They recently decided that this year they were going to bring along a "GoPro Hero II" and attempt to capture some of the shenanigans that would undoubtedly ensue. A few days ago, they approached me to design and create several camera mounts and plan out several shots to add interest to their video. Overall we created three different mounts: A fender mount, a roll cage mount, and as seen in this instructable... a magnetic hood-and-roof mount.
As with all the mounts we created, versatility is key. We created the magnet mount with the idea that we will be moving the position from the hood to the roof to the trunk to wherever (that is vertical).
We were inspired by a few GoPro car videos, primarily "Drift Battle 2" and Ken Block's "Gymkhana five". It's worth checking both of these out whether or not you intend to build this mount. They are amazing videos.
Fun Fact! I took all of the photos for this 'ible with a GoPro!
I only have photos of immediately after I created the mount, but will upload photos of the mounts attached to the coronet soon
Step 1: Plans/Design
It had to be simple and small
The mount needed to be lightweight as to not dent the roof or hood
It could not be a suction cup as the car has yet to be painted with anything but primer. MAGNETS!
It had to be able to remain attached after hitting bumps, jumps, vibration, water, heat etc.
It had to be able to be mounted without being seen in the camera's absolutely insane wide angle lens.
Step 2: Materials
Washers - $2 (Menards)
25lb. Disc Magnet $5 (Menards)
OR GoPro Tripod Mount $7 (Best Buy)
1/4" - 20 x 1/2" bolt $2 (Menards)
Pro Tip: It is essential that you have the right bolt, if you need to use force to get it to fit into the tripod mount, you bought the wrong one. One way of ensuring that you have the right one is to go to a hardware store (Ace, hardware hank, etc) and hand the tripod mount to an employee and have them get you the right bolt. Also make sure that it isn't too long, or you will need more washers. (and you risk making the mount unstable by raising the center of gravity.)
Step 3: Assemble!
(NOTE: We did have to expand this hole very slightly with a "round bastard file" if you buy the exact same one from menards you will have to do this with a file... or a dremel... or something.)
Ended up going Bolt>washer>magnet>washer>washer>washer>washer>GoPro Tripod Mount
Step 4: Bingo Bango
More photos to come!
Don't forget to check out the GoPro Fender Mount!