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Old 01-08-2005, 08:14 PM
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My console project

I pretty much lurk here and I only pop up to the surface when I have something to add to the community so here goes . . .

When I bought my 39 Ford Phantom this summer the only thing I didn't like was that the shifter was on the column. So I decided to build a console and put a B&M Megashifter in it..

I took pix of interiors of cars at shows and really had a hard time deciding what style I wanted in the car. I finally narrowed in on a concept and went from there.

I did a cardboard mock up and as you can see from the pix it came out pretty much like what I was going for. I did everything except the boot - because I can't sew.

Boy, talk about one thing leading to another ! The console affects everything in the interior. Because I wanted a floor shifter I had to get rid of the GM steering column which wasn't bad because I didn't like the way it looked and shifted anyway. When I got a new column I wanted the drop it to lower the steering wheel about an inch but now the column was too low and was below the opening for the old column by a good 2 1/2".

I had to pulll the lower valence of the dash and strip the fabric off and fill the arch that was left from the GM column and then recover it. Kind of a pain but it all came together great.

Well, I'm about ready to button everything up and get ready for some good cruising this year.
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Old 01-08-2005, 08:27 PM
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Team 5150,

Nice console! What did you construct it from?
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Old 01-08-2005, 08:31 PM
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I used 3/8" plywood for the frame with 3/4" square stock for the spacers.

I made a little compartment under the part where the shifter lights are - you lift it up and there is a boxed in area there.

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Old 01-08-2005, 08:42 PM
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Here are some more pix of it.
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Old 01-08-2005, 08:45 PM
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Showing the storage area.

And the hidden are under the storage area.
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Old 01-08-2005, 08:47 PM
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And the hidden area under the storage area.
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Old 01-08-2005, 09:11 PM
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You got something to hide? Kidding aside, very nice work.
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Old 01-09-2005, 07:46 AM
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Team5150,

Very nice! What did you use for the cup holders?

And nice tool organization there as well.

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Hahaha ... I was thinking the same thing; here's one guy who WON'T wind up on "COPS." I like secret compartments.

That's a nice job, bro'! How do you attach the parts together? I'm thinking you either glued or glued & screwed and that would be visible underneath -- any chance of seeing pics of the underside, showing how the sides (for example) are attached?

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Old 01-09-2005, 07:55 PM
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I got the cup holders from a poker supply place in Las Vegas on the Internet - they were $8 each. They are stainless steel.

On the parts of it that I used 1/8" foam padding - the sides and the back piece - I started out by gluing the foam on and then covering the piece with the material and pulling it around the edges and stapling it. If you glue the fabric to the foam the foam compresses and doesn't return because the glue soaks through and collapses the foam.

On the other pieces I glued the fabric directly to the board. On stressed areas I shot a couple of staples just to make sure it didn't come up.

You have to glue the fabric on pieces that you have openings in - like the piece that has the cup holders- cut the fabric after the glue had dried. If you have foam under it it will not hold tight to the opening. You can see in the attached picture this piece is glued and the opening were easy to cut out.

The knobs are functional - one is the rheostat for the dash lights and the other is for the interior lights. They also function as a knob to lift the cover for the storage area.

I built the storage area in it because I don't have a glove box or any other storage in the interior of the car. Now I have a place to put my registration and cell phone and other stuff. You don't realize how bad you need a place to store stuff till you don't have any !
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Old 01-09-2005, 07:58 PM
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Here is a photo of the frame.
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Old 01-09-2005, 08:10 PM
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Here is one "behind the scenes" shots to show the stapling.
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This is of the back with the Dakota digital unit mounted.
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And this shot looking down into the storage area. This will be ubdere the dash.
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I just wanted to compliment you on your work and say thanks for the pictures. That is a very nice console!!!
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