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Cell phone holders to replace ashtrays by Rsvl-Rider
Started on: 04-28-2014 01:42 PM
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Last post by: rogergarrison on 04-30-2014 12:37 PM
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Report this Post04-28-2014 01:42 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Rsvl-RiderSend a Private Message to Rsvl-RiderEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Here's a project I did Sunday night...

I don't smoke so I don't need the ashtrays. Since there are no real good storage cubbys for my cell phone in the car I thought I would try my hand at a little modification. I thought about cutting out the plastic framework that supports the swivel ashtray lids but I didn't want to hack up the plastic inner console workings so I came up with this. I used .040 aluminum which cuts really easy with handheld metal shears and came up with a support that works inside the existing framework. It took multiple bends to fit the space available and add some depth (below the level of the ashtrays) which is restricted by the framework below The door doesn't close when the phone is placed inside but I kinda like the look with the phone accessible. And otherwise I would always forget and leave it behind. I used some packaging wrap material for soft padding, thin double sided tape and some black felt material we had laying around. I drilled a couple of holes in the aluminum to match the existing mounting holes and reinstalled the shifter console.

Works for my phone but smart phones are longer and would not fit without cutting away the plastic door support framework and eliminating the swivel door which would add the necessary length available. That would probably be a nice look if done by one of the talented craftsmen here on the site.





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Report this Post04-28-2014 02:12 PM Click Here to See the Profile for CsjagClick Here to Email CsjagSend a Private Message to CsjagEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I like it, I've often wished I could put my cell phone in the ashtray since I don't smoke either
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Report this Post04-28-2014 02:24 PM Click Here to See the Profile for no2pencilClick Here to Email no2pencilSend a Private Message to no2pencilEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've mentioned this to a friend of mine that is into prototyping & molding. My idea was to disassemble cheap iPod/iPhone docking stations (to use their serial chip for charging) & manually wire the audio to audio, the doc connector to power, & possibly some sort of interface.

It never got off the paper & pencil stage

I bought some doc connectors, but never got around to doing anything like this
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Report this Post04-28-2014 06:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierogtlt1Click Here to Email fierogtlt1Send a Private Message to fierogtlt1Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm in the process of making a new shift plate without the ashtray doors and the power window/mirror switches incorporated into the top plate
therefore no need for the use of the lower plate at all.
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Report this Post04-28-2014 09:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for racingforthesonSend a Private Message to racingforthesonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I have plans of moving window switches to ashtray location and add cup hold in the new open spot.
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Report this Post04-29-2014 03:33 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jediperkSend a Private Message to jediperkEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks fellas, the fiero "to do" list grows yet again!
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Report this Post04-29-2014 07:55 AM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroguruSend a Private Message to fieroguruEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
My personal cell phone fits in the ashtray area with the ashtray removed w/o any other mods (older phone that is thicker).

My work phone (Atrix HD) is almost a perfect fit in the PW/PM recessed panel (I don't have PW or PM), but that isn't doesn't work if you have those options.
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Originally posted by no2pencil:

I've mentioned this to a friend of mine that is into prototyping & molding. My idea was to disassemble cheap iPod/iPhone docking stations (to use their serial chip for charging) & manually wire the audio to audio, the doc connector to power, & possibly some sort of interface.

It never got off the paper & pencil stage

I bought some doc connectors, but never got around to doing anything like this


I have often thought about doing this very same thing. It's the perfect location for a phone charger/docking station. Right now, I just place my phone in one ashtray slot, and my wallet in the other.

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Report this Post04-29-2014 05:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for rogergarrisonClick Here to Email rogergarrisonSend a Private Message to rogergarrisonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I just cut out a small piece of that nonskid material and set it on the ledge in front of the shifter (where your piece of paper is). The phone just lays on it and Ive never had it slide off. I use the same stuff in all my cars just setting on the dash. It wont stick if you use any of the vinyl dressings like Armor All.
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Wow Roger, such a buzzkill!!
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Report this Post04-30-2014 12:37 PM Click Here to See the Profile for rogergarrisonClick Here to Email rogergarrisonSend a Private Message to rogergarrisonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Wasnt meant to. I just always go with simplest of anything because it generally works.... I use ashtrays for car wash change.

My phone is the only one Ive had that rings loud enough to hear with windows or top down. Most newer phones its easier to see the screen light up on an incoming call than to hear it. Sitting face up, you can SEE it ring. Verizon has been trying to get me to get a new free phone for 5-6 years. Ive told them Ill get a new one when you have one that rings louder than mine.

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