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This instructable will show you an inexpensive way to make a custom phone/GPS mount for your car without glue or screws.

I was looking for a way to mount my iPhone in my car in a position that allowed me to easily see the screen without having to look away from the road too much and operate the phone with out letting go of the steering wheel. I didn't want anything that would damage the interior with adhesives or screws. When shopping for car mounts I found suction cup style windshield mounts, which were very cheep but California law prohibits what you can attach to your windshield. Vent clip attachments would not place the phone where I wanted it and, of course, would block a vent. Custom molding mounts were too expensive and would have to be replaced if I ever changed cars.

A friend of mine came up with a pretty good solution by sticking an inexpensive suction cup type phone mount to the glass in front of her instrument panel. I found a suction cup windshield mount holder for a couple bucks online. I ordered two, one for my car and one for my wife's. Unfortunately the glass on my wife's instrument panel is curved so the suction cup couldn't get a seal and the only place it fit on my car covered the odometer and tended to fall off every now and then.

My solution was to make an adapter that would securely attach the car mount holder to the dashboard.

Materials needed:
- Thin sheet of aluminum or tin. It should be strong enough to hold its shape but thin enough to wedge between the molding pieces on your car's dashboard. (I found some at an art supply store with the model making stuff for less than $5. I'm sure you could find something similar at a hobby shop or hardware store. You could probably salvage a suitable piece of flexible smooth metal from a tin container or some other product.)
- Cheap suction cup style windshield car mount holder for your phone or device.

Tools needed:
- Tin snips or super strong scissors (anything that can cut a thin sheet of semi-soft metal)
- Pliers

Optional items:
- Thin cardboard
- Pencil, Sharpie(marker), and/or some other mark making implement
- Spray paint
- Painter's/Masking tape
- Bench vice
- Scrap wood
- Sand paper or grinding wheel

 
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adel antado2 years ago
I attached a phone cover with VELCRO having pressure sensitive tape on its back, then slip my phone into the holder when I drive. The VELCRO tape is available in any hardware store and can be cut with sissors to the size needed to fix the phone cover to a convenient place on the dashboard. I plan to remove the cover when I sell this car and attach it to my next car.
jakdedert2 years ago
So you basically just jammed the metal into the gap between two interior parts? How is it holding up? I would expect it to work loose over time, unless perhaps you made a short, tight bend at the end to hook it over the back of the one of the trim pieces you pushed it between. I'm prepared to be instructed, though, as I need something similar.

A ready source for sheet metal to use on projects, is cases of various dead/outdated electronics. Fairly heavy gauge steel can be gotten from old PC cases, while lighter gauge stock comes from the tops of dead DVDs & VCRs.
lemonie4 years ago
Nice

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mrka4 years ago
Nicely done. I have a handy nook already for my iPhone in my Tacoma, but there are some good ideas here. Thanks!