Make An In-Car Camera Mount

Time Needed: 30 mins.
Tools Needed: Three 3/16x 2 1/2 Machine Screws (Stove Bolts), Three matching nuts, Three matching lock washers, 30Lx1Wx1H box aluminum (Closest length most likely 36″ or 3 feet), 4 plastic end caps (used for ends of hollow table legs), Hacksaw, Dremel (optional), Drill, Glue Gun, Wrench, Swivel/Ball-Head Camera mount, matching bolt (1/4″), Rubber washer, Electrical Tape
Prerequisites: None
Purpose: To provide a mount location to take in car photographs or videos.

Full instructions after the jump.

Click on pictures to enlarge

This mount is based on John V’s camera mount DIY. The parts I’ve used end up around $40 CAD including the Ball-Head mount which was approx $24

The Parts

Although not necessary the dremel will definitely come in handy when it comes to finishing edges etc.


Measure and Mark

First step is to measure and mark where we’ll be cutting.

The following measurements are for a 2001 Honda Civic, so if you don’t own one, you’ll have to find the measurements yourself.

Mark the first section at 9 1/2″ (the width of the headrest), and mark the second section to have a length of 19″ (this is the approx length for the camera to be positioned in the center of the car).


Cut Pieces

Next step is to cut the pieces to the marked lengths.


Tape Pieces

Using the electrical tape, tape both pieces together as shown, since we will be drilling through them. Make sure it’s taped tight, since the drill bit will have a tendancy to bite and spin the pieces.


Mark and Drill

Next mark and drill 3 holes to accomodate the 3/16×2 1/2 screws, making sure to space the holes so that on the 9.5 inch piece of aluminum they are inset at the edges to allow for the plastic end caps. (this will vary depending on the size of your endcaps)


Fasten With Screws

After drilling we can now remove the tape and use the screws to hold the two pieces together much better.


Use A Lock Washer

Make sure to put on a lock washer before bolting so that it keeps the pieces together tight.


Position Head Rest Holes

Make sure those screws are tight, since we’ll be drilling in between both pieces as each piece sandwiches the headrest.

Use the headrest to position the holes.


Carefully Drill

When drilling these holes, be careful as the drill bit will have a tendancy to bite, kick and scream.


The Drilled Opening

After drilling, you may or may not have what is shown here depending on how well you drilled the hole.

Most likely you’ll have some stray edges and metal still covering part of the opening, this is where your dremel comes in handy to clear out all this area.


After Completion

After completition of that step, I decided to paint it, you can either paint it or leave it as is.

Another option is to add sticky foam to the area that will clamp around your headrest as to not *scratch* your headrest posts.


End Caps

The ends of the pieces are hollow and just as a finishing touch for both looks and safety is to put end caps in it. (wouldn’t want to jab yourself with the open end of the pipe now would you?)


Inserting End Caps

Now if your local hardware store carries the proper end caps you won’t need to glue them in, they’ll just squeeze in real tight with friction

Mine however were just a tad too small…and the larger size was a tad too big. So in my case I must glue them in.


Attach Around Headrest

Now we’re basically completed here, attach the two pieces around the headrest and this is what you should have.


Finished Mount

From this shot you can see how the pieces attach.

Now looking carefully you can see that I decided to cut my holes at an angle so as to create a saw-tooth that bites into the posts of my headrest (i have an extra) whereas this is the same area that you can put some foam so as to not scratch the headrest posts.


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