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Old 05-20-2019, 04:21 PM   #1
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Ash Tray Backup Camera Conversion

Hey, just sharing a fun project I just started to convert my ash tray into a monitor for a backup camera. I can't see jack out of the back of my truck so I thought this would be a fun mod.

Essentially the ash tray will have a hinge in it so that when pulled out it will fold down and reveal the monitor.

Thoughts or ideas are welcome!
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:14 PM   #2
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Re: Ash Tray Backup Camera Conversion

Or can the the monitor be mounted to a hinge and flip up after pulling the tray out?

What back up camera/monitor are you using? Cool mod, I'm interested.

Where do you plan to mount the camera?
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:34 PM   #3
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Or can the the monitor be mounted to a hinge and flip up after pulling the tray out?

What back up camera/monitor are you using? Cool mod, I'm interested.

Where do you plan to mount the camera?
I looked at having the monitor flip down without having the whole ash-tray hinge down, but I think the faceplate of the ashtray will block the monitor. I also looked at having the monitor pop up out of the tray, but that seemed somehow less elegant. We'll see...

I'm using this esky monitor (recommended in a Wirecutter test).

I settled on this camera, but I haven't fully settled on a mounting location. My current plan is to drill a hole through the center of my (black) license plate and flush mount it. It should disappear. Backup option (no pun intended) is to go with one of the ones that mounts to a bar between license plate bolts.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:57 PM   #4
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:58 AM   #5
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Re: Ash Tray Backup Camera Conversion

Cool idea, I'm following along
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Old 05-24-2019, 02:59 PM   #6
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Re: Ash Tray Backup Camera Conversion

Quick update on slow progress. I decided the best thing to do would be to scrap the idea of modifying the original display housing and 3D print a new one. So, step 1 was to make a model of the existing metal tray so that I could virtually test design and fit of the new bezel and housing.

With that finally done, now it's time to design the new bezel! One positive to this approach is that I can distribute the models for anyone who wants to repeat this mod and has access to a 3D printer.
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Old 05-24-2019, 10:19 PM   #7
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That is just plain cool!!!!
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Old 05-25-2019, 07:31 AM   #8
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Nice job, that's a good idea.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:18 AM   #9
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More slow progress (because....life). Making the faceplate was a pain, but it's done. I'm going to make two different versions - one where the main tray is hinged toward the back and folds down to reveal the display, and another where the display pops up when the tray is pulled out. We'll see which turns out to be more compelling. And yes, the scale is a "bit" off on my renderings
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:43 AM   #10
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Re: Ash Tray Backup Camera Conversion

Any plans to make some extras? I have no access to a 3D printer.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:18 AM   #11
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Interesting... subscribed
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:31 AM   #12
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Any plans to make some extras? I have no access to a 3D printer.
Might do that. Either way I'm glad to make the .STL files available for people to print either on their own or through one of many online services. I'm going to try out a filament-style print, but that will likely require some body filler and paint. Otherwise these guys will make it out of Nylon for about $25.

For bonus points I have a contact at Markforged who can print in carbon fiber, titanium, and other metals. Totally unnecessary, but that's kinda the point!
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:29 AM   #13
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Unnecessary is always the route I take with my builds. I will be following for sure. I don’t smoke so this a perfect solution for me.
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Old 06-11-2019, 01:11 PM   #14
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Another update:

I finished the "top-bezel" last night. This top shell will mate to the stock back shell from the screen I bought so that if there's a failure I can easily buy a new screen and bolt it in without a bunch of added fabrication.
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Nice, moving along fast.
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Old 06-16-2019, 01:17 AM   #16
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Re: Ash Tray Backup Camera Conversion

Nice, I am down for one as well... In fact if you can supply the whole thing as a package, I am super interested as I have a tire carrier in the back and can't see anything so I can't back into spots like I normally do..


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I finished the "top-bezel" last night. This top shell will mate to the stock back shell from the screen I bought so that if there's a failure I can easily buy a new screen and bolt it in without a bunch of added fabrication.
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Old 06-16-2019, 03:06 AM   #17
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Re: Ash Tray Backup Camera Conversion

subscribed ,excellent plan, I have 3D printer so can try printing in some different material when u have .stl ready
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Re: Ash Tray Backup Camera Conversion

Thanks for the replies and subs! As you'll note, there were no pictures of the underside of that top bezel before - that's because it wasn't completed. The features required to constrain the actual display and mate to the back shell are obnoxiously detailed. Finally done and ready to print!
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Re: Ash Tray Backup Camera Conversion

That thing is huge !! Almost a full lane wide.
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That thing is huge !! Almost a full lane wide.
Who doesn't want a 65" backup camera monitor?
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Old Yesterday, 07:39 PM   #21
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Re: Ash Tray Backup Camera Conversion

I must have wrong thread , I thought you meant a back up display Not a back bumper safe passing TV display bracket lol all joking aside , looks very impressive
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