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  • Just starting custom console in 02 P71 Crown Vic

    Like the title says, just starting my custom console. I am a total N00b at this. I have read alot on here and other forums and you guys are all soooo much better at this than I ever will be. This is my first fab for the car. I am getting better at wood-working thanks to Bernie and harbour Freight!. I am a confirmed "Tool Whore". Have been now for about 4 years. Have purchased many fine power-tools over the years and each one makes the work that much better and easier.
    Here is the "victim". and 02 Crown Vic P71.
    I wanta get this uploading pics thing right, so more pics in next posting minutes from now.

    ==LawnGOD
    Attached Files
    1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
    Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
    Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
    iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
    All mounted in a Custom Console
    Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

  • #2
    More Crown Vic pics

    These pics are of the empty console area. I cannot find a mount point on the hump, so I will cut some contouring braces and mount them in the console. Any suggestions on securing this thing to the floor would be welcome.
    Attached Files
    1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
    Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
    Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
    iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
    All mounted in a Custom Console
    Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

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    • #3
      More Crown Vic pics- console mockup

      This is obviously the mockup of the console. I used 1/8 inch foam mat board cuz I couldnt find cardboard big enough. $1.99 a sheet at the local Ben Franklins. Took 3 sheets and some glue to do this. very loosely done as I was more concerned with design and fit than putting in the cross-members.
      Attached Files
      1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
      Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
      Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
      iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
      All mounted in a Custom Console
      Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

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      • #4
        Cutting wood - finally!

        Sp these are the actual panels that I cut from the templates in the previous pics. 1/2 MDF. 4x8 sheet is $15 at Homedepot. I have alot left over for versions 2 and 3 of this project.
        Attached Files
        1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
        Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
        Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
        iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
        All mounted in a Custom Console
        Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

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        • #5
          I screwed up!

          I screwed up by routing (attempting to round) the wrong side. I caught myself before I did too much. Only the top edge was done wrong. I was going to attach a brace to that edge anyway so I have space and strength to put the hinges for the compartment door on the top. I should be able to fill in the area I rounded with bondo (thats the plan anyway) then smooth out before I attach hinges and door.
          Attached Files
          1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
          Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
          Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
          iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
          All mounted in a Custom Console
          Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

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          • #6
            The cut sides...placed in the car

            First pic are the side panel. From here, everything is a straight cut...straight is easy!


            The second pic is where I used my new router and table to cut a notch in the side so it could lock into the slide of the old cup-holder / ashtray.
            Attached Files
            1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
            Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
            Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
            iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
            All mounted in a Custom Console
            Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

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            • #7
              Side panels. Placed and spaced

              More pics of side panels inserted into car. Will do additional measurements from here and prob start putting some of the center (straight) peices in. Glue, clamps and screws are next. I want to build some pretty fancy compartments in this thing. Not the least of which will be a slot to hold the laptop, a hidden gun compartment, a set of doors for keyboard and mouce, a switch panel and 2 radios...
              I would be very interested in any ideas or commentary you may have concerning my little project, as I am very green and wanting to do a good job.
              Wish me luck...

              ==LawnGOD
              Attached Files
              1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
              Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
              Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
              iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
              All mounted in a Custom Console
              Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

              Comment


              • #8
                BTW, how do you make the pics display instead of just a link?
                1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
                Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
                Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
                iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
                All mounted in a Custom Console
                Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

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                • #9
                  Nice job so far!!!

                  You have to host the pictures else where, and insert the url to the picture...

                  http://www.imageshack.us is free

                  Peace,

                  Rafster
                  Post # 3000

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                  • #10
                    02 P71 CrownVic console con't....

                    So the saga of me creating a custom console for my Vic continues. I have most of the wood (MDF) in place now and it seems to fit nicely into my alotted area. Here is the console just before I put the main brace arms in.
                    Attached Files
                    1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
                    Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
                    Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
                    iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
                    All mounted in a Custom Console
                    Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

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                    • #11
                      con't...

                      The console is currently put together using only 1.5 inch sheetrock screws but it seems to be holding together very nicely. The plan is to take it apart after I finished mocking it up, then put it back together with glue and screws.
                      After that, I am a bit fuzzy on how to procced.
                      Attached Files
                      1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
                      Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
                      Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
                      iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
                      All mounted in a Custom Console
                      Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        More console...

                        Here is the console in the Vic for the last sizing. I have already put the last of the brces in the console and its almost ready for the next phase - Resin, Bondo, sanding and painting.
                        I still have a few peices of wood to install, but here's my question.
                        So once I have completed the "wood" phase, do I apply resin THEN Bondo? Or do i even apply resin? I understand I need the bondo for smoothing everything out, but do I need the resin? Does it add strength? even without fiberglass matting?
                        Any suggestions would be helpful and much appreciated here as I am at a lose on how to procced.
                        Attached Files
                        1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
                        Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
                        Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
                        iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
                        All mounted in a Custom Console
                        Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          More console...

                          Here is the console in the Vic for the last sizing. I have already put the last of the brces in the console and its almost ready for the next phase - Resin, Bondo, sanding and painting.
                          I still have a few peices of wood to install, but here's my question.
                          So once I have completed the "wood" phase, do I apply resin THEN Bondo? Or do i even apply resin? I understand I need the bondo for smoothing everything out, but do I need the resin? Does it add strength? even without fiberglass matting?
                          Any suggestions would be helpful and much appreciated here as I am at a lose on how to procced.
                          1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
                          Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
                          Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
                          iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
                          All mounted in a Custom Console
                          Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Pic

                            forgot to attach pic to previous post.
                            Attached Files
                            1.6GHz Compaq laptop w/ 512M
                            Innovatec 393TV w/ MP3,DVD,CD and TV
                            Lilliput 8" TS VGA w/2x Video In
                            iGuidance 3.0 w/ Garmin GPS
                            All mounted in a Custom Console
                            Inside an 02 P71 CrownVic w/ 20% tint all around

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Well there are several ways that u can go now. You could take the pieces apart and cover each of them wit Leather or any other material then put it back together. I would suggest that way. You can take it out and mold crevices and corners etc with resin first to contour everything the way u like it. Then you come back with bondo and tweak it. Bondo is easier to use and sand. Resin sticks to just about anything pretty easy. Understand now?

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