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Offline Mickm

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Cuda Console Cup Holder.....
« on: December 16, 2018 - 11:51:56 PM »
Hello All,
If the original project planning team dropped the ball on any one area, it was where do you put your "adult beverage" while you cruising around in your cool ride!!!
I have researched until I am blue in the face with no real satisfactory solution. I've seen add on's, strap'on's and all sorts of things I won't mention. :D :Dl

I realize the "original car owners" will not be interested in my solution and I fully understand and agree with their sentiments.  However, the TINFISH is not a number matching car and  was built srickly for enjoyment and cruzing.  The drink holder topic was one I could not get away from cause holding my drink in my lap... just didn't cut it for me.
So if you're interested, follow along and I'll show you what I did and how.  If you have questions, I'll do my best to answer them.
Let's get started!!!

First issue to address was what to use???? I looked and looked but this one won out. It holds everything from a can drink to a big gulp. It has a black ABS body with an aluminum trim ring that matches my console facade that is covered in a black leather covering. Cost....$4.00 from ebay
with free shipping! It has a 3/8"drain spout. I opted to install a 3/8" plastic line over the nipple and drilled a hole in the hump for the hose to exit.
No water in the cut holder....yeah!!!

This area screamed " put your drink holder here" to me.  The only place that made sense.


I removed the console from the car. I removed the top plate and placed the 3 5/8" hole saw as far back as necessary for the cup holder to sit. I scribbled around the hole saw.


I opted to remove the necessary material using a soldering iron with a cut off blade. then cleaned up the area with a hole sander on a drill. Worked great!


You will need to remove some material from the shifter slide plate. Be sure not to take too much material away. You want everything to look as  it should thu all gear shifting.
 


Mount the top plate to the console then, transfer the center to the top plate so you are drilling correctly.
Then I removed the necessary material using  the hole saw with the top plate clamped in the drill press.


And this is the finish result!  To me it looks like this is how it should have come from the factory..but didnt'

I couldn't be happier with the result. So much so, I took the TINFISH out for a neighborhood cruise,  after I was finished to see how it felt.
It is perfect!!!

Cheers!
Mickm
MickM




Offline 70chall440

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Re: Cuda Console Cup Holder.....
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2018 - 12:56:43 AM »
thats nice work and ingenuity.
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Offline Priesty

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Re: Cuda Console Cup Holder.....
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2018 - 01:55:30 AM »
Looks very nice. I did something similar, although wasn't brave enough to sacrifice the original top plate, so I made up a plywood piece just to try it out. Glad I did because the hole was too close to shifter which kept smashing the can/cup in the holder. Now that I have it worked out I think I'll stick with timber & try & find a nice piece of thin cedar to better match my wheel & pistol grip. Yours looks almost factory great job.
Steve - 72  BS23  FY1  'Cuda.
Melbourne, Australia.
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Offline Mickm

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Re: Cuda Console Cup Holder.....
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2018 - 09:56:05 AM »
Priesty,
Your's look good! With the automatic, it took some time and measuring to find the perfect position so everything fit and worked as it should.
I have had not issues with anything hitting or being in the way of shifting.

Cheers!
Mickm
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Offline 70chall440

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Re: Cuda Console Cup Holder.....
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2018 - 12:36:13 PM »
Outstanding word Priesty
Current Mopar
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
Past Mopars
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)