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Center Consol for the Truck

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Project by SplashMaster posted 03-13-2012 05:12 PM 1694 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Center Console for the Truck (Ford Ranger 2000 Model)

Dimensions
• Outside
• 28” Long X 9 ¾” Wide

• Inside
• 17 ½” Long X 8 ½” Wide X 12 ½” Deep

There used to be a 60/40 split bench seat in my truck that had a small fold down consol. I did not like it at all. I was only big enough to hold a few CD’s and some change plus the latch was lose ever since I had the truck. So I decide it was time to change it up. I got some bucket seats out of a 1997 ford explorer form a junk yard for 60 bucks. The bolted right in perfectly, but that was not good enough for me so I made some spacers and raised the seats up by 2”.

Then I worked for a while design the consol. I knew I wanted it to hold my CB and VHF radio’s and for its height to be level with the arm rest. I would of liked cup holders but there was not room. Also it needed to accommodate for the gear shifter. Other than that I wanted it to be as big as possible. But I did not just want a rectangle; it needed to be unique so I decided to make the front angle be parallel to the shifter. From there it was simple though just made 900 and 450 turns till I hit the top. I started with a piece of card board to get the contour of the truck and then traced it out on ply wood. With some trial and error and a lot of sanding I got it glued and tacked up. I used some cabinet hinges and left a lip on the lid on the driver side for opining it.

Well it turned out nicely with several coats of clear semi gloss polyurethane. I used ½” pine ply wood because it was cheap. Thanks for checken it out!





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davey

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 05:20 PM

Awesome idea. And affordable too! My first car was a 1985 “danger” ranger. I loved that truck. It sadly died on my many times until it gave out for good.

That would be a lot of sanding with the more inexpensive ply to avoid a nasty splinter in your elbow but it looks like you did a great job with the sanding and poly.

I might consider two braces on the underside of the lid to avoid it warping on you a little bit.

So cool, wish I had this in my danger ranger back in her glory days. May she rest in peace.

-- davey

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SplashMaster

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 05:26 PM

Thank Davey,
Yeah It did take a lot of sanding it was B/C ply I think but now it is slick. Ill try and do that with the lid. I also plan on putting a cushion on the lid for added comfort.

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bowtie

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 10:08 AM

looks like you’ve got lots of storage space now.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com

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