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Author Topic: F-150 transmission hump mounting an IC-7200  (Read 2821 times)
KC6STT
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« on: January 01, 2011, 09:37:40 PM »

A couple of years ago, I was checking around for how to mount some rigs on the transmission hump in my '99 F-150.  It is very wide, so it is difficult to find something off-the-shelf that will fit, that doesn't cost a king's ransom.  Is there something available that will work?  It's design has got to be sturdy enough to mount an IC-7200 up where it can be operated comfortably, and maybe another rig or two.  The hump seems to be even wider than the ones in most other pickups.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2011, 06:07:23 AM »

I.m sorry I don't have any photos of the mount, but here's how I used to do it.

I obtained a piece of metal that was about 12 inches square. I got it at a hamfest. I have no idea what it was originally used for, but it did have some sort of yellow coating on it. Two of the edges were rolled over about 3/4 inch. I used DYI aluminum to make brackets to mount the plate to hump. I used longer bolts for the legs of the transceiver, with properly spaced holes in the plate. Under the plate were wing nuts which held the transceiver down. I used the mount in several company cars, and about 4 of my own. I guess it had 5 or 6 different radios on it over the years.

You also might look in the Photo Gallery of my web site for more ideas.
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2011, 11:24:40 AM »

In the past, I have tried to get a couple of welding shops to help me out.  But they won't touch it for some reason.  They would not even help me build a mount for my 'screwdriver' antenna.  I guess nowadays they are not into being creative or something.  And I don't have the tools or equipment to be bending metal and such.  I was hoping to find something like the old hump mounts they used to sell during the CB radio craze, only wider.  I'm starting to loose hope.
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2011, 04:12:18 PM »

Part of the issue it tools. When I made the last quarter panel antenna mount, I purchased a sheet of 1/4 inch think aluminum from http://www.speedymetals.com/ As I recall, it cost just ≈$40 including the freight.

I cut the pieces I needed to fashion the mount on a bandsaw, with a metal cutting blade. I curved the fender contoured piece in a sand pit, using a rubber hammer, and a contour duplicating tool. It is like this one: http://www.amazon.com/General-Tools-6-Inch-Contour-Duplication/dp/B00004T7RA It took about 4 hours to get it right!

The metal shop heliarced the pieces together, which cost ≈$25. The hardest part there, was to make sure once the mount was bolted on, the flat surface for the antenna base would be parallel with the ground. Whew! I had a friend hull blast the surfaces clean. I then had a local body shop powder coat the mount to match the color of the vehicle. That along was ≈$30

I attached the mount with 6 stainless steel bolts, right through the left quarter panel. On the inside was a second curved piece, which spread out the stresses on the quarter panel. All told, it took me about 4 weeks from start to finish, and about $100.

Yes, it is a lot of work, but when you want to mount a near 20 pound antenna on a quarter panel, it takes time and patients! This is one area of mobile operation, that it does not pay to get into a hurry!



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N5MOA
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011, 01:24:03 PM »

Search "radio mount" on fleabay.

There are several that look like they might fit the bill.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2014, 12:54:56 PM »

Go to ebay and look for ram mount and then look for shock mount--I found a 10" tall one and a shock mount with double 1/4 aluminum plates and shouk in between that was just the size of my kenwood 120s---nice clean and very adjustable.
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