Not sure if you're still looking for a picture of the radio in that dash opening, but I just came across this on Facebook. Baja Charlie has a sweet 1 owner Econoline for sale over there, and it has the original radio plate in place.
I did get an inspection and registration on Old Blue. 1988 B250 Safari Conversion. Original 318/5.2 TBI A500. Affectionately called DogVan . The plugs and O2 sensor did the trick, it was happy again. No codes, CEL. 32 years of service 150+ K miles. not bad
They sell new ones online, Amazon and eBay have a few. Not sure if this is exactly what you're looking for though. I haven't personally used any, so I couldn't give you feedback on how well they're built.
Thank you all! I've had mine apart a couple times over the last couple years, and would like to avoid doing it again until I'm ready to install a finished part. There are 2x G-vans in the yard local to me, but they are a 1992 and a 1995, and both have a 1.5 din stereo. I am hoping that it won't be an issue for this project, guess I'll see when I get it out. I am planning on making the whole insert as 1 part, so hopefully it won't matter (I would cut out the entire vent/radio section and this would replace the whole section). I am hoping to grab one of the dashes maybe this weekend if the weather holds out.
As for the ducting, I do remember that it is a formed plastic duct supplying air to the center vents and it was pretty low profile. I am thinking that, depending on the space constraints, I may be able to cut the OEM ducting back, and 3d print some adapters that would attach to the original ducting profile, those would adapt to a flexible type of hose between the original duct and the new part.
The other thing I just realized (Thanks Wedgy for bringing it up), is that the newer vans do have some sort of duct going into the lower doghouse cover. My 1985 van was a cargo van and does not have whatever that ducting is. Is that tied into the ducting for the center vents? From the pictures I can find, the lower vents are pretty low, I would think they would tie into the floor ducting? Maybe someone with a such-equipped van can confirm this for me? If those are in fact tied into the upper/center vents, that may be an issue for this fitting *all* models.. It looks like both of my potential donor junk yard dashes have this lower doghouse ducting, so worst case I can look when I get to the junkyard.
We'll see. Step one is to get a mock-up dash to play with.
Does anyone have experience replacing an overhead TV in an Explorer conversion high top? Mine is a 2004 and I'd like to install a newer and modern TV that has a Roku TV box or use Google Chromecast. Here is a photo of the interior. I see several mounting buttons in the area but before I start messing with it, I was just wondering if anyone here had any experience replacing their TV....thanks.