The Fiberglass Dust is Flying
Seems really dumb, I lay up all this glass then I cut it back out.
First I tore apart the middle seat console/ armrest/ storage comp to see what I could use.
I decided I could use the storage bucket and lid which will give me somewhat of an OEM look rather than a piece of plywood with door hinges on it.
The issue is I had to cut the drink holders off the front of it yet I have to try to reassemble the original middle seat to keep using it while I finish the console. I guess we'll see how that goes :fear:
You can see the sharpie line where I have to cut the drink holder off.
So I poked a big hole in the top of the console to make room for the bucket
I then added some sticks to help when I build up the glass to make the console sit properly in the hole.
It would be so much easier to just morph the bucket/lid into the console with glass but I will try to build up the console to make a clean mating surface for the bucket so it can be removed if needed (ie hinge breaks and it needs replacing)
So I made up a bunch of templates for larger pieces that will get cut in.
Here is pretty much everything that needs to get installed.
One critical decision I have made: I will not incorporate the Griffin Power Mate, I will run volume off of the Alpine processor. That way I am not messing with the optical-out signal once the system is tuned. If my thinking is wrong here, someone please correct me.
The other decision is to NOT incorporate the Parrot BT device I am currently using into the build. I really hope CF gets it right because I do not want a "Gadget" hanging off my dash after I went to all this trouble integrate everything.
It seemed a shame to take a brand new chromed up Ranger CB and peel the case off it but I guess ya do what ya gotta do:
So here is the layout I am going with.
I wanted the CB on top so the processor controller would be closer to me plus the large body of the CB inside the console would be further out of the way but I decided it was more important to pay attention to the mic wire coming out of the CB. I didn't want it laying over the processor.
This layout will render the pull out drink holder useless. I do use the change holder part of it regularily though. I am debating cutting it into the opposing surface where you see the dotted lines. The DVD is going there, I could move the DVD to the cup holder location in the dash but I think instead I will continue to install it in that opposing face and try to leave room for the drink holder on that surface as well. Besides, I may need the dash space for later mods.
There will be drink holders in the large removable access panel anyways.
The dotted line shows the open space I have to work with due to the sub box mating up there from below and the storage bucket from on top.
That pocket is from a previous truck dbl din install. I am going to cut it into the drivers side of the console and run the IPOD wire there. I will not use an IPOD often but passengers may want to. I will use this space for my wallet and maybe phone, I hate sitting on my wallet while driving and having my phone jabbing into my side near the seatbelt.
OK, now on with the cutting - I drew a centre line first and centred the Alpine processor:
I will then line up the left side of the CB with the left side of the processor for 2 reasons; There is a stick in the way underneath and I want that area to the upper left for switches.
So I had to get the new controller face out of the box just to see how it will looks.
Heres the drivers side view:
From another vantage point:
The laptop does fit but there are definitely space issues due to the low hanging CB and some of the original wood sticks in the way. I will have to massage this area to make everything fit comfortably.
Thats it for now.
Next I will cut in the pocket, the DVD drive and consider moving the drink holder. I will also drill in 6 switches and maybe give some thought to LED ambient lighting. I would prefer to deal with that later but if it affects glass structure it has to be dealt with now.
I also have to decide on what to use for the access panel cover with drink holders. Originally my thought was use the route out and flush it back in but I am now leaning towards a polished aluminum panel surface mounted.
My immediate goal is to get done with the console bucket so i can get the truck back together then just work away at the console when time permits.
I hope you enjoyed this update, thanks for looking!