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.
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.
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.
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...
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.