Originally Posted by Grampybox
I had taken that little "Cubbie" that came with the mounting kit for the stereo, and cut the top & bottom out of it so that the CB would fit. Then I drilled the sides of the Cubbie, to position the Radio closer to flush, and bolted the radio into it. I then, bolted that assembly into the adapters/mounts in the Ranger's bezel.
I've not wired it in yet, so when I do, I'll take some pics to show how I mounted it.
Hell, I'm somewhat bored and it's only 10 degrees out side, I think I'll just go out &.....
Nawwww done talked myself out of that! LOL
I'm still looking for the connectors I want to use to wire it in. I know what I want, so I really don't need "Advice" on running wires. It's personal preference, and I am not a fan of T-splices, spade connectors and the like.
I want to Epoxy the pieces I used to fill the front in with, smooth it out & paint it, to get rid of the Gorilla tape face, and dress it up a bit better.
Well, I finally got a connector that was as close as I could find to what I wanted, and yeah the "weather proof" type is a bit of overkill under the dash. LOL
But first, since it had to come out to get "connected", I snapped a couple of pics to show how I have it mounted in the bezel.
In order to mount the C.B. flush in the bezel, I made slotted holes in what was the "Cubby", behind it's mounting holes on the brackets to move it back about a half inch.
OK! Let's get this thing Connected already!
I found this connector kit on Ebay
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As you can see from above and below, you have to crimp your wire into the connector pins. I doubt the "weather tight" seals were really necessary, but W.T.H. they came with it
Then I simply pushed the pins into the connector housing, until I could feel a click and then pulled it to make sure it was locked into place.
The old "barrel type" fuse holder was broken anyway, so I ordered an inline mini fuse holder that will go in at the end, closer to my power source.
I looked at the other connectors, and saw that it appeared that the male ends were mainly at the components in the bezel except for the stereo, so that is how I oriented this installation with the C.B..
So Now on to the Female end.
Even though it's just my opinion, I think this connector looks better than the spade, & splice connectors. PLUS it will make it easier to disconnect when I feel the need to take the Bezel out again.
The housing is marked "A" "B" on both halves so you don't have to worry about crossing the wires unless you simply don't pay attention.
My proposed connection to power will come from the 12V source at my accessory plug. At this time, it is not permanently fixed in there, as I'm still waiting for the inline mini fuse holder.
Instructions did come with the connector kit, so you shouldn't have any problem, if you decide to go this route.
The antenna cable was just put in for show at this time. I think I am going to go with a K-40 antenna system, and a roof mount. I plan on routing the antenna cable up the A pillar and under the trim & headliner to a hole that will be drilled and sealed under the mount.
*The inline fuse and antenna may be another addition this saga LOL*