Was just going to put new carpet in, but ended up taking more out. That's what always happens.
After the carpet (then seats) came out, I started looking at the console. It needed some work, so I took that out,too. Boy, is that a pita! Lots of wires, vacumm lines and endless fasteners, even looking at a diagram.
I priced a few repo console pieces- it totaled up to about $700! Makes me mad when you can buy a complete Chevelle/camaro Console all done for well under a grand. And the $700 doesn't include everything- you have to still use all older parts beneath the structure.
I decided to clean it up, spray it satin black and buy $200 worth of the main essentials (parking/heat AC lenses, wood grain kit, 2 fiber optics, new cig ashtray (no smokin' tho), etc. My interior is in nice shape, seats still fairly nice. I'd rather have the console be an 8 and match the rest of the car, then have it stick out like a sore thumb being a 10.
Now, since the floorboards are bare, I'm going for heat thermal barrier. Going with Eastwoods, about $150, but just the stuff I'm looking for. Gonna install that, then throw down the old (still usable) floor thin insulation, then underlayment and carpet.
For those of you wanting to tear out your console, take it slow. There's a lot in there. But in a few hours, it'll come out.
I'm glad I'm doing it like this. It would of bugged me not to do it when i had the chance.
Yes, there was still some mouse feed inside that console from years ago.
I hate mice! Just being able to clean it out makes me feel better.
It's tedious pulling out the upper trim plate- only four screws you
say. No, there's a lot more under. In order to get it out, invert it
and unattach, well, basically everything you see. Take a ton a pictures,
your memory will fail you if you don't.
I used some metal/chrome polish that always seemed to work- and the ashtray area turned out great. It doesn't look like it in the pics (flash and still buffing it), but most of it is concealed inside the trim plate.
The ashtray itself was a no go. New ones are like $10.
Vette(s): 1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!
Ya, it is a pita working on the center consul. I had to work on my gages and feel your pain. But in the end it is worth the effort!! Nice Job you are doing!!
"but ended up taking more out. That's what always happens." Yep, each time you do something on these vettes you go farther then you thought, spend more then you planned! Wouldn't have it any other way! Keep up the good work. its lookin good. Great pics! Rodney
Here's pretty much the front finished. Some of the seams I may use some duct tape or reflective/thermal tape- but that's it.
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I haven't done any of the back. My carpet is fine for now there, so I'll leave well enough alone.
There are 3 sheets left of the 8 in the kit. The 8 big sheets are huge- you'll never use it all at once. Cut it in half and start small, then overlap. Any scraps I kept. Trust me, you'll use every bit of those pieces- then i would recover them in layers, if need be.
I used a small razor knife, a pair of scissors, and a roller I bought large from home depot for $13- couldn't find a small, cheap wooden roller (even at walmart) but this worked good. I also used the butt of the scissors (that wrap over your fingers) in tight places, too, to put pressure on it to stick down.
Sometimes I used some alcohol to swipe the area if it was full of dust or old underlayment.
My hands are sore, and me knees, too. Make sure you get an old couch pillow or something to kneel on. It took me at least 8 hours for this, with a few more things to finish up.
I spent another 45 minutes on just the passenger side, taping the seams.
Yes, it's extra insurance and the Eastwood's instructions don't say to do it. But, for one, it doesn't leave any sharp edges (covering them with reflective/aluminum tape). That makes sure the carpet doesn't get torn or start being cut from underneath.
Two, you can sit on the floor and not get cut.
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More on the console...
I had to admit it, but I'm almost wishing I would have just bought the new parts. Yes, it's over-the-top expensive. But I'm running into problems sanding of the chrome strips- without touching the new black paint. Very tedious.
Installed the woodgrain kit- looks good, but it won't stick 100%- just like my factory one. I made up some clamps and used pencils to put pressure down, hope this doesn't peel up in the future.
Vette(s): SOLD - "The Toy" - 1970 Convertible SOLD - "The Beast" - 1990 ZR-1 (#682) "BLKBRRD" - 1978 Trans Am, 400ci/285hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops
All of the image files referenced in this thread are no longer located in Aaron's Personal File Folder that is why the error message shows up when the links are clicked on. I've sent an e-mail to him asking if he deleted them.
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