 threaded rod

2x wire taps

~15ft of wire (not sure exactly)

2x CAMARO decal stickers (i got mine from The Camaro Decal Store)

1x can black spray paint

1x CD jewel case


TOOLS:

screw driver
dremel (cutting saw, grinding/sanding bit, drill bit)
socket wrench
exacto knife or similar
sharpie


here we go!...take the backing plate from one of the project boxes and stencil its shape onto the CD case


cut out the 'new' back plate & smooth the edges

drill holes in the same spots as the original *bigger than the screws in the project box, the 6-32 rod is slightly larger, u will have to bore out the project boxes' screw holders slightly*


place your selected decals onto the plastic plate (don't get too close to the holes or the cap nut later on will block the projection!)



tape the back of the plastic plate (to ensure no paint hits it) and spray paint the side with your decals.

after its dried, use the exacto knife or a pin to carefully peel off the decals


project box!

drill a hole in the center of the box to fit the LED holder


install LED holder....

cut the 6-32 threaded rod into 4.5" lengths. Thread them into the box, then the hex nuts, stencil plate, and the cap screws. (when installing this into the door, take the cap nuts and face plate off)


MORE PICTURES COMING! i didn't take pics of the drivers side when i installed it, but i will when i do the passenger.

door removal: (stolen from another thread)
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u have to cut a small rectangular hole in the bottom of the door panel along with taking out some Styrofoam thats in the way.

wire tap to dome light: (just the beginning where he shows the live wire for the dome light, rest is another DIY projet) http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=54183


I ran the taped 'dome light' wire thro the grommet hole for the door (not actually inside the grommet tho) and behind the door panel, and grounded the box to the door speaker's retaining screw.

MAKE SURE YOU PUT THE RESISTOR BETWEEN THE POWER WIRE AND THE LED. otherwise u will blow/burn ur LED light, they're not made for 12v with that high of amperage





hope u guys enjoy it! updates on the way
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:27 AM   #2
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This is really very interesting...thanks for taking the time to post this!
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:29 AM   #3
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Very cool!
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:44 AM   #4
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:04 AM   #5
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I like it !!!!

Very cool

Thanks for sharing
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Old 02-05-2010, 09:48 AM   #6
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Nice, thanks for the write up.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:07 AM   #7
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That's alot of work, but it looks great. It's alot cheaper as a DIY. How long did it take you (fabrication and install)?
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:29 AM   #8
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Great DIY you did an awesome job with this.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:16 AM   #9
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That's alot of work, but it looks great. It's alot cheaper as a DIY. How long did it take you (fabrication and install)?
since this was an on-off project for a couple weeks its hard x to say. the actually building of the box only takes an hour tops if you go really slow. most the time is installing it.

That door panel is a slight pain in the ass, along with running the wires. It was all worth it IMO if you get bored on a saterday, i'd say knock it out
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:00 PM   #10
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just a thought, but could you line the inside of the box and the back of the painted plastic with some of that reflective tape and make it a little brighter since that black paint and plastic is not reflective?
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:40 PM   #11
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just a thought, but could you line the inside of the box and the back of the painted plastic with some of that reflective tape and make it a little brighter since that black paint and plastic is not reflective?
u CAN do that...but than you will have light reflecting into the stencil from different angles = blurred image.

take a 1 LED flashlight and make a shadow puppet, now take a 9 LED flashlight and try it - doesn't work. even tho the lights are coming from the same general area, they will create multiple projections


u can always try to find a brighter bulb or LED. or use a lower resistor until u blow the LED (which is what i did. blew the first one, stepped down from 1350ohms>900ohms.450ohms and then i was satisfied there and dind't want to push my luck blowing another one)
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:30 PM   #12
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where did you get decals from
lol, i put the name AND link in the DIY

www.thecamarodecalstore.com
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:06 AM   #13
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Wow! YOU ARE GENIOUS!
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wow nice work, i think i would try this but only with a 12 pack
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u CAN do that...but than you will have light reflecting into the stencil from different angles = blurred image.

take a 1 LED flashlight and make a shadow puppet, now take a 9 LED flashlight and try it - doesn't work. even tho the lights are coming from the same general area, they will create multiple projections
thats true, i didnt think about that at the time.

where in town did u get the box from?
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:23 PM   #16
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I like it! I'm glad to see you show this. I understand that vendors have a product to sell, but sometimes they just don't get it when it comes to supply, demand and price.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:50 PM   #17
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thats true, i didnt think about that at the time.

where in town did u get the box from?
radio shack. most the stuff came from radio shack except the decals, threaded rod & nuts (home depot)
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cool, thanks. ill have to swing by and grab one and see what kinda stuff i can figure out to do!
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i wanna see one mounted in the door, like my kit
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:49 AM   #20
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sorry but where is this item put in the door ? At the very bottom of door?
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:17 PM   #22
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i wanna see one mounted in the door, like my kit
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sorry but where is this item put in the door ? At the very bottom of door?
its actually installed inside of the door panel. a small hole is cut into the bottom of the plastic that it projects through...more pics coming!
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Great job!! looks pretty cool...

when you get a chance... will you post up some pics of the box installed/mounted in the door... it will hopefully help my tiny brain to understand the rest of the install a little better...
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I will, sorry it's taking a while. Working 12 on 12 off all week so I havnt had much free time...
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Pretty cool, I'm having trouble seeing the final result... Where does that logo appear when you're done?
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