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Art & Inspiration Cupholders/Console Chrome Plated too!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Da Tinman, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,226

    Da Tinman

    Inspired by this post,,,,

    I put myself on a mission at the Rust Revival to find something to make a console/cupholder for the wifes Buick.

    While walking thru the swap meet I spy a 58 chevy marker light housing and immediately knew what its future would hold. Got it for ten bucks, bullet hole and all. When I showed the seller what it was going to be he replied "I love you rat rodders, you got some crazy ideas". Uh,,,,, thanks?

    Here's how it turned out.


    I notched the leg that connects to the fin trim to hold a voltage regulator cover, rounded the corners and made some brackets to hold it in place. (you'll see that better down below) I trimmed the flange around the cover back a bit and folded it the rest of the way over so there wouldn't be any sharp edges.

    In the background you can see a photo/pen holder from staples, the inner part is just about perfectly sized to fit the lens opening. Once they were shortened up and taped back together they fit pretty snug. These are fairly big in diameter but I always use a can cozy so it wont flop around.

    I ended up driving all over town and taking the housing into any store that I thought might have something that would fit. I could have made inserts but what the hell. Once I found these I walked up to the counter and set the housing down along with the pen holders, dude behind the counter scans the holders and picks up the housing, turns it over and says theres no tag on this. Yeah,, unless you sell 58 Chevy parts here your not going to find one. If you do have these in stock I'll take one..... He laughed.


    I added a 12 volt outlet to the other side as well, so you can charge a cell phone while still listening to the ipod thats plugged into the factory lighter.


    I cut the mounting stems down a bit and drilled/tapped them, made some straps to bolt it down with. You can also see how the VR cover is held in place.

    Here is it done and mounted,,, yeah carpets are a mess but its a droptop and we drive the crap out of it, leaves and dirt are probably gonna be a permanent fixture....


    Hopefully this will inspire some copying!
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2013
  2. Molonewolf
    Joined: Jan 22, 2012
    Posts: 195


    I like it , it's cool.
  3. very creative!
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  5. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,824


  6. You crazy ratrodders...
  7. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,756

    from vail az

    That is f^%*n cool.
    Caddie taillights on aisle 9.
  8. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,796


    Ingenius! Way ta use the ole' noggin'!
  9. glenn33
    Joined: Sep 11, 2006
    Posts: 1,836

    from Browns, IL

    Well, that didn't take long...

  10. lukey
    Joined: May 27, 2009
    Posts: 668


    Flippin genious!!!!!!

  11. Diggin it. One more thing on my swapmeet list. THANKS!!
  12. TrioxinKustoms
    Joined: Oct 16, 2009
    Posts: 551

    from Romney, WV

    I have a couple of sets of these running light housings if anyone wants them I'll see how many I have.?.
  13. Zeke
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 1,716


    Too cool..... I hate you! :p
  14. Roadagent2
    Joined: Apr 15, 2010
    Posts: 243


    Thinking is not overrated....good job!
  15. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,428

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    Now thats a great idea. blending in with its was ment to be
  16. And I been using the roll of duct tape.....I stopped drinking and driving when I spilled my last shake.
  17. Tin Can
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
    Posts: 2,098

    Tin Can

    Great cup holder design. Ive been thinking about ideas for cupholders for my current project.
  18. TrioxinKustoms
    Joined: Oct 16, 2009
    Posts: 551

    from Romney, WV

    I think its a 1958 chevy turn signal housing?.? someone correct me if I'm wrong..
  19. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,226

    Da Tinman

    yep, just looked. The guy I got it off of said caddy and I never really checked. Thanks for the correction and thanks for the compliments!

    Now get in the shop and make something like it haha!

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