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Old 01-18-2014, 06:20 PM
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Custom Console

Im looking to build a custom console for a 1970 GTO. I was hoping to see some custom consoles some of you folks have made to get some ideas. Wanting to put about 5 2"gauges and a double DIN stereo and 2 of the stainless looking cup holders. Keeping the Hurst Dual Gate shifter in the stock location. I will also install courtesy lights in the front and rear side areas. Will have armrest also. I am not against not reusing the stock shifter bezel either.

These are procar seats also that I am going to change the inserts to a charcoal colored carbon fiber looking vinyl. But would like to change the stitching up some. I like diamond pleats but don't feel like they fit in the "muscle car" style.


Here are some pictures of the interior of the GTO....
(I did use the search feature and found some, just looking for anything you guys might can add)
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:37 PM
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for a freeform shape that fits your car; i recommend using fiberglass and a framework to shape a new console.
this is the console i made for my truk, it may not be what you want but the same methods go into making any shape or form.
normally i'd just send you to my favorite fiberglass forum but it shutdown last year.
look at my truk build and see how i shaped and made my console.
i also made door panels, dash fascia, column cover, kick speakers and a lot more once i figured out how to make the shapes.

you could do plywood if you just need a box.











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Old 01-19-2014, 01:41 PM
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if you like your current console from the shifter back you could also just build from the shifter forward to the dash.
keep your base and just build a pod that sits on top of your console that holds a double din stereo and gauges.
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if you like your current console from the shifter back you could also just build from the shifter forward to the dash.
keep your base and just build a pod that sits on top of your console that holds a double din stereo and gauges.
Thats what I thought about doing since I have a spare factory console. Then wrap it in black vinyl and ad some stitching where required.
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Im not very experienced in fiberglass and I pretty much hate sanding and avoid it as much as possible. Although like your truck fiberglass does look great.
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Very nice job..a little artistic, a little wood and felt and a little fiberglass and lots of work..you did it good my friend
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I am working on one for a Pantera. There is more to it that is not shown. You can see underneath how the parts which were laser cut and slotted to fit together like a puzzle. The corners are aluminum round tube:




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Wow, that is gonna be super nice
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heres mine for my chevelle, from dash to package tray.......
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heres mine for my chevelle, from dash to package tray.......
There we go. Thats more along the lines of what I want. You got a build thread or more pics?
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no..... sorry.... I have been meaning to take more pics but I keep getting side tracked by doing other upholstery for other people..... not really much you can do with a custom interior except start your own....
I looked at a ton of pictures on the web to get ideas and here I went!!!
start with the seats you want, fit them.... I started with the rear, fitted and bolted them in, then built the armrest to fill in the outside gap between the seats and door panels, when happy with that fit, started cutting cardboard for a template for the console between the 2 rear seats, then worked my way forward towards the dash, taking account for the floor shifter, I actually built a bridge for my shifter to sit on and made it fit my console just like it fitted the box that came with the b&m floor shifter, then turned it up to the custom fiberglass dash I made to hold the new gauges.....
now........ this is just the way I did it, you or someone else may do it totally different, but just take your time, think ahead of what your doing and you'll do just fine..... I just finished an extended cab ford truck, 2 buckets, split back seat and 4 headrest in a 2 tone, got a pair of 66 chevelle buckets to do tomorrow and a house to work on, I'll try to get some pics of some progress for you.....
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hey ujslost I finally found my camera battery charger and took a few pics, but of course I'd already finished covering most of it...... sorry..... but here you go...... Eddie ........ and one of them is also a picture of the fiberglass dash I made to hold my new gauges
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hey ujslost I finally found my camera battery charger and took a few pics, but of course I'd already finished covering most of it...... sorry..... but here you go...... Eddie ........ and one of them is also a picture of the fiberglass dash I made to hold my new gauges
Very nice. I like that its got a good streamline look to it. Not over done and not to boring either. Yours is a lot like how I want to do mine. Can't wait to see it installed. I might send some questions your way when I begin mine.
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Thank you sir ! now that I have my dash painted, and if I get a few minutes I will have it installed this week, I'll take some pics for ya and try to answer what ever questions you ask of me......
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Here is a pretty neat video that may help you.
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