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Old 12-15-2007
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fiberglass cb/cup holder idea.

Hey guys been thinking this one up for the last couple of days. Im thinkin i want to remove the stock "trey" from the tunnel and build a cb holder with possible cup holders. What do you think? Has anybody done anything like this?
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I've been thinking about building one into a full console with fiberglass the other day but haven't put any designs on paper yet.
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cool, i have just been trying to research as much as possible, becuase i have never done anything with fiberglass. its gonna be fun.
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Yea thats not to bad of an idea i've been wanting to mount my cb but i dunno where i wanna mount it at. I've looked at some of the places people mounted them on the forum. but i can't say i'ma fan of where they mounted them at.
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ya same here, im working on it. Ill post pics of how it comes out. Ive got the bottom half started and am working on the second cup holder.
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Old 12-23-2007
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A former Ranger owner and site member known as ShadyLuke (who's a local guy and friend of mine who went to the dark side -- he bought a Jeep...) did something like that. He made one out of fiberglass. It was pretty cool.
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Sounds good I have been off and on with the same idea. My only concerns would be adequate cooling for the commo.
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i wanted to do something like this but i wanted to build a custom ohc with the explorer readout and a cb all in one.
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some one on here has done an ohc with the cb, but it looks like it was made out of wood. Well its been a couple of weeks of on again off again working on it, and im happy to say that its ready for primer. Also, ive decided since my cb fires downward that i need to have an external speaker, and i am trying to find the right size speaker to adapt in my explorer ohc since i do not have a garage door opener. Pics coming upon completion.
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Sounds good I have been off and on with the same idea. My only concerns would be adequate cooling for the commo.
CB's don't really get all that warm. Unless your antenna match is bad, But the heat is still very little. They are 4watts max and the whole frame inside is usually aluminum so it has a fairly good heatsink for it's size
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CB's don't really get all that warm. Unless your antenna match is bad, But the heat is still very little. They are 4watts max and the whole frame inside is usually aluminum so it has a fairly good heatsink for it's size
thats what i was thinking, just judging by touching it. primers on.
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alright give me a sec, i aint gonna lie, its kinda ugly, but for a first time deal its turninout alright.
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I love the idea, its a great start.
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I like the idea a lot, I think that if you had some more practice with the fiberglass it could come out great. Fiberglass is not easy stuff to work with though. I cant wait to see how it all comes out.
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You could use some thick construction paper as a base to make a mold, Kinda like paper mache <-- bad spelling on that word-- But some practice it would be a smoking idea.
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ya didnt think of the consturction paper. I started out with a t shirt and a base that i cut from measurements from the old console. the cup holders were the real pain. but if i were to do this all over again i would def have a lot better idea of what im dealing with.
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I have even seen them lay tape down where they are going to form something so they can lift it off the surface and have a good duplicate.
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I think it's a great idea! I'm sure you'll be able to get it to a point where it'll look killer!
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I was more concerned about cooling a ham radio than a cb. Looks like a good start. With some sanding and smoothing it should turn out nice.
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na i didnt use a mold and did a crappy job forming it, cuz it was the first time, but its installed, dont have pics yet though. ill try and get them up soon. im considering making a new one. this time im gonna use a mold from my buddys o3 manual.
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Good idea!

Built a base and frame out of MDF and then stretch fleece over it for form before laying down the resin and fiberglass. Also for the cupholders, you could use the plastic ones that they sell at wal-mart as a form... or get a chunk of foam and shave one out to use as a mold. Good luck!
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Well here it is, with some empty camel packs and other random jargin, if you can see it. Ill get better pics tomorrow. Im def. gonna make a new one.

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If you make a larger console then take a block of foam, shave it down to the shape you want, cover it in aluminum foil, then ccover it with fiberglass, sand and paint, then remove the foam and voila.
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