View Single Post
Old 10-22-2013, 11:11 PM   #18
Rollin' Old Skool
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Hattiesburg, MS
Posts: 5,290
Re: '97 Chevy Tahoe (2dr/2wd) mild custom

My solution: I went to Home Depot & bought a couple different styles of small magnets. I also bought a small magnetic type cabinet latch/fastener, which would be used as my first attempted solution. Here's a link to the type of magnet I used. Of course I modified it a bit as you'll read below. The link is for a pack of them, but I think the single magnet I bought was less than $1:

In this first pic, I used the metal "strike plate" piece from the magnetic catch. Since my Dremel is only battery operated, it doesn't last long. It wasn't charged anyway, so I painstakingly hand filed it down to the size I needed. Then I wedged it it to the area you see. It was snug against the edge of the cup holder, but I hot glued it to secure it.

In this second pic, I cut that little tab off that originally slid into the grooves to hold the cup holder closed. After cutting, I filed the remaining plastic down using both my hand file & Dremel with sanding tool, leaving just a small lip. I didn't pull the console insert to snap a pic from the inside. I think I ended up trimming a little bit of the plastic just rear of that tab I mentioned, just so the magnet would sit flush. Then, I ended up cutting away the plastic casing to remove the two magnets inside the magnetic catch. I only used one of them as you see in the pic, flush with the inner side of the console edge & positioned slightly forward of the lip I filed down where the tab was previously. I also hot glued it to secure it in place.

And here's a pic of it shut after completion. As you can see, it does shut snugly now. My initial thoughts were to look into getting a stronger magnet someday, as it doesn't take much effort to open. However, I haven't had it pop open yet. So, I decided I'm not gonna mess with it unless it becomes an issue.


My Build threads:
1966 Chevy C-10 "Black Betty"

shortbed, fleetside, BBW, 327 V8/ Powerglide (under construction)

1997 Chevy Tahoe, 2dr/2wd, mild custom (Daily driver)

'66 C-10
'97 Tahoe
'93 C-1500
'88 S-10 Blazer

Previous Rides:
1993 Chevy S-10 ext. cab, 4.3L, 4/5 drop (Sold)
1993 Chevy C-1500 short/step Retro-Rod (Sold)
1988 S-10 Blazer 2dr/2wd mild custom (Sold)

Last edited by likaroc13; 10-22-2013 at 11:22 PM.
likaroc13 is offline   Reply With Quote