Thanks for the pics. I've got a spare dash bezel hanging in the garage but I think the the dash openings on the actual dash board might be the bigger issue unless I really want to start hacking away at it. It has supports and rolled edges that reduce the opening more than the bezel shows.
Do you recall the exact dimension of the opening required for your screen? I guess that would be the right way for me to start planning. I wonder what a spare dash out of a wrecked truck would cost. I should start watching on Craigslist for a truck that has been parted out. Most people would not need a dash so should be able to get one cheap.
Thanks for the pics, I see what you mean that even if the screen was moved over towards the steering column, it can't go up that much higher.
Thanks man, here are some other pics of the console other than what I posted above. Under the skin its certainly not perfect, but it works good and never seen other than in these pics.
Originally Posted by locs4dayz
I don't have any good pics of the storage spot, so this will have to do. I made sure it had just enough to hold the factory organizer tray (which I never use though) it has at least as much if not more storage than the factor jump seat console that it replaced.
Under side that never gets seen
View from the passenger side, I don't have too many other pics of it installed. From the back seat the back of the console is pretty much even maybe an inch or 2 in from the other seats which are powered all the way back.
Here is a pic with the overall dimensions of the LCD panel as well as the opening dimensions, http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/vbim...img&imgid=1796
Originally Posted by PhilG
I took that pic from the thread about the screen here, http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/vbim...img&imgid=1796
Also I double checked and measured my opening that I cut in the dash, its 8-3/16" tall and 6-3/16" wide.
I can't seem to find he face of the stock bezel but I know I had it somewhere and had it cut down to mold into the dash but never went that route since I wasn't sure about how too or how much it would cost to get the wood grain refinished. I have since gotten a quote for some water transfer graphics of doing any sort of color or pattern I want to replace all the wood grain in the truck, but I just can't seem to come up with a theme I really like.
I am pretty sure I could mold the cut down bezel into the dash and get it all smoothed in, but it will be RIGHT at the bevels around the AC ducts but I don't think will actually impact them, its just quite literally as big as you could possible fit
craigslist or some of the ford forums might help you finding a space dash to work with. I see them come up every now and then on the power stroke forum I am on. My dad actually stumbled on an amazing deal at a flea market one time and bought it for me $10 for a Harley Davidson edition dash piece, seen them on ebay for around $200.
I was also thinking about it later on if you were to move the vents like you said it would be pretty tough at the least and honestly I think it would be better with just the single vent in that location. To move it you would have to not only reconstruct the dash panel, but also the AC duct work, and I believe cut out the support on the right side of the radio so the new duct could go through that space, unless you snaked it through the old radio slot and over.
Ya know, that console turned out really good when I see those pics. That is one of the better "stealth installs" I've seen.
I went back and looked at the 2nd & 3rd pic in post #9 of my build log and I think your right about the complexity of moving the vent. I also think moving the monitor to the left will be no walk in the park either given the support braces in the way. I guess I will focus on getting my console done & installed and then put some more time in on decided if & how I upgrade to the 10" monitor.
Thanks for the dimensions BTW!
I really look forward to seeing any changes you decide to make.
As far as colouring the dash bezel, I think I am going to shoot the console in base/ clear blue to match the exterior then decide from there, if I like it, whether or not to shoot the dash bezel and all of the power window switch bezels on the doors in blue as well.
Looks really nice. I'm amazed how well you got the woodgrain to look. The sub enclosure also looks really nice.
I'd like to go that route also, but I'm holding off to see if I can find a King Ranch interior for less than an arm, a leg, and a testicle.
Overall, really nice build, I'll be watching.
Originally Posted by PhilG
In some good ways and bad ways, not much if anything has changed over the years. Dash and stereo are still 100% the same as before. I've had some thoughts on changes, but never the time.
Only thing that changed was the motherboard decided to die on me, so it got a new motherboard, CPU and ram.
I'm taking a couple idea's from your build like the wifi setup, and hopefully adding on sometime when I get a chance. Maybe a new full console someday.
Originally Posted by SierraStroker
If I finally get around to some updates I will surely post them here, just might be sometime before anything changes.
King Ranch interior sure would be nice, but like you said it probably won't be cheap.
Ya I found one guy asking $2500 for just the seats! $4000 for the seats, door panels and dash. :/
Its kind of derailing my audio plans at the moment too, because I'd hate to build a custom box just to have to do it again once I swap out the interior. And I'd definitely feel dumb spending that kind of money on this truck when I haven't addressed all the mechanical issues yet. But a man can only live without good quality music for so long, you feel me?