made some progress today. went to home depot and picked up a 14 gauge hyco bar. not sure what its used for in real life but it worked perfectly as the predrilled holes matched up to the radio holes.
i also had to hack a piece of plastic. if you look above the first hyco bar you can see where i hacked off. basically the same width of the kindle. the kindle now slides right in between the hacked off sections and rests on the block of wood.
then i found a peice of wood lying around and used that as a shimmy. screwed it into the hyco bar on the back side.
now with all the dash peices back in place. fits like a charm!