It's pretty easy, just a 3/8" bolt & nut, 2 large washers, 3 rubber washers, cheap ball head camera mount (cheap on ebay), and a video camera.
Take out the center dash cover, drill a 3/8" hole in it, put in the bolt, washers, and nut, screw on the ball head, and attach camera.
I have a video of a trip around the block, but I'm having issues with google video right now.
edit: after some use I've thought about using a locknut instead to keep the bolt from spinning, I first thought that if I tightened it well enough it wouldn't spin but I'm afraid of tightening it too much and breaking the plastic.
edit: my HDD camera complains of too much vibration. It wouldn't be a problem with a tape or solid-state digital video camera.
Looks nice but very top-heavy. You may find that one good jolt and it's going to rip a hole in your dash. Did you put a similar diameter washer on the underside?
Yes, I used large washers on both sides. I also used rubber washers between the pastic of the console and the metal washers on both sides. I'll let you know how it holds up when I go wheelin' next time.
I'll have to agree with the mud, I don't stay dry or clean when I go, I get all kinds of mud everywhere, especially with the top off. I have a lens protector on the camera, and I could slip a latex glove over the camera to protect the it.
i love that CB mounting location, got any more pix of that setup?
Yeah, I was searching around on the forum for cb setups and very few people have that setup, but I liked it and did it. I don't have any pics of it under the black cover, but I should really do that. Here's a couple pics.
Originally Posted by dippert
oh and very nice job w/ the camera, you should add some to the underside now...give it a Xtreme 4x4 intro clip feel
I just made a mount for a video camera the other day. I used a ball head mount. I took off the center console and drilled a hole right in the center of the tray. Used a 3/8 bolt and screwed the ball head on the other side and remounted the console. It works great. and put a bolt through the tray in the center and then screwed the tripod head onto that. It works Great.