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    Default Re: Free Camera Mount Car door design

    Quote Originally Posted by DBussey View Post
    Hi Guys


    I was tired of the crazy price some of the mounts are even though they are generally all straight forward. I designed my own mount bossed off the Eckla design. I have attached the images below as well as the designs and laser cutting files.


    I had it cut out of 2mm and 0.6mm mild steel and then just used general 6mm and 8mm nuts and bolts with washers.
    I then added some felt and 8mm foam on some section to protect the car door and metal on metal sections


    The suction cups I bought separately as well as the hinge used to mount it to the structure.


    I tested it on the weekend at Pilannesburg and it worked like a dream and even on the bumpy roads it stuck to the car with no issues. I was also able to close the windows when needed and did not have the remove the structure from the car.


    I will be happy to send further details if any one needs more details.


    Cheers
    Thanks for the share

    Busy with mine now as well.

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    Default Re: Free Camera Mount Car door design

    Many thanks to Heinz for my Door Mount cut outs received

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    Default Re: Free Camera Mount Car door design

    Middag

    Wil net baie dankie se vir mount design. Myne is ook in om gesny te word en dan invat om te powder coat en nodige goedjies te kry en dan is ek reg vir aksie.

    Waardeer dit opreg

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    Default Re: Free Camera Mount Car door design

    Quote Originally Posted by Heinz Modricky View Post
    Good looking and clever use of glass suction cups. If you guys are stuck, I'll happily cut and bend a few (on permission and with the logo in place) if you allow me to nest this in as I work with material.
    Yes Heinz Powder coated SS would be a excellent combo for that.
    Btw I like what I see on your website looking GOOD

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    Default Re: Free Camera Mount Car door design

    My Camera Mount is coming along
    fine ... mainly need to fit rubber:foam
    linings to avoid scratching my Landy (!)
    also will slowly replace butterfly nuts
    with fancy plastic heads etc when I find 'em.

    Im fashioning my own top angle grip piece
    that will insert in/down behind window OR
    right over door pelmet of window
    if necessary ... it will extend down 7cm into or behind door vs the 2-4cm curvilinear original.
    I sourced and angle-cut out a very rigid though thin (1.2mm stainless ?) steel angle section from the steel backing of an old GE Stove.

    Many Thanks DBussey & Heinz for enabling this project!
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    Default Re: Free Camera Mount Car door design

    Like the Original Poster, I've also wondered why these brackets are so expensive.

    When this thread came along, I saw it as an answer to my prayers and decided to use OP's plans to sort myself out.

    First of all, thank you, DBussey .

    I had a word with a friend who owns a couple of lazers, some benders and a machine shop. The night shift cut the plates from 2.0mm mild steel and the next day three sets of plates were dropped off at my office in exchange for about R1,100.00 in crispy cash notes.

    Next step, off to the electroplaters around the corner from work for them to work their magic.

    After that the project moved from the "proper" workshop at work, to my two little work benches at home in the garage between the bikes.

    The suction cups were probably the cheapest components in the project. Even the strap hinges cost more.
    Strap hinges aren't the easiest things to find, either.

    Stainless steel fittings are surprisingly expensive. However, they were sourced from a local bolt shop.

    My big problem was finding those nice nuts.

    In the end I gave up trying to source locally, and ordered from Amazon.

    They eventually arrived shortly after the gimbals arrived from Takealot - when I learned that the threads on a gimbal are either 1/4" or 3/8". I've owned cameras for many years. This was a stupid mistake on my part.

    Needless to say more stupidly expensive fittings from Amazon.

    Procurement of the fittings ended up being my downfall, but eventually I had everything I needed and I could start dry fitting.

    Once I'd worked out how everything fits together, I stripped the brackets, sprayed them and re assembled.

    The cast iron grey paint adhered well and seems to be hard wearing.

    The black paint, not so much. I ended up re painting the black bracket with Hammerite.

    B&H Sells the Eckla Eagle that this is derived from for $279.95 Knowing the amount of work and logistical nightmares involved in making one, that's actually a bargain.

    I made three. Two are available for sale.

    So here we go. My attempts for the world to see.
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