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Old 01-05-2005, 12:50 AM   #1
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**Fabricated Console**

Has anyone ever had to redo the front console? I'm presently re-building the console which holds the radio, heating & A/C controls. I also wanted to add a cb radio which I use when on the road to keep up on traffic situations. When I purchased our MH the heating controls in the panel were not fitted correctly. The radio had a lot to be desired as well.

The original face plate which held everything was made of wood and in time along with the experience of some of the previous owners, I found that the wood was split. It also had cut-out modifications which I found to be very un-appropriate. I removed the radio and an older type of cell phone along with many useless wires that went along with it. I then started to build a frame using some metal with several holes in it. I started bolting them together like an old erector set I once had as a kid. Iíve been working on this for almost a week and IĎm at the point now where Iím starting to construct a template to use in order to cut out a new face plate. Iím making it from a 1/8 inch thickness of aluminum. I plan to paint the finish maybe in a gloss black and hopefully when itís done Iíll have a very solid console.
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Old 01-05-2005, 06:24 AM   #2
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There are some photos from awhile back of PeterH 's dash area where he did some metal fabrication and updated the look. If i find them before you do i will post the link.
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Old 01-05-2005, 07:10 AM   #3
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After the template....

You might find when making the template that making "absolutely" round holes of the appropriate diameter is very difficult -

When finished with the template, and making sure it is exactly what you want, you may want to consider taking the template and uncut aluminum to a machine shop with water or laser cutting equipment and let the shop do the actual final cutting....the water and laser holes are SO MUCH cleaner as compared to a mechanical or punch cut.....
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Alan, I think Silvertwinky is redoing his dash console. I only updated my 'entertainment center'. I misplaced all my 8-track tapes, so it was time for a new look.

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Mine didn't have a console but the dash that was there was a disaster, wires to nowhere, splices, a 6 outlet 120v power strip screwed to the dash and plugged into the dinette outlet, dash pad cracked everywhere, etc. Over the years the radio cut out has changed shape and size, I also wanted a CB, some decent gauges and a few other updates. It makes it a lot nicer.

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Old 01-05-2005, 01:44 PM   #6
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Alan, I think Silvertwinky is redoing his dash console. I only updated my 'entertainment center'. I misplaced all my 8-track tapes, so it was time for a new look.
yeah thats it- i could not find the link. Still lookin good.
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Old 01-06-2005, 09:44 AM   #7
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Update dash

Has anyone updated or replaced the entire dash?
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Sure did. It was a lot of work but less than it would have been to repair what I had. Besides I got to put things where I wanted them.

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Sure did. It was a lot of work but less than it would have been to repair what I had. Besides I got to put things where I wanted them.

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Interesting, that looks like it was quite a job! Have you got any photos you would like to share with us after the project was completed?
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The Argosy is my as time is available project. I have finished the chassis wiring but haven't gotten to upholstery so not much has changed there.

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Here is an up-dated photo of what I did if I can get it up-loaded. I know this isn't an A/S but hopefully I won't get "misunderestimated" for it.
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New Console

I have not tried to post a picture before so hopefully this has worked.
This is the completed console my son and I made for our MO. We used 3/4 inch oak planks which were 11 to 14 inches wide. These were saved from when we lived in Iowa over twenty years ago and had a friend with a saw mill. The second cut out on the console is for the XM radio. We left it on a long cord so we can pull it out and change stations then tuck the cord back in. The dog house was also covered with the same oak as well as the step up not shown.
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Did you trim the dogouse in wood? I see in your photo that it is not carpeted. How does that work out for you? I have some berber I considered using on the front area, but it would not adhere well to the doghouse angles and over the edges.
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