Radio Console for My Truck

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Introduction: Radio Console for My Truck

If you need a way to organize a few radios and have some scrap wood and fiberglass lying around, this is the instructable for you. My father is the helping hand in most of the pictures, big thanks to him.

Step 1: Decisions

I have a 2011 Ram 1500 4 door 4wd, and I needed a place to mount a pretty decent amount of radio equipment and since we never used our center seat I decided that a radio console might be the route to go.

Step 2: Basic Design

I framed it out of 1x2 and thin plywood until I got a shape that would fill the vacancy left by my middle seat.

Step 3: Fiberglass

Once, I was content with how it fit into the truck, I wanted to keep it fairly lightweight whilst maintaining rigidty to hold 4 radios, so I decided to fiberglass the outsides

Step 4: Fit and Finish

I sanded, then sprayed the entire outside with rubberized truckbed liner

Step 5: Wiring

I ran a dedicated power line from the Solar Generator and Deep Cycle battery in my toolbox to a fuse panel through the floor and ran seperate antenna lines out to each antenna. I also added a small plastic shoe box that I painted that covers the wiring and provides storage

Link to the Toolbox Solar Generator

https://www.instructables.com/id/Toolbox-Solar-Generstor/

Step 6: Placement of Radios

Once finished with wiring I placed in the radios and wired them up

Step 7: Final Fit and Finish

I plan on adding faceplates to mount the radios into the center of each hole and Will post some pictures if I ever complete it

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    5 Discussions

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    TroyB53
    TroyB53

    2 years ago

    Thanks for the article. Do you recommend ArmorThane, Rhino, Scorpion or some other brand? From what i've seen ArmorThane makes the best bedliner...

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    jaychoate
    jaychoate

    Reply 2 years ago

    I used the spray cans from walmart, its a white and black can, and be sure to let it air dry in the sun for few days before you put it in a vehicle.

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    jaychoate
    jaychoate

    Reply 2 years ago

    Duplicolor maybe, it works well and is convenient

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    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    2 years ago

    Neat! Thank you for showing this. The bedliner-over-glass is a brilliant way of getting a professional finish.

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    jaychoate
    jaychoate

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you! I should have sanded the fiberglass a little more, but it is definitely holding up