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Custom Console for a relocated shifter car

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My car has a 5 speed with the shift lever moved back. I love where it is located but I never really had a polished look around the boot/console area. It used to have just the shorty console with a ashtray and a rubber boot from a sunbeam tiger not mounted to anything. I decided I wanted to have some tunes in there and also make the console extend to surround the shift lever and provide a little shelf area to set items. I used the short console for a template and created my own extended version with some 1/4" aspen and a jig saw. Next step will be to remove it and cover it with this cool textured vinyl I picked up at a craft store for 50% off. I like where this is going so far and wanted to share.

Dismantling the old shorty for a template

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Started cutting my long paterns

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Test fitting you can see the sunbeam boot in the second (ugly...)

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Both sides cut out

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assembled with face plate

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test fit again

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Stereo and speakers installed.

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I have room to add a few gauges and some switches since my headlight flasher and washer pump dip switch is missing...

Next Step- Vinyl, perhaps next weekend.

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Looks great! How far back did you move the shifter? I was thinking of using a bent shift lever(ala 80's Scirocco) to achive something similar. The ergonomics in the 02 are a bit of a compromise for me....legs are just too long.

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Looks great! How far back did you move the shifter? I was thinking of using a bent shift lever(ala 80's Scirocco) to achive something similar. The ergonomics in the 02 are a bit of a compromise for me....legs are just too long.

I didn't move it, purchased it this way. It has a Getrag 245 and I think it just used the existing lever position with no mod to the lever. The hole looked to be a few inches aft of the original, have since installed sound deadener and carpet so I can't measure. I think they did the cut hole turn around the cut out and weld back in mod that is common, if you know what I'm talking about. The ergos are perfect I just reach right down beside me and shift. I am not a big guy though, 5'10".

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Ha, got sidetracked.  I started trying to install this again. I had a really hard time covering the thin wood I used to make the side panels, so I think I am just going to use original sides with new face plate and bottom, covered in the cool textured vinyl.  I'll post some pics so you can see it. 

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