When committing to building an award-winning and feature-worthy custom truck or SUV, it must have every aspect covered. The suspension, wheels, tires, engine, exterior, interior, and audio-entertainment system must be 100 percent. To find out how some of these crazy audio-sound systems are designed and installed we hooked up with Danny Hentges at 3rd Element Design in Ontario, California. Danny will expose us to his talents as a designer, fabricator, audio-sound engineer, and installer.
We will be observing his creative talents as he installs an award-winning sound system into an '06 Ford F-150 SuperCrew that will blow you away.
From the Driver Seat:There is no doubt, $21,000+ is pretty much out of the ballpark for most average Joes. But, we thought we would let you see what goes into an insane show-quality custom interior and sound system.
It was a pleasure watching as Danny Hentges and Cory Saint Clair worked together on this insane interior. They both have gifted visionary minds, it was amazing how their brain waves worked in sync. They began to make simple cardboard patterns, then cut out some medium density fiberboard (MDF) soundboard pieces, and glued them together to make a rough center console, subwoofer enclosure, door panel, and speaker pod. Then, the skeletal structure was covered with cotton polyester (sweatshirt material) or fiberglass cloth, then the surface was saturated with resin. After the resin and cloth have cured, the surface was then sanded smooth. The surface imperfections were then filled with body filler and sanded smooth. Transforming a rough, abstract object to a finished sculptured piece of art.
After the door panels, center console, subwoofer enclosure, and speaker pods were smoothed, the pieces were ready for sealer and primer.
Some of the biggest manufacturers in the audio-sound world were part of this project.
Danny Hentges designed, constructed, wrapped, then fiberglassed both front and back door p
Danny installed three JL 6.5-inch-diameter mid speakers into the custom-made pods.
To deliver those high-pitch tones, a pair of Polk tweeters were popped into their separate
Cory, airbrush artist extraordinaire, applied multi-coats of primer and sealer. The interior components were then sprayed with House of Kolor White basecoat. Cory laid down a couple of coats of House of Kolor Kandy Marine Blue, then airbrushed a continuous black/white water line that interlinked every interior panel and dash. This was finished by the panels and dash with floating bubbles.
The audio sound and visual components were interlinked with each other, which made for an insane entertainment system.
To complete this concert-hall chamber, the factory headliner was recovered in dark-gray suede. The four factory bucket seats were covered with high-quality Katzkin Tuscan leather.
If you think the interior components were amazing, then you should hear the thunderous clarity and entertaining visual effects. It was truly a ka-boom! experience.
The ATC monitor screen was removed from its housing, then installed into the backside of t
After the Polk speakers and ATC monitor had been installed, we could see the installation
Here's a view of the front door panel from its more-attractive side.
The true talents of Danny's creative mind are expressed with this center console subwoofer
Airbrush artist sensation Cory Saint Clair laid down some awesome water-line highlights.
The lower portion of the subwoofer enclosure was then sprayed with House of Kolor Kandy Ma
The custom enclosure houses four 12-inch Polk/Momo subwoofers.
Danny assembled the creature-comfort components to the custom-built center-console control
The V-shaped armrest provides both style and comfort.
An Alpine DVA-5210 DVD/video/CD player unit is the brains of the whole entertainment syste
The top portion of the center-console control cabinet was mated with the center-console su
To achieve that concert-hall acoustic sound, the entire cab's inner skin was covered with
It looked like a wiring train wreck underneath the dash.
Danny installed the dash that Cory painted and airbrushed.
A custom speaker pod housed the Polk 5-1/4-inch-diameter mid speaker atop the center dash.
After installing the center-console control cabinet, Danny installed the armrest.
From a passenger view, we have a perspective of the console's style.
Danny installed the passenger-side custom door panel, equipped with three Polk mids, a pai
Four Polk/Momo 12-inch-diameter subwoofer speakers were mounted onto the massive custom-bu
A chromed, expanded metal grille added some bling to the enclosure.
|PARTS LIST: |
|Qty. Description ||PN ||Retail Price |
|(4) ||12-inch Momo Series subwoofers ||MM124 ||$169.95 ea. |
|(3) ||AMPS 100WX4 ||C400 ||$449.95 ea. |
|(2) ||AMPS 500WX1 ||C500 ||$449.00 ea. |
|(3)JL 6-1/2-inch two-way crossovers ||$239.95 ea. |
|(1) ||Ramm Audio matt ||$750.00 ea. |
|(3) ||HC-2000 Kinetik power cells ||$399.00 ea. |
|(5) ||ACT TV monitors ||ACT M104FD ||$260.00 ea. |
|(1) ||Alpine Hub Pro ||VPAB222 ||$510.00 ea. |
|(1) ||Alpine DVD/Video/CD/MP3 DVA ||5210 ||$200.00 ea. |
|(1) ||Play-Station (hidden in dash) || ||$180.00 ea. |
|Tsunami Audio Sound power/ground cables ||$200.00 ea. |
|Tsunami Audio Sound RCA interconnects ||$400.00 ea. |
|Sub Total ||$8,384.50 |
|(1) ||Custom center console 4-12" Subwoofers ||$2,800.00 ea. |
|(4) ||Custom door panels (4) ||$950.00 ea. |
|(1) ||Custom dash (center speaker pod, monitor) $1,300.00 ea. |
|Sub Total ||$7,900.00 |
|(1) || US Speedo Aquamarine gauges ||$200.00 ea. |
|(1) || Katzkin Leather (4) custom seat covers ||$899.00 ea |
|(1) || Suede headliner ||$800.00 ea. |
|(4) || Suede door panel inserts ||$50.00 ea. |
|Sub Total ||$2,099.00 |
|Billet Accessories: |
|(4) ||Window switches (URP Products) ||$210.00 ea. |
|(4) ||Door locks ||$50.00 ea. |
|(1) || Shift lever ||$45.00 ea. |
|(1) || Turn-indicator lever ||$45.00 ea |
|(1) ||Defroster vent cover ||$120.00 ea. |
|Sub Total ||$1,250.00 |
|Complete interior audio sound system ||$19,633.50 |