So now its back in I took it around the block for a few days. I had been searching for a center console for this truck for a bit of time. But, because everyone who is selling one is a self-righteous ass and wants stupid money for them I decided id goto my local LKQ and take one from an Expedition. The unit was $34 and after so slight negotiating it went right in.
So as you can tell by that super great looking center console I needed to downgrade.
So I picked up the center console and just placed it there to head home with plans to do it that night. I ended up starting the next day but here is the pic of the way home.
So i started by cutting down the front end of it. I wanted to get it so it would mount flush like the factory set up and look clean. I cut off everything measuring 3 inchs in from the panel and just using the same angle.
Next was i had to figure out a way to mount it to the floor since i dont have factory spots for it i built the brackets using flat stock. All i did was figure out two flat areas inside so i could mount to the side wall and then just go into the floor. The Panels do raise it off the ground about 1/4 of a inch but with carpet i figured id only leave 1/8 of an inch hanging and just bolt it so it would suck into the floor. I laid the metal down then made a line where i needed to bend it then cut another 1.5 inch from there to figure out how much material.
Safety first drilling the holes, and bending it. The vise was shaking so hard i held the piece with my hand as i drilled it. Only got hot metal on me 13 times so i think that was a job well done. But it worked and idc.
Test fit it in place and made sure it would secure and used bolts with lock nuts to hold it in place.
I figured with maths that the bar would flex, the plastic would flex, and no way betty sue can put all her weight on it when were driving down a back road if its rocking hard then she does. So i got nylon spacers and put them in and measured to get a long enough bolt.
So the holes are drilled and everything set up on the unit.
Next just comes marking the carpet and drilling the holes. I learned while doing this part that drillbits love carpet and sound dead material more than a starved for attention college girl loves her "daddy". You cant tell in the pic but the area where the hole is had more waves then 80s hair style.
I also realized the top cover wouldnt fit smooth and i had to cut part of the dash, i held my thumb up like a art major and determined the perfect cut.
Here is a picture all mounted in place, just starting the second half of giving it power and love.
I had to take a lunch break to really figure out who i was as a person and who i wanted to be, Panda Express seemed correct.
So the center console i got the guy had put a metal piece over what i assume was the shifter cover and it looked like walmart at 2am i mean just pure trashy. So i used some plastic i had from another project to cut the spot and jb weld it in place. Once i started that thinking this would be cool to place my phone i decided "Hell if i put my phone here it better charge it or else i dont even want this truck" so now i had to install bluetooth charging in the location.
Took apart a wirless charger and jb weld that in place so i have the ability to charge.
Lastly i need power, so this had to be creative using a 12volt power source, 12volt to usb, a usb charger, and all work with the factory uplifter switches that never came with this truck. After playing with a 12v battery and nipple clamps and feeling like i was about to interegate someone i figured out using the stock loom the hot, ground, and switch feeds. I spliced power from the roof lights into the hot so the switches only work when truck is on since I always forget. Then i put power to all the switches, and tied the light bar, radar, and power for usb charger into 1,3,4 switch and then ground them all to the fire wall using a single cable.
I got it all put in and working, Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture cause i pulled the gauge cluster to redesign and upgrade that. Well it turns out if you pull the cluster with daytime running it'll turn your lights on for you and leave them. So i came out and my battery was dead, jumped it, dead, jumped it again, dead, Finally got it working for more than a few hours and figured i had a short also. Tore apart everything truck still died and now needed two cars to jump it. Well i figured out a battery shorted and killed the other battery. I went got two new batteries and then tested the truck for 2 days before i put it all back together.
So it has a bezel ill take a pic tomorrow to post but it looks good fits great. The only thing i hate is the lid is gray and the brushed aluminum. So im gonna have the whole center, dash center, door pieces and vents wrapped in wood, and the gray lether im having taken off and a custom black leather one made for it so itll be black like everything else. Also if any one wants to see how all the pillar trim went in i can show that also since that was upgraded to 2012 stuff. The doors are 08 same with dash, the center console is 06 expedition i believe.