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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 10:48 AM
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Where could I get one, similar to those that cops have mounted in their cars?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 03:14 PM
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According to his website, Pimpin' Trevor has one of these in his car. http://www.jottodesk.com/

You may want to contact him through ROD about particulars.
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-14-2004, 09:57 AM
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You may want to contact Gene Z (Boilermaker) he built his own.
 
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-14-2004, 11:34 AM
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Gamber Johnson makes one along with:

Troy Sheet Metal Products
Havis Shields
Kodiak Mobile
L&E Mobile Computers
Stewart Products

Do a search in google---they will show up...

Or do a search and look at the Tacnet from Visteon.
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-16-2004, 08:03 PM
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Here's some pics.
Starting at the left of the base:
one 1/2" x 2" nipple
one 1-2", 45 degree elbow
one 1/2" x 10" nipple
one 1/2", 45 degree elbow
one 1/2" close nipple
one 1/2" tee
one 1/2" close nipple
one 1/2" 90 degree elbow
one 1/2" x 10" nipple

Back at the top of the cross:
one 1/2" close nipple
one 1/2" 90 degree elbow
one 1/2" x 6" nipple
one 1/2" 90 degree elbow
one 1/2" x 3" nipple
one 1/2" base, screwed






The top is made from 12" shelving with a 2" x 1" trim piece for a lip. Sanded and polyurethaned it. My son's die'n to get his hands on this to do some of his art work on it. You'll notice I mounted the base a lil off center on the top to move the top over my passenger seat and away from the dash to allow me to twist the top a lil when necessary to reduce glare. Glare is still a problem so when I get around to it I'll buy some foam poster board, cut it to make a sun shade and use Velcro to attach it to the laptop screen when necessary. I bought a couple Velcro straps to hold the laptop in place on the top. This works well. If I'm running on REALLY rough roads I use a lil piece of metal with a hook on one end to go over the top of the screen and screw it to the back edge of the top to keep the screen hinge from bouncing too much.

This two leg setup requires that I move the seat forward to brace the front leg a lil but I don't like this too much. So I'm gonna add a third leg by removing the front 10" nipple and replace it with a 1/2" close nipple, a 1/2" tee, a 1/2" x 7" nipple (to the floor) then attach a 1/2" x 6" nipple, a 1/2" 90 degree elbow and a 1/2" x 7" nipple with another base to the tee to create a third leg. We all need our third leg, right? \

Then I painted the pipe and fittings with clear rust inhibitor and then gray primer. Matches the interior trim color pretty close.

If you screw the parts together pretty tight there is still enough thread space left to allow you to adjust things to your liking without things flopping around on you.

Took the bases for the floor mounts and used my dremel and a burr to remove the threads to make the whole thing VEREY easy to install and remove (10 seconds?). Also drilled and tapped a bolt hole in each base to lock things down. Just screwed the bases down thru the floor board. Checked to be sure I wouldn't hit anything important first!





I got the first idea from here.
http://www.laptopcarmount.com/
Then some chick on ebay got so pissed about a laptop kit some guy was selling for >$50 that was nothing but a set of plans and these pipe fittings she bought, she posted up her own plans and was selling them for $2. Paid her to look at them and it was basically a web page describing what I've done here. I just had to play with the lengths and positioning to get it all to sit where I wanted it. Total cost: $20

And don't make fun of my cup holder mod. It was cheap, easy to remove for shows (if I remember to) and holds my big 20 oz. thermal insulated cup for those long road trips. Excuse all the wires hangin. I just cut the ties loose to rearrange things a lil this evening. The plug in the auxiliary outlet is for my power inverter that sits under the passenger seat to power the laptop, rechargeable battery charger, clients cells phones, etc. I also went by Radio Shack and snagged a lil signal "broadcaster" called an IROCK. It's powered by two AAA batteries (you can buy them with a power cable, too), plugs into my laptop headphone connector and broadcasts to one of 4 stations on my FM radio. This lets me listen to over 1000 MP3's, movies, DVD's, etc. I have on the laptop while running down the highway. I also bought an Earthmate GPS antenna with Delorme mapping software that plugs into the laptop with a USB connector. I paid $129 for mine but you can snag one here for $99 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...310669-4458512

Damn, didn't mean to take ya to school, but that's what I've done to make my loooooong highway business trips more bearable.

Link to more pics in my sig, below.

Gene
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-16-2004, 08:20 PM
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And to think, I was gonna PM you for this info. Thanks Gene. I have been contemplating building something similar for quite a while.
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-17-2004, 07:13 AM
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Chad, glad I could help. Being a boilermaker and having a few $million in spare parts in the warehouse has it's advantages.
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-17-2004, 11:15 PM
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Thanks Guys, The "boiler maker " mount is cool !!!
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-18-2004, 08:30 AM
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Let me also say thanks Boilermaker. I had been looking for a laptop mount but wasn't (couldn't) pay what the companies wanted for one. I was trying to come up with something for the structure and hadn't thought about galvanized pipe.

Some thoughts of mine...

I am going to try to emulate side clamps of some of the commercial mounts. Do you have any pics of the metal clip that you use when things get rough?

For cosmetics, I was thinking about covering the pipe with some of the larger split loom (electrical wiring covering).

I like the "no-holes" approach of some of the commercial mounts. They seem to use the 2 front seat mount bolts... just not sure what the third point will be.

I need a PDA mount too and have been looking at cell phone holders but none are wide enough... will have to keep looking for a cheap solution.

I need to be able to remove the mount quickly if I have a passenger... with no tools. The other option might be that I could remove the top arm and table top if the remaining structure was not in the way of the passenger.

Any thoughts/comments?
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-18-2004, 10:16 AM
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Rodger,

Those are some of the features I wanted to try to incorporate. The quick release, bolted to the seat mount with some sort of bracket, etc... I also thought about using wire loom and textured blblack spray paint to get the factory effect.

I was going to weld up a mount plate with a lip on the front and one side, then have the other side slide with a wing nut on the bottom.

More ideas later.
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