Sub-Box Center Console Install - Creating A Centerpiece Photo Gallery
Topping Off a Clean F-250 Interior With a Sub-Box Center Console
Patrick McCarthy –
Jul 14, 2013
Photo 1/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Cover Photo | Sub-Box Center Console Install - Creating A Centerpiece
Photo 2/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Cardboard Template | The process began by tearing out the Ford's original center console. And then a template was created from cardboard, traced to mimic the contours of the floor and dash, and carefully trimmed into shape.
Photo 3/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Cutting Fiberboard | Next, the template was traced twice onto medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and cut out with a jig saw, forming two identical side panels.
Photo 4/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Test Fitting Pieces | The two side panels were test-fit inside the cab, making sure that no additional trimming was needed.
Photo 5/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Placing Horizontal Supports | After measuring the desired width of the console, three horizontal supports were cut out from MDF and glued in place with wood glue. A nail gun was also used to tack down these pieces for added strength.
Photo 6/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install In Place Supports | With the supports in place, the console was beginning to take shape. The next step would be to give the box a solid floor.
Photo 7/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Assembling Floor | After cutting out several panels of varying lengths, the floor was assembled and held in place with Pro CA, a special moisture-activated adhesive. Then, the gaps were carefully covered with body filler for an airtight seal.
Photo 8/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Blending Console To Body Filler | To make sure the console flowed seamlessly into the factory dash, edge panels were cut out, glued, and blended with body filler in the same fashion.
Photo 9/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Cutting Mdf Port Opening | For a punchy, responsive sound, Cruisers Mobile Audio cut a 4x8-inch opening in the rear wall of the box, then nailed in an MDF port that extended 16-1/2 inches into the box. Also, note the semicircle that was cut out of the top of this panel, as it would make room for the new subwoofer.
Photo 10/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Assembled Mounting Ring | To create a mounting point for the subwoofer, a mounting ring was assembled from MDF and mated to the box with MDF supports. Hard edges on the supports were ground down with a small rotary sander before fiberglass could be applied.
Photo 11/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Nailing Down Fabric | Next, tweed speaker box fabric was stretched tightly over the rear of the box and nailed down with a nail gun.
Photo 12/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Brushed With Resin | After trimming off the excess fabric, the material was brushed with resin and allowed time to cure.
Photo 13/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Sanding Smooth Body Filler 1 | After gluing and nailing in more MDF to complete the top of the box, body filler was applied to all edges and sanded smooth.
Photo 14/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Creating Ipod Mount 1 | Since Jason wanted to mount his iPad on the console, an MDF panel was traced and cut to its exact dimensions.
Photo 15/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Creating Ipod Mount 2 | The iPad mockup panel was wrapped in painter's tape and surrounded by body filler. Once the filler solidified, the panel and tape were removed, leaving a perfect iPad-shaped impression. Two round openings were also cut out for a custom cupholder that would be added later.
Photo 16/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Sanding Smooth Body Filler 2 | A final coat of body filler was applied and carefully sanded, yielding a smooth surface that was ready for paint.
Photo 17/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Painting Gloss White | After masking off the openings, the console was primed, wet-sanded, and painted gloss white to match the F-250's other interior panels.
Photo 18/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Creating Side Panels | Since the sides of the box were going to be wrapped in carpet, two new side panels were cut out of MDF. Using the same body filler technique seen in step 14, triangular recesses were made on each side, and would later be filled with custom-etched Lexan inserts.
Photo 19/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Caulking Panel Gaps | Caulk was applied to all panel gaps, ensuring proper airflow for the ported sub box.
Photo 20/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Carpeting Side Panels | Black carpet was trimmed and glued to each side panel before attaching them to the console.
Photo 21/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Mounted In Place | With the side panels installed and iPad in place, the console was mounted in the truck, ready for the finishing touches.
Photo 22/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Adding Subwoofer | Wiring was run from the truck's amp through the console, and connected to a new Definitive Audio Designs BD-series 12-inch subwoofer. Then the woofer was simply screwed in place.
Photo 23/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Custom Cup Holder | This new custom cup holder was built from clear Lexan and two milled aluminum inserts. LED rings were also glued around each side, and wired in as part of the truck's interior lights.
Photo 24/25 | Sub Box Center Console Install Finished Product | With the suede-wrapped iPad mount, LED-backlit cupholders, suede armrest, and rear-facing 12-inch sub, the F-250's interior suddenly became a much nicer place to be. Custom-building a center console like this one is a huge feat, but thanks to many hours of work from Cruisers Mobile Audio and upholstered touches from Tony's Upholstery & Trim, both in Tyler, Texas, this Super Duty's interior suddenly went from ordinary to jaw-dropping.
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