Okay, as far as mounting the fuse box, where and how!?
I have mine temporarily mounted in the glove box because I'd like to keep it in that area. There's more space back there for the wires to branch out from then around the column, it's easy to get to, and that's where the original was. Where I have mine now I wouldn't really be able to use a glove box insert, plus the fuses aren't easy to read, and the wire juts straight down which there really isn't enough room to bend it out of sight. I guess I could cut all the zip ties and bend the wires outta the way and then re-ziptie them again out of sight. It's currently bolted through an existing hole in the dash lip with the mounting plate it came with underneath. The other bolt on the fuse box goes through the plate, too, but it's susupended. The mounting plate only contacts the car along that lip. I could drill some small holes in the lip and plate to further attach it to the car, but the rest of the mounting plate/fusebox would be hanging out. I'd have to put some kind of rubber matting between the lip and the wires to prevent them from rubbing through on the lip. Here's some pics of how it's currently mounted:
^^^^ Notice the wires jutting out underneath ^^^^
^^^^Notice the plate sticking out from underneath the fuse box to hold it up.^^^^
Another pic of the whole glove box and wires.
I'd like to try and mount it in the original location. I'm wondering if I got a longer bolt to go through the stock mounting "tab" and then got a long enough "L" bracket if I could bolt the "L" bracket to the right of the existing tab and have it extend far enough to bolt the upper fuse box bolt to. I don't think I'd have much trouble with it moving in that location because the existing tab should keep it from swinging the "L" bracket around. Also, I could use the mounting plate to help tie the two mounting points together. Any ideas, hints, tips?
I'll post some more about the various intracacies of the wiring in the coming days. Please check back as updates are made and throw out all your ideas. I'm hoping that with good pictures and ideas I can draw up a "how to" with pics for the tech archives section! (that is if this isn't a complete failure