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.
- 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.
- Tin snips or super strong scissors (anything that can cut a thin sheet of semi-soft metal)
- 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
Step 1: Choose Your Location.
In order to attach your suction cup style holder to your dash you will need to create an adapter. It should have a flat surface in on its face and tabs in the back that will wedge into the seams in the dashboard.
Find a flat spot on your dash where two molding pieces meet. You will wedge the tabs on the back of your adapter into the small gap between the molding pieces.
I chose the spot under the top edge of the dash and above the air vent. This will put the holder within reach of the steering wheel and easily viewable while driving.