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for a while now ive wanted to make something for my truck that could hold a camera while im driving. i thought about mounting my tripod to the floor (where my shifter is). i could never think of a way to do this. for the most recent wharton trip, i thought about velcro on the dash, but realized it wouldnt stay with all the bumps and such . so do u guys have any ideas for me. thanx in advance
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Here is the set up that I had in my focus. Removed the headrest, slide the headreast through the mounting holes(also had set screws there to hold it) and then reinstall the headrest to the seat.




This may not work on your application but its a idea for ya.
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Thats pretty slick.... at least if you have headrests that move. It didn't shake around a lot like that?
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thats a pretty kool idea. the only problem is that my headrests dont come out. nut thanx for the idea. ill keep thinking. maybe more ppl will chime in
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um we can measure some **** and illo fab something at work.
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I've use mine for a couple of movies I've made now.

It's a 1" pipe flange, bolted to the floor between the seats and just behind them. Then I mounted the top piece of a tripod to one end of a 3 foot or so long piece of 1" pipe, and the other end is threaded to go into the flange. Instant camera mount.

There's footage I shot from it here:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=12698

Use the links from blckout's site, not djayes -- his site doesn't work anymore. The one for "food" has no footage from the in truck camera.

One problem I have is that the tripod mount for my video camera is too weak. The camera can vibrate quite a bit on the tripod mount. I thought it was the mount intself, but stabilizing it only helped a little -- most of the problem is a weak tripod mount point on the rather larger super-VHS JVC camcorder I use.
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this is my camera my camera its obviously smaller then urs john, but so far i kinda like ur idea. did u just screw the flange in the to floor or what??? thanx guys
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I am anti screwing things to the floor, but a Buddy of mine has a neat camera set up, its base bolts to the seat bolts on the left and right side then a pole comes out the middle and extends up to eye level and then it has a base to hold the camera. This makes it appear as the viewer is the riding b**** in the car with you. I will see if he has pics of his setup.

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my laptop mount is basically sprinkler pipe from homedepot and it is mounted to the passenger seat floor. you could do something sort of the same but rig up the other end for the camera. Laptop stays firmly mounted.
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Here is the set up that I had in my focus. Removed the headrest, slide the headreast through the mounting holes(also had set screws there to hold it) and then reinstall the headrest to the seat.




This may not work on your application but its a idea for ya.


thas awesome as ****, i should do that since i have mustang buckets with headrests... What material did you use?
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Here is the set up that I had in my focus. Removed the headrest, slide the headreast through the mounting holes(also had set screws there to hold it) and then reinstall the headrest to the seat.




This may not work on your application but its a idea for ya.
I bet you could sell a bunch of them on here. I'd buy one.
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If you cant get nothing , lemme know ill fab up somethin for ya. jus got a good idea! lol bad i know!
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I bet you could sell a bunch of them on here. I'd buy one.

ranger seats dont have removable headrests, so only a select few would want one
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this is my camera my camera its obviously smaller then urs john, but so far i kinda like ur idea. did u just screw the flange in the to floor or what??? thanx guys
Correct. I can take a pic sometime. Wish I'd have known you were interested in Wharton -- I could have just put it together for you. I decided not to use it last trip.
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ok could u take a pic. thanx for the info guys
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hes mine for my digital camera.....
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...t=camera+mount
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ranger seats dont have removable headrests, so only a select few would want one
Oh yeah I was thinking about the mustangs when i said that.
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Oh yeah I was thinking about the mustangs when i said that.

speaking of that, i have seats out of a 98 coupe i think, and ive tried pulln hard (they might just be stuck) but is there any trick to getting the headrest off?
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You could always put a bracket ACROSS where the fold down visors are attached in the middle. I saw a few people with their CB's attached that way....
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You could always put a bracket ACROSS where the fold down visors are attached in the middle. I saw a few people with their CB's attached that way....
And the mirror wouldnt be in the way.
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Do you have an extended cab? I simply bungied a tripod w/ my camera mounted on it in the back of my ex-cab truck for a road-trip down to PA for a meet a couple years ago. I set my still-camera up to take a photo every 5 minutes and made a video out of the results. It worked great.. I'm sure video would work equally as well.

It's kind of pricy for a couple suction cups, a sheet of aluminum, and a 1/4-20 thread, but there's a product called stickypod out there. A couple weeks ago I saw guys at the autocross I went to w/ cameras suction cuped to the inside of their windsheilds. I've been toying w/ the idea of buying one or trying to build my own and sticking it to the outside of my car/truck to try some interesting photography while underway.
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^^^ i dont have the extended cab, but that sticky pod thing looks pretty neat. it is kinda pricy, but very functional. thanx for all the help guys
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Yeah, the stickypod thing looks pretty sweet to me too. The thing is it is trivial to make if you already have good, sturdy suction cups. And they sell replacment/extra suction cups seperately too, unfortunately you have to be a 'current customer' and have already bought a stickypod to buy the cups individually. Monday morning I asked our mech guys if they knew of anyone that supplied industrial grade cups.. They couldn't come up w/ anything better than I had found on google already. I might buy their cheapest 'pod just so I can gain access to the cups.

I really want one for screwing w/ on the motorcycle!
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You could use suction cups used for windshield replacements. I use a set from equalizer.com
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