Newbie Ford Explorer 12.1" center conole build.
Well A while ago my big *** snapped my center console arm (they are known to be cheap plastic) and when I took it out I thought, "Hey I bet I could put a PC in there!" As fate would have it I had an old PC laying about and that sealed my fate to be forever consumed in this infernal yet addictive crack like hobby.
Well this is my first build, I am doing this more for fun so I've been doing it on a rather cheap budget, and going slowly b/c I am just doing things as things come in. (I know I should wait for everything to come in but I am kinda "winging" it with rough plans and its more exciting that way.
My main concern was fitting EVERYTHING into my center console rather than the dash because of theft concerns and I can just slap in a new center console if I ever had to sell it. I had decided on a 12.1 screen (big yes, too much, maybe, but I just prefer it) So I decided to keep my good ole' faithful factory Tape Deck as a ploy and mount the screen in a flip up manner to hide it an protect it from the sun, gets like 104 degrees here in the summer.
Keep in mind I'm on a budget and just changing things as I go. :)
Sooo.... I took it out, took it apart, added some fans (they have grates instead of holes now.
I cut some MDF screwed on some metal plate (in sections I can bend it to what angle and shape I want the over all piece to look.) I didn't want a box, all square and well boxy. and screwed it to the beat up console. Arrow points to the broken arm rest support.
Test fitted then got some polyurethan foam gap filler to well, fill gaps, dry, sanded down...
More Foam on other side, Slapped on some Bondo Glass for strength (first time using it, smells goooood...)
Sanded the Bondo Glass, put some paint on just to get a better feel for how it looks, then tried my first hand at Fiberglassing, bolted wood to console, fiberglassed curves where console meets radio dash, and fiberglassed where console merges with wood, with a good dose of bondo glass on top to make that smooth transition. ( do NOT wear sandels when fiberglassing and sanding the stuff, the little particles get in your feet and they itch and bleed....ALOT.) :crutch:
Screen is 12.1" I picked it cuz it was cheap, had PC input, VGA input, 2 audio jacks, and standard RCA plug (thats what you call a tv cable right? Anyways I cut off the contoller buttons tab thing on the bottom (the guy I bought it from disabled them anyways, I'll find a new spot for them b/c the IR receiver and led power indicator is on it.
Need some space for the big screen to fit folded down, so I had to cut away a good portion of the front section, after a dry fit, I found I need to cut a bit more.