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Re: '63 SS center console




Help me out here...I know that I'm missing the opaque rear lens for the back of the center console. I have never disassembled a center console. Am I missing anything else, or is it complete? How does the rear portion of the console mount? Or, are the mounting tabs (or whatever they are called) broken off?

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That looks pretty complete. The place to look for damage is on the pins of the front section where the shifter plate/boot is attached with speed nuts. The pins can break off. Of course your shifter boot is toast, but you knew that already.

In the back there's a chrome bezel and opaque lens on the outside, and a light socket/reflector assembly on the inside.

Not a great picture, but...

 

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It looks like your two tabs on the back half are missing.

There are the three brackets welded to the floor. Starting in the back the screws go through the console light, through holes in the console and screw into the bracket welded to the drive shaft hump.

The middle mount point, the screws go through the two holes in the back of the front half, through the two mounting tabs which you appear to be missing, and into the middle console bracket welded to the brace that holds the mount point for the front seats.

Then the front two holes mount to the bracket welded to the tranny hump under the dash.
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys.

Too bad the mounting tabs for the rear section are missing. Since I don't know what the mounting tabs look like, is it something that is broken off of the rear, or just missing and replaceable?

What are these parts make of...pot metal, or something different?
 

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They are broken and it is potmetal, unfortunately. I have heard of people gluing or epoxying pieces to the underside then drilling. The good part is that all of that is hidden and doesn't have a lot of force put on it.



 

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Too bad about the rear tabs missing, but it appears you still have the thin piece of metal under the courtesy light opening. These are frequently broken or gone altogether. Incidentally, the shifter boots are reproduced. I replaced mine when I did carpet a few years ago and it's pretty good quality for a repop.

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They are broken and it is potmetal, unfortunately. I have heard of people gluing or epoxying pieces to the underside then drilling. The good part is that all of that is hidden and doesn't have a lot of force put on it.



I can see that it would be easy to fabricate some sort of plate with drilled and shaped tabs. Thanks for the photos.
 
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