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Van console ???

Discussion in 'Home Brew' started by rangelia, Sep 30, 2020.

  1. rangelia

    rangelia Member

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    I have a 2019 express 15 passenger van. I have been looking for a console to mount cb, amp, few switches..... I like the gamberjohnson stuff , but cant seem to find anything for van... Any Ideas or DIY's that peoples put in van consoles? thanks. 2019expresspassenger-181207050736-thumbnail-4.jpg


     
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  2. Slowmover

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    DD8E0B16-B2E6-4894-9090-4E98E3C7A42E.jpeg DB60ABB9-8E2D-4A01-8F98-CF3B04475DA5.jpeg As an idea: Peterbilt #20-16898 is a floor-mount “console” that fits on the floor next to the seat and is not in the way of going rearward with the gearshift present.

    Top pic is Peterbilt part.
    Second is eBay generic.

    It does not rise higher than the seat cushion. Developed for the 359-series and carried into the 379-series.

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    (There are other items like this out there).

    I recommend a parts search to get dimensions. Compare to seat present in van. (Note that tapers towards base. Follow that).

    It did not fit flush against seat (air-ride seats move up/down as well as forward/rearward), so the “critical” areas of concern are in bringing power and coax as to placement.

    Two big burly men can pack a lot of “stuff” into their own to get down the road for that days maps, coffee, BOL, snacks and misc.

    This item is so great I’ve thought of spending my own money to install one.

    One for each front passenger seat is the way to go. For something as small as this is . . it holds a surprising amount.

    Radios faced upwards (marine mount with cover inletted) is simple & appealing)
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    #2 Slowmover, Sep 30, 2020
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  3. WECSOG

    WECSOG Sr. Member

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    I'm using a milk crate between the front seats of my van. Multiple radios mounted inside. If the radios don't stick up beyond the top, you can even put a hinged cover on it.
     
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    secret squirrel Lustrous Potentate

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    I have seen many a old fire department squad vehicle- Suburban, van, pick up truck with wooden home brew consoles. the woodwork was well built with heavy vanish, switches and wiring all managed well. When a factory built option was not available the guys built it. A modern van would still look professional with a custom wooden cabinet, between the seats or mounted to the dog box.
     
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  5. Slowmover

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    That’s why I offered the above as an idea. Proven size & design.
    There used to be an eBay seller of custom wood units as you describe (and we’ve both seen). Late 1980s conversion vans (see pics).

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  6. groundwire

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    Or something like this? I know a guy who is building them to order in the style that you want. He is gonna start selling soon. received_2400109813468919.jpeg received_314679096502240.jpeg
     
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    I got several new old stock hercules powder company wooden dynamite boxes.i had 1 betweeen the seats in my 89 mack superliner daycab .
    Hinged lid n installed radio inside it n kept some other stuff in it too l0g book insurane n permit papers.
    1 dot guy inspected my truck n was all excited that i had a case o dynimite between my seats till he seen it was empty never used.
    I ended up making a cushion on top n then id lay across seats n slerp,or my daughter n wife would go along daughter had a seat
     
  8. WECSOG

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    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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  9. Slowmover

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    “Good morning, Oskifer! God is Great!!”
     
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    #10 cralt, Oct 26, 2020
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  11. Slowmover

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    Nice as that is, I’d buy it new.

    Within reach of The Captains Command Chair.
    Aboard the Starship, Enterprise.

    “Regulus Six, Mr Sulu”.
    “O’Hura, open comms to Starfleet”.

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