Phones in cars - some people love 'em - some people hate them.
I don't tend to take calls, as it is too distracting , but for streaming music in the background, and as a SatNav - I find it invaluable. With the warnings of speed cameras, accidents and hold ups I wanted that functionality in the SL.
But the SL dash is pretty crowded, and I wanted something on the right of the dash, rather than down on the center console. There hasn't been a good solution I've seen.
So fire up the 3D printer..... It was going to be placed in an awkward area, impossible to measure angles etc. So, I made prototypes to get the basics right, which were quick to print.
The final version is a weird shape, and needs supports, as 3D printers can't print in mid-air. Six hours later we have this.
I managed to get some strong magnets designed for phones from Amazon. A quick rub down, and some Plastikote paint, and I've got this.
The other side has a shallow recess for some double sided tape.
Installed - okay stuck in the car, and it looks like this. Much better than the nasty thing I was using on the passenger side of the dash.
It looks like the steering wheel blocks a lot of the screen, but it doesn't in reality.
Without the phone, you can see my attempt at colour matching to the mushroom dash was pitiful.
I could also shave off the top-right hand corner, to match the dashboard, to make it a bit more subtle.
I'm going to do a Mk2 version, with a few tweaks, but I want to test the angles etc first - with this one, as there isn't any adjustment.
As it just about clears, the clock, vent and tweeter, I'm pretty happy so far. No holes in the dash, or nasty great suckers in my line of sight either.
I dragged the old girl out of the lockup yesterday, ready for a trip to Goodwood on Sunday. Been sat there for almost 3 weeks, and fired straight up - which was nice.
Filled up the tank and worked out the MPG - about 27mpg. That was a bit down, previous figures have been over 30, but then I remembered I'd spent a couple of days driving in central London on that tank.
30mpg for a 5L V8 that gets a fair hoof ever once in a while is bonkers.