Alright guys and gals.....I am going to try and make a how to here to installing a coin/cup holder from early 90s Ford Taurus in the factory ashtray/light area of the console.
First you will need to remove the ashtray and lighter. Not an easy task as there are many supports in the back. See the last pic on how I cut the hole. I left about .25" from the bottom of the top storage and left the bottom lip intact but cut the all the way to the side ridges to allow the coin and cup trays to pass through. Make sure to get the top of the hole as straight as possible as the top of the coin/cup holder will sit flush to it.
Next, I made a metal bracket to hold the holder in place. See pics below.
The back of the holder has a slot that I slid the bracket into and fastened the bracket to the top of the bottom storage compartment with 2 bolts.
After everything fits great, I taped off the 2 small holes on the side of the holder so none of the expanding foam could get in. Then I hot glued the front of the holder into place with both trays ejected. After the hot glue set, I used expanding foam to hold everything in place.
Make sure not to go overboard with the foam as I did, creates alot of mess and clean up afterward. Also, if you use too much foam, it will cause the console to bulge out and the coin/cup tray may not work properly. You will then have to cut some of the foam out afterwards if this happens. I strongly suggest using rubber gloves for the foam.
Once everything has set. I had to modify the coin tray. At the back of the tray there are 2 points that stick out past the back of the whole coin/cup holder body.
These will have to be cut to be flush with the holder body. They hit the heater core and thus are next to impossible to close. The cup tray is fine and needs no modifying. I simply just cut them off with a saw. Works great. Here are some finished pics:
Modified by 88slalom at 11:11 AM 8-5-2004
Thanks. Glad I could help anyone out. I wish I would have taken more pics before I used the foam. I am really happy with the final results. BTW...the foam makes it rock solid. This thing doesn't move.
Modified by 88slalom at 9:08 PM 8-1-2004
I thought of doing that before, but they can be a pain sometimes with soft cups. The Taurus cup holder somewhat depends on the ash tray below it to support the bottom of the cup. I could be wrong, but the ashtray really makes a difference. Very nice clean easy addition though.
Edit: WTF! mine dosn't have those nice little support brackets underneath! I feel robbed. To the junkyard!
The space that houses this in the Taurus is also a double DIN spot. It may be possible to take the entire slot frame and fit it.
Modified by 91driver at 12:09 AM 8-2-2004
I did that mod a few weeks ago, and I had a problem after a few days. I found the cigarette butts were clogging the sliders up, and stopping it from closing. Also, the ashes kept ending up on the floor, so I swapped back in my old console.
Seriously, I do like the mod though
Like that mod alot mk2's did lack the cupholders for upfront people I am gonan be doing that mod relatively soon
Have a question thou I am on a junkyard website and theu have parts in catergories would the cupholder be in Guages/clocks/Insurment cluster?
only catergorie on therre which i think it be in
Modified by V_dubber03 at 6:23 PM 8-2-2004
i just got back from the junkyard, picked up a cup holder and i took out my center console when i got home to start this, but how do u get the ash tray casing out? do u literaly have to cut it out? and the lighter seems to be a pain.....i'll get it to work one way or another though
Yup....litterally cut it out. A good carpet knife and a strong smooth hand will be handy. The key is don't cut the hole to the finished size right off the bat.....make is smaller and work it bigger til it all fits nice. The first pic shows the exact size hole a made for my install and the end result looks nice and factory. I just cut the area around the light to get it out as you will want to re-locate to the side if you still want it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Modified by 88slalom at 8:38 AM 8-3-2004
mines not goin so well....i didnt really have the right tools, but i managed to cut the hole...we'll see how it sits in 24 hours
Quote, originally posted by 89VWdieselGolf » mines not goin so well....i didnt really have the right tools, but i managed to cut the hole...we'll see how it sits in 24 hours
Sorry to hear that....hope it works out well for you...If you are happy with your install...feel free to post up a pic.
im not 100% happy, but its functional...its not in the car yet, but its pretty sturdy....i have to remove that metal bracket on the dash and do some trimming....we'll see how it works out tommrow...ill post pics asap
89VWdieselGolf did his own install....the pics are my install pics and I am 110% happy with it. Looks and works great....no you can't have an ultra tubby gallon drink, but it is 100 times better then nothing. I don't have to juggle a drink and shifter knob while trying to make a turn.
Will those fit in the space above? i installed 3 guages there, but i would like the cup/coin holder in the top...above that.... even though it would look better swapped... but im not care'n that much about location
Sorry...I can't see that happening. In the spot it is in now, I have to modify the top tray as much as I can to make it fit and work great. If you moved it higher, there wouldn't be enough clearance for it to fit. You might be able to move the guages up and still keep the cup holder in the lower position, but you'd have to cut alot of the console away to fit both the guages and cup/coin holder in. Probably wouldn't look that great neither.
Modified by 88slalom at 9:32 AM 8-4-2004
Quote, originally posted by Jeepr21 » Will those fit in the space above? i installed 3 guages there, but i would like the cup/coin holder in the top...above that.... even though it would look better swapped... but im not care'n that much about location
i was trying to do the same thing, but i gave up cuz i screwed up my mounting points for the guages, but it'll fit, at least in my test fitting, i had nothing solidified and then i broke sum thing you do have to cut alot more away, it goes real quick w/ a dremel
oh but it'll never look as stock as this guy did it, seriously man GREAT job, make me REALLY jealous lol sigh