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Old 09-08-2012, 09:38 AM   #21
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Finally built me an overhead console thingy

Yeah Dave, that's a problem. I hate that visor mount. I have 2 other mounts as well and have the V1 hard wired in all 3 of our cars. That way I can just grab the unit itself if I'm going somewhere, but the van has the worst mount, mostly because it gets driven the least. I'm still looking for a better mount that keeps it off the windshield. I don't like anything on my windshield because it interferes with throwing Reflectix up in a hurry when we park.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:23 PM   #22
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How did you attach unit to van?
How do the visors hang when you turn them towards the side windows?
Does the rearview mirror get in the way when you use the visors for windshield sun blockage?

Nice job and looks like good quality work
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:50 PM   #23
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How did you attach unit to van?
How do the visors hang when you turn them towards the side windows?
Does the rearview mirror get in the way when you use the visors for windshield sun blockage?

Nice job and looks like good quality work
1. I used four 2" sheetrock screws and drilled a pilot hole first. There is a pretty good void between the inner and outer sheetmetal right around the edge of the windshield, but be careful you don't shoot a screw through the outer body of the van!!! Personally, i would recommend pulling your door gaskets down and pulling down on the edge of the headliner first and looking at how things are laid out up there. There are some awkward bends and what not which make getting a drill or screw through there quite a challenge. Also, you'll need someone to help hold your console up there while you attatch it. I was desperate the day I hung mine and cut a piece of 2x4 just long enough to wedge the console in place from the floor.
2. They don't turn to the side any more. I like having that feature in most cars, but with my tinted windows I never use them that way in the van. It's just impossible to mount them where they will cooperate on a flat surface. If you've noticed, the factory visors hang in the sheet metal at quite an angle which makes all the difference when moving them. Mine don't fold out that far anymore (without pointing WAY down) and they don't fold all the way down to the windshield either. Basically, I never use them at all but I didn't want to go without them completely.
3. No, rearview mirror if not compromised. I don't use that either as you can see, but the visors work fine with it when my Ipad isn't hanging there.

trade offs.........trade offs.......
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:09 AM   #24
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Re: Finally built me an overhead console thingy

Looks great, I have plans to redo mine as well- do you think 1/4" board would have worked? It seems like yours would be heavier than I want.
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Looks great, I have plans to redo mine as well- do you think 1/4" board would have worked? It seems like yours would be heavier than I want.
yes, but it depends on the wood. 1/4 ply would work, but I was just using what I had. I originally cut it out of 1/4 masonite but that was too flimsy and too heavy. If you add 'ribs' along the front as I did, thinner wood would work fine.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:27 PM   #26
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Got it carpeted and back in today. I decided to skip the foam on the edge (to keep from smacking my head). I just couldn't figure out how I would get it do lay down even and look good if I did that. i suppose I could put foam on the whole face but I didn't have much. Anyway, it's not near my head and just the carpet adds a good bit of padding.



In these lousy iPhone pics, the grays don't seem to match very well at all, but they look ok actually. Any gray carpet goes decent with the factory Ford gray upholstery. This is the same carpet that CCV trimmed my top in, he sent me a piece to do the console.
Where did you get your carpeting? I'm finding that the one I'm using now is too think. It also had a rubber backing which makes it harder to work with. Thanks
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:48 PM   #27
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^^^ its called ozite. its basically backless carpet. super easy to work with. can be stretched, pulled and manipulated really easily. its what most stereo places carpet thier woofer enclosures with. it should be available at most every fabric store.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:59 PM   #28
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Yea, that's the kind of stuff I ordered today. I going to be using speaker box carpeting. Looks a whole lot easier to work with. Thanks!
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:02 PM   #29
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Wow that came out good and I like it, something else for the list.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:07 PM   #30
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Thanks Shenrie! That's it! I didn't even know what it was called but now I do. It's great stuff. I get it from my local fabric store too.
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