I thought my last dash that I customized for my Gem was pretty good and functional however after converting to ac, sevcon controller, lithium and my wife wanting a place to put her phone I have newly remodeled my dash again. Here is what I did this winter.
First off solving the phone storage issue. One day when traveling with a friend I noticed that the center dash tray in his 2013 F-150 would be perfect. I was able to find one on ebay and after shaving a few factory lips off the tray it fit perfect.
When I converted to lithium and the hot rod ac setup I lost the speedometer and battery level gauge. With the help of @MikeKC (big thanks for the help) I was able to come up with what I feel is a great solution to this problem. I installed a 10.25" Android car stereo with a thunderstruck motorsports CAN translator and was able to regain all the functions I was missing and a lot more.
The stereo I used was a Joying 10.25" single din with the extended ribbon cable. What made this the perfect thing for my setup is that the screen can be remotely mounted independent of the single din radio chassis. I had to fabricate a custom mount and attach it to the lower windshield bracket to get the result of a floating screen. For a first try on the bracket it turned out pretty good but next winter I will refine it to look better. The ribbon cable that connects the screen to the chassis I painted it black to match the bracket and then used @grantwest favorite item (black industrial strength Velcro) to attach the ribbon to the bracket.
Finished floating screen
Screen with Bluetooth can translator & torque app running. Don’t get excited. I am not running a pack with 186 volts. One of the PIDS needed adjusting.
Screen split with a speedo & navigation app running side by side
So far I am really happy with the way this turned out and there are many things I am discovering that I am able to do with the onboard apps. Bluetooth garage door opener, search the web, control under car lights and wireless apple car play. I will try to update as I discover more.
Here is a link to my last dash mod thread.
Gem Car Dash Mod - GEM Forum - Electric Forum