more pics would help
Don't mind the stock double din in the picture. I have a single din unit in my car and would like to move the head unit to the cubby hole above to give me a double din space for a carputer screen (7" Lilliput). I removed the dash and found out a few things:
1) The cubby hole can be removed and you will be left with a 7" wide and 1.5" din high opening.
2) The flip up panel of the cubby hole can be removed but the cubby hole slot is too small to fit the single din head unit in (wishful thinking)
After removing the cubby hole, i'll be left with an opening that can fit my head unit. My problem is, how do I mount it in there? There are no supporting bits in the dash I can use to mount my head unit. Its just a flat dash opening and nothing behind it. For reference, the cubby hole is mounted to the dash by screws. Tabs on side of the cubby hole allow screws to screw toward the back of the dash to hold it in place.
Ideas would be appreciated...or pics if someone has done something like this
If you're not going to use the mounting points currently being used by the single din unit, you can build a steel support (bar or panel) attached on these old mounting points going all the way up to the new position.
Something a bit like this, only it's upside down on the picture (ignore the front and middle parts, of course). It would go from the existing mounting points all the way to the top where you need it. If you use bars, you may need to brace them, if panels, maybe not.
to add to what ripplinghurst said, most aftermarket radios have a threaded hole on the back in the middle just for this. most radios also include a metal strap with them that is thin enough to bend to the correct angles.
if you can't find it, try to find a generous car audio shop to give you one or 2(or check their dumpster )-- they usually don't use them, so they should be easy to get...
just get creative with teh strap, and use either small screws, or epoxy to attach it to the bezel, and it should turn out great.
just post pics when your done!
works great too. holds reall strong. bybyte doubledin ordered for the doubledin opening now.
it looks like it was supposed to go there. nice work!