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Old August 30th, 2016, 05:51 PM
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Rear Passenger Center Cubby AC/Heat

The center console combined AC and heater unit for the middle row and rear passengers that will be ideal for a 110 or 90.

Obviously the compact 5,500 KW Heat/AC unit will reside inside a new console, but shown here for illustration purposes are a few photos, so you can compare the size to a standard cubby box.
Please excuse the glare.

Step 1 find a good quality AC/Heat unit powerful enough to heat and cool the middle row and small enough to fit in a custom center console cubby box.
If my measuring is correct there will be room for 2 compartments: one for the Heat/AC unit in the bottom and one for a little storage space in the top under a fold over lid.

Check on step 1.

Step 2 design the center console and have a prototype manufactured.
I think the standard cubby size is a place for forgotten junk anyway, so a smaller more shallow cubby isn't all bad.
The good news is there will be a place for some storage.

In progress.

More to follow as the busy schedule allows.
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man when you called I thought you had it all hooked up. Maybe that was Newman's driving, threw me off.
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I kid you not, I was just looking at center row modifications, and this idea came to me -- one minute later, I'm here and I see this build.

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Old September 3rd, 2016, 11:53 AM
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man when you called I thought you had it all hooked up. Maybe that was Newman's driving, threw me off.
Your senses were dulled at the time.

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I kid you not, I was just looking at center row modifications, and this idea came to me -- one minute later, I'm here and I see this build.

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There is absolutely no reason why the middle row and rear passengers should do without the comfort of heat and AC.

Am making a list of requirements and the first 4 that came to mind were based on what I don't like about the cubby consoles currently on the market:
1.) Try and incorporate a drink-holder tube deep enough to actually hold a drink, water or beer bottle, that actually holds it instead of having it fly out when you turn the corner or hit a bump off roading.

2.) Have the top lid open side to side with 2 doors like an outside cellar access on an old house.
The design of a single lid that opens front to back and protrudes into the rear passenger area is just annoying.
The flimsy bull shit lid stops last about a day before they break and the whole top flips back where it can be easily hyper extended and broken.

3.) Actually have the top of the new cubby high enough to act as a real bonafide arm rest.

4 Try to incorporate a place to hold a cell phone that also will actually hold it without allowing it to sling out, landing in odd places when you take a corner or are off roading.

Anyone have additional suggestions?
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