In my ’88 Ranger I built a small overhead console to mount my UNIDEN Pro 520.
Ran the Coax on top of the Headliner to the 3rd Brake Light and out on the lower side of it.
Mounted my Antenna on the Sport Bar and tuned it.
No Pics because the ’88 has been gone now for eight years. (rest in peace).
The 1st gen Ranger have a lot of room, under the dash, overhead, get the CB within arms reach and nail it.
Maybe since the Bench Seat is broken you could replace the seats with bucket and a console and mount to the front of the console where my new one will be as soon as I get the new seats and console in.
Someone did a write on using a piece of aluminum under the back of the console as a mounting point but you could reverse that and mount to the front of the console.
Just thinking out loud, sorry if none of this helps but just trying to get ya think’n.
4x4, 5sp, Std Cab, Stepside, E4 Red
4” Lift - Coil-Overs, 6” SkyJacker Leafs - No Blocks (Mistake)
31 Spline FX4 Rear Axle, 4.56s and OX Locker, Hurst Shifter w/Optional Stick and "Made by Grev" alignment adapter