08-22-2008, 05:20 PM
I want to build a little housing for my CB radio in my truck. I have the 40/20/40 split bench and want to put this on the floor on the floor hump. I have a very large external speaker for it that needs to be mounted on it as well as a few toggle switches for it. Any ideas on the carpet or what I could do to match the grey interior and how to have all of this look good? I was planning on using some high-density fiber board. I would like to flush mount my CB inside of this and have it flush mounted. Need some ideas here help me out.
08-22-2008, 06:12 PM
I'm not exactly sure if I can give ya much advice on the design aspect as that would mostly need to be up to you since your building it. But I would think something mounted sorta below the dash tucked up under as best as you could between the dash and the tranny tunnel. Not sure if you are wanting to full the entire area or just a portion of it though.
For carpet something like this should work fairly well, http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=260-767 Parts Express sells various other colors and materials such as vinyl and veneers for covering things like this. I can't comment on if that color will be an exact match but it will most likely be pretty close.
Its up to you on the design but if you were to tuck it under the dash it would probably look pretty cool with a brushed aluminum face for the CB and toggle switches then carpet the sides. Have the sides stick out maybe 1/2" top and bottom and round them over and tuck the carpet around the front and then apply the brushed aluminum to the face. Would just have to come up with some sort of supporting system for the CB once its flush mounted as well as a way to fasten down the new console to the truck that is sturdy yet concealed pretty good.
08-24-2008, 03:52 AM
I am looking at doing a full console right there. I am trying to find something like brushed aluminum for the face on it and I am going to put those nice little toggle switch plates that you can buy at most truck stops that are chrome or aluminum or whatever there made out of. How would you go about mounting it down? I was thinking about making something that comes off the console that sticks under the center seat and mount it using the bolts for the seat.
08-25-2008, 01:47 PM
I guess it depends on how much labor you want to be involved with putting it in and out of the truck. A tab that would work with the seat bolts would probably be the easiest to implement and work pretty good. Not really sure of much else other than maybe sending some sort of screws into the floor of the truck to hold it down, obviously check your tranny tunnel for wires and such. I am not much of a fan of putting extra holes in the floor but its about all I can think of other than attaching to the seat bolts.
If the face/top of the console could be easily removed then maybe you could mount it to the lower dash.
If you can build it with a pretty form fitting fashion then maybe by pulling the seat, installing it with the 2 seat bolts as mechanical holds, it shouldn't really go anywhere once the seat is put back in place wedging it between the seat and the dash.
Wish I could be of more help but sounds like the seat bolts will be the easiest mounts to use. I think those are what I am going to use to hold down my sub box when I get it built to replace the center seat.
08-25-2008, 04:31 PM
I agree. After thinking about it that seems like the easiest way. I have ordered many things from the website partsexpress before. Very good service and good qulity things to. Thank you for your advice. I know that nobody has done this type of thing before and really dosn't know much but I think I have a good idea for it and you did help with the mounting of it for sure. What is your opinion for the type of wood to use. I was thinking 1/2 inch MDF or plywood. Not sure because I dont want it getting ruined if it gets wet.
08-25-2008, 05:06 PM
Not really sure how wet it could get other than maybe some snow off your boots or somerhing. I think 1/2" MDF would be fine but for me I think I would go with 3/4" at least for the outside pieces and such, and for runners or cleats or something on the inside for mounting purposes I think 3/4 would be easier to work with and beefier. I guess I just enjoy overbuilding things lol, and they call me an engineer, go figure :pointlaugh:
I would think a nice vinyl covering would look good along the sides instead of carpet but thats me. Or if ya got wood grain on the dash you could probably get some veneer or some oak or something and stain it.
Also would probably be a great place to mount an inverter and outlets and stuff. Nice little command center you could build yourself there.
08-25-2008, 05:41 PM
I think it would look good sprayed with line-x. I'm helping my bro build one for his ranger. He want's to put gauges and switches in it. we mocked something up out of some 1/4" plywood and I think he is gonna get it made out of aluminum. just some thoughts for ya