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    Default Building a center console from scratch, with no wood working skills!!!

    Here's a link to and highlight pics from the original thread from pre-GMN CVN.
    I hope this inspires some one!!!

    http://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/u...e=1#Post488751




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    Great looking console pete, thats the one that inspired me. Easy to build and a perfect spot for guages.


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    I just noticed you stole my tach-in-the-clock-hole idea! You owe me money!!

    The hinged bit gives me ideas for making fun storage bins. The pegboard stuff is very easy to work with - I used it for the sides of the mini-console I made a few years ago. I used sheet aluminum for the top and wrapped blue automotive carpet from Wal-Mart around the sides and front. It was fun, but I never really got it looking quite right. I have ambitious plans for a full-length console once I get my hands on a set of bucket seats.

    My biggest question, though - where do you guys get the vinyl for this stuff?
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    I got mine at wal-mart, but i think any craft store that sells fabric would have it. You just buy it by the yard, and dont need much. Wal-mart didn't have the biggest selection of colors, so you might have to shop around a little.


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    Looks good, I wan't one
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    Ive never realized how cool that really looked. Another new project for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    Ive never realized how cool that really looked. Another new project for me.

    You on teh CB much? I'm teh "Slick Pantherman" if you ever hear me.
    I wan't to get into radios a lil' bit.

    What should I start with???

    How easy is it to modify them???

    sorry 4 tha thread jack!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87vicFIVEO View Post
    I wan't to get into radios a lil' bit.

    What should I start with???

    How easy is it to modify them???

    sorry 4 tha thread jack!
    I'm not into it real big. I just use a Radio Shack cheapo CB and a short magnetic mount anntenna. Works fine for me, I can get signals in from 10 miles and send them out just as far at night. Picks up an electronic fuel pump real bad though, but no worries in the '82 since it's mechanical.

    I just like to keep on the traffic reports and the truckers have some good stories to tell also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1987cp View Post
    I just noticed you stole my tach-in-the-clock-hole idea! You owe me money!!
    how do we know you didnt steal it from me??????

    Some people dont like it there. think its "hard to see"
    I think its so perfect, its meant to be.

    As far as CB's.... mine doesnt get poop for range and I have a crappy antenna. Im sure the CB sux too, I could never get more than a 1/2 mile clear range with it.

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    Who would stick a kitty in a center console, honestly?!?!

    But anyways... lol... anyone ever come up with an idea for a center console that goes between the seats, in the case of buckets?

    That's a future plan for the Deuce. Possibly with some diamond plating... hmmm...
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    Quote Originally Posted by murphmobile2 View Post
    Who would stick a kitty in a center console, honestly?!?!
    Kitty??? Now I'm even more confused!

    Quote Originally Posted by murphmobile2 View Post
    But anyways... lol... anyone ever come up with an idea for a center console that goes between the seats, in the case of buckets?.
    I thought I'd mentioned that in my last post ........ I've kicked around vague ideas, but haven't gotten around to trying to actually design something. I don't suppose you've come up with any good ideas on how to do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 85crownHPP* View Post
    patience. there will be a full center console....
    dito...


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    I may steal your design, I want cup holders damn it! Also if you want to be creative, you can run a vent to the rear seat by somehow hooking it up to the center vent. Is that a vent, I always feel heat come out when I have heater on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by saiyaneye View Post
    Also if you want to be creative, you can run a vent to the rear seat by somehow hooking it up to the center vent. Is that a vent, I always feel heat come out when I have heater on?
    Interesting idea. Might not be that hard to do, either. The little vent thing on the very bottom comes off (just don't break it like I did!), and with some effort and creativity I'd think it would be fairly easy to adapt some sort of ducting to that outlet and vent it to both the front and rear floor areas.

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    What kind of wood did you use just cheap ass plywood. I guess for the vent I can construct one from fiberglass, the only thing is I will have to take out the seat to get my damn mold...

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    For mine I just used pieces of pegboard, which is very thin and wouldn't be great for a larger project; I'd think any plywood, MDF, or OSB would be fine as long as you can get the structure and finish the way you want it; for example, a) 7/16" OSB is relatively heavy and might be overkill if you won't be putting a lot of weight on it, b) for a woodgrain top you'd obviously want a plywood made from some hardwood or a cheap plywood or MDF with a hardwood veneer applied (come to think of it, I like that idea!), and c) while for a carpeted or padded vinyl finish it wouldn't matter so much as long as the fabric can be laid smooth. Just a few things I intend to take into account when I get around to building another one.
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    I wonder what I would have to do for a cupholder? Just cut out various sized rings? Then a piece for the bottom. I guess I could brush up some fiberglass resin on it to protect it when cup sweats.

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    That's an idea. It'd be more elegant than a square hole, and there'd be no worrying about stuff getting lost inside. I guess if space and cleverness worked out, I might try some sort of pull-out design .... I think I like your idea better, though. Be a good project for someone like me to learn about fiberglass molding, too.
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