Pictures/updates to my previous post:
First off, here she is hand washed and waxed in preparation for the upcoming salty roads:
Tire shine still drying. I don't know if it's true or not but I feel the tire shine helps condition the tires and prevents them from drying/cracking...
After cleaning the truck up, I decided to figure out why the CD player and clock didn't work. CD player, glove box, and clock removed:
Up behind the dash where the speaker is supposed to be. I think I'll look into a new one...
For those wondering, this is how the clock mounts to the dash. The faceplate has two plastic 'pegs' that poke through the dash and through the clock. To remove, you have to spin off the little nut type things. This can be a little difficult...
Rear of the factory clock. I couldn't figure out how to remove the single orange wire. The black socket type thing spins but doesn't turn loose.
Front of said clock:
It turns out, the CD player had a broken ground and a blown fuse. If I turn it up too loud, it still likes to blow the 2 amp fuse. Either way, I'm glad I figured that out.
As for the clock, the connections at the brown plug seemed pretty good. The clock itself was difficult to turn but after working with it for a while, it seemed to loosen up. Unfortunately, it still doesn't work. Anyone have any thoughts?
Besides fixing the CD player, tinkering with the clock, and replacing a few burnt out lights, I also found my glove box to be in bad shape.
The material it's made out of resembles a compressed cardboard. My gears started turning and I ended up at Hobby Lobby. There, I found some 20" x 30" Presentation Board. It was a little thin but being that it was compressed, it felt pretty sturdy. I bought two.
When I arrived back home, I glued the two sheets together with some wood glue. The two glued together added up to the thickness of the original compressed cardboard glove box and greatly increased the strength. While it was drying, I gently removed the staples holding the factory glove box together. Here is a crappy picture...
Once all the staples were removed, I was able to open up the factory glove box.
With this, I traced and cut out the shape on the Presentation Board sandwich.
From here, I gently creased the bends using, of all things, a sturdy shelf bracket, which can be seen on the left of the following pictures.
Once the shape was roughed in, I wondered how in the world I was going to fasten this all together. I decided on wood glue but needed something to hold it all together while it dried. While it isn't pretty, I ended up using a common stapler. It worked decently.
Here it is finished up:
I ran glue on the seams and over the staples to help hold everything together after it initially dried. Now I just need to install it!
As an aside, does anyone know what this key turn located above the emergency brake release may be for? I'm curious if it factory or aftermarket. I have yet to see what it's hooked to... Sorry for the blurry picture.