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Old 10-13-2013, 05:13 AM
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Overhead console upgrade

I haven't seen a detailed write up on upgrading a older PS to a F150 overhead console. In my research for this project I discovered that the fuel totalizer was not accurate for our diesels, so I chose a F150 console out of a 99 F 150 that has compas and temp. I picked up the console and wiring harness on eBay for about $140. The first step was to pull the headliner out. It needed recovering so I also bought a kit on eBay for about 50 bucks. It was a little more than the standard kit because my truck is a fat bottom super cab. I will post picks as available.. Any comments, help or criticism are welcome.
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:16 AM
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I used a drill with a wire brush to remove the old backer foam. Using a board clamped to the saw horse held it in place so it did not move around
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:31 AM
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Can't wait to see the finished product!
Good luck!
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:55 PM
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Updated today's photos
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Here is a link to my progress

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A lot of work on this ptproject over the weekend.

Began by scrubbing all the old foam backing off the headliner backboard with a wire brush in my drill.

Then repaired one corner with duct tape

When removing replacing this giant board you have to fold the edges at the factory crease and bow it carefully to get it in or out of the cab.

When laid out for the material glue up bend the creases flat then glue it up. Do not cut the corner slots. They are simply tucked in the corner folds after it is in place.

Laid out the new console. Traced the base part then inset that line by 1/2 in. The go front of the base had to be removed to behind the stand off perches. I positioned it as in the f150 truck with the front edge overlapping the windshield trim. Then 2 screws at the inside front mount holes.

The donor wire harness was designed for a later truck. Removed the connector end by prying out the red retainer then insert a micro screw driver to release the plastic retainer clips in each pin slot. This made the end small enough that it could be fished into the right side a pillar. That is the only way to place the wire where the vanity light plugs will be in the right place.

Haven't got the wire connected yet. Still doing a little research. I did find the pin outs for the console.

Pin 1 w/lt bl console power (12V)
Pin 2 bk/lt bl ground
Pin 3 grey/bk central junction unknown use
Pin 4 lt blu/r headlight sw dimmer
Pin 5 lt blu/o ambient temp sensor out
Pin 6 pink/lt blu ambient temp sensor return
Pin 7 bk/lt blu interior lights (don't need this since there are no lights on this unit)
Pin 8 lt gr/o Interior lights same as above

Any comments concerning wiring would be appreciated
I will be adapting from the passenger side kick panel for all hook ups
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:58 PM
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Looks good! That overhead console needs some Hydro-graphics!
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Any updates on this project?
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Haven't had time. Need to post some pics. Got the unit mounted and looks ok. The power did not come on at first start. I may hAve a bad control board or needs the resistors resoldered. Not sure yet.
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