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.
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!!!