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  • Custom Squarebird Cup Holder

    I know they make cup holders for the Mustangs and the early two-seater T-Birds, but not for the Squarebirds. I want to rectify that situation.

    I have designed a cup holder that fits cans and bottles and fits neatly on the console for the Squarebird using a magnet. It installs and removes in seconds and does not mar your console.

    I made this one-off prototype on my computer and had it printed out in 3D in ABS plastic. The cost of the prototype was about $75. I think I can make them in quantities of 100 for about $60 each. They would be supplied in white could be dyed to match the interior of a car. Possibly I could supply them in the common colors of black and red.

    The final product would be better looking than the one pictured. I would fillet the edges with a greater radius to make it smoother and would have inserts for the cans/bottles/mugs with a chrome edge.

    Would anyone be interested in this?

    I would also like to thank John Byers for sending me a box of Henry Weinhard root beer. This stuff is awesome. It is one of the best tasting root beers I have ever tried. I used a bottle to test my new cup holder.




    Underside showing magnet


    Great root beer by Henry Weinhard!
    Alexander
    1959 Hard Top
    1960 Golde Top
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  • #2
    Sounds great!! Esp if the color were red (in the case of your car in the photo). Perhaps you (or us) could attach some felt cloth to the underside to cover the magnet

    thanks!
    John
    58 Hardtop, red console
    1958 Hardtop
    #8452 TBird Registry
    http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=8452


    photo: http://www.squarebirds.org/users/joh...d_June2009.jpg
    history:
    http://www.squarebirds.org/users/johng/OCC.htm

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    • #3
      Good idea, but it needs design help. Too square. I bed it has an adverse effect on the radio sound too.

      What CAD software is it? Maybe I can help out, but work's real busy right now. PM or email me.
      DGS (aka salguod)
      1960 Convertible - Raven Black, Red leather
      www.salguod.net

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      • #4
        I agree it is too square. I just made it as a test to see how it fits. I will radius the edges much more to make it more visually appealing. I may add indentations on top to hold pens or change.

        Tell me your design ideas. I want to make this a product Squarebird owners want.

        I am using SolidWorks.

        I should be getting a 3D scanner and a 3D ABS printer in a few weeks.
        Alexander
        1959 Hard Top
        1960 Golde Top
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        • #5
          Very interesting project... I will certainly be interested to watch this develop.. off to a great start.

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          • #6
            Are they ready yet??? I am washing my passenger side floor mat from a soda that fell over while I went around a corner last night.

            John
            Holderless 1958 Hardtop
            1958 Hardtop
            #8452 TBird Registry
            http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=8452


            photo: http://www.squarebirds.org/users/joh...d_June2009.jpg
            history:
            http://www.squarebirds.org/users/johng/OCC.htm

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            • #7
              Not yet. I recommend that you drink seltzer soda or water in the meantime.
              Alexander
              1959 Hard Top
              1960 Golde Top
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              • #8
                hmmm.....sounds like good advice....at least diet soda is less sticky than the sugar based stuff.

                Still Holderless Hardtop
                John
                1958 Hardtop
                #8452 TBird Registry
                http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=8452


                photo: http://www.squarebirds.org/users/joh...d_June2009.jpg
                history:
                http://www.squarebirds.org/users/johng/OCC.htm

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                • #9
                  John how fast were you going around the corner?? If it was a decent enough chooch around the turn, at least spilling the soda is the least of your problems.

                  Alexander: I too agree, that it is a great idea and with the help of the other members, can be refined to meet the needs of the consol and look a little slimmer. I also noticed you had your favourite brew displayed,Root Beer.

                  Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
                  Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
                  Thunderbird Registry
                  58HT #33317
                  60 HT (Sold )

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                  • #10
                    Dano, I was participating in a life or death situation: hustling to pick up my wife in a shopping center lest she stand there too long.

                    John
                    1958 Hardtop
                    #8452 TBird Registry
                    http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=8452


                    photo: http://www.squarebirds.org/users/joh...d_June2009.jpg
                    history:
                    http://www.squarebirds.org/users/johng/OCC.htm

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                    • #11
                      John, well then that explains it exactly as we all know we can't keep them waiting.Have a good weekend.

                      Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
                      Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
                      Thunderbird Registry
                      58HT #33317
                      60 HT (Sold )

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                      • #12
                        Keep up the good work Alex we need something.Driving around with a cold pop between my legs,all my kids will be born Naked
                        George 60HT-Flame Red

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                        • #13
                          You are quite welcome!!! Good stuff huh? If it's N/A in your area, let me know and we'll get a supply line going.

                          I like the cupholder idea. I thought about one of those caddy's., the throw over type. Needs something. I thought about sticking something to the inside of the glove box door, like the insert out of a late model cup holder. Starbucks has a travel mug with a fat bottom (sounds like a personal problem huh?) but it has a rubber base so it won't slide - or tip over. Might just do that . . . Not that I'm a coffee addict o ooo oor
                          anything.
                          John Byers
                          1960 Convertible (Orig owner)
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                          • #14
                            One more question. I noticed you have a convertible style interior light. Was that std issue in a 59 HT? The 60 HT's I've seen have nothing under there.
                            I need a new socket for mine. The body shop broke mine.
                            John Byers
                            1960 Convertible (Orig owner)
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                            • #15
                              The hardtops did not have the map-light, only the convertibles did. I used the easy to obtain guts of a 1961-63 Thunderbird map-light to convert the radio plate of the 1958 - 60 into the convertible type. I remember Bob's Bird House had dozens of them. I have the template.
                              Alexander
                              1959 Hard Top
                              1960 Golde Top
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