well it was time for a cb in the truc, and mount my ham radio in there too. i built a steel plate out of 1/8" steel. for 2 reasons i used 1/8" steel. one i had it so freebie. and two i could remount my factory aux in jack for the radio.
used the factory plastic piece and used it for a template. trimmed it all out with my 4 1/2" grinder with a cut off wheel. as for the small bend i needed, i could of cut the part off and re welded it. but i chose to score a line in the steel and clamp it in the vice and bent it over a few deg*. drilled 3 holes and was able to use factory screws and mounting points.
held the cb and backet up to it in the truck and tack welded it on and then finished welded it to my plate. then cut out a mounting tab for my ham radio control head to be stuck to. welded it on also. took and drilled 4 holes and hogged out the extra steel with a die grinder. was able to make the stock aux input jack fit into the plate.
so all i have left to do is drill a large hole for coax and power cables to pass through into the dash and put a gromet in the hole. and a coat of paint. fixin to paint it glss black to match the other black parts in the cab.
lol ok nuff rambeling heres some pics. BTW all i have is crappy cell phone pics.
removed the trans console, theres the seat belt restraint module under it. (klein Tools FTMFW!!)
plate screwed to the dash,and cb mounted on.
all finished welded
mounted up on the dash.
and heres the ham radio control head held up next to the cb.
and on a side project happening the same time. built a battery tray to mount on the side of my 30yr old miller AEAD-200LE engine welder.