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What components comprised an original, non-dealer-messed-with, non-abused/adulterated, non-radio, virgin short console of a '70 '02?  

I realize radios were dealer options.

I have seen images of numerous '70 consoles containing different combinations of nothing (a dark scary cavern; this image was in a BMW brochure), only an ashtray, only radio+speaker, and ashtray+radio+speaker

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Larry

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The US spec pre-modell 71 cars (166-167XXXX VINs) had consoles a bit different from what JMR posted.  

 

The sides were pretty much the same, but the cross piece was up at the top of the opening and nearly flush with the sides, so that its top snuggled up against the underside of the dash (which of course didn't have the chrome trim.  On the early cars (at least through Feb '69) the cross piece was thick fiberboard covered with vinyl.  Sometime afterwards, that was changed to a piece of molded plastic.  On both crosspieces, the ashtray was centered on the crosspiece, but no switches, pushbuttons etc--just the ashtray.   The emergency flasher shown in the picture above was moved to the left side of the instrument binnacle as that little switch panel wouldn't work with the Federally mandated cushion on the underside of the steering column housing.  

 

Radios were generally hung under the crosspiece, with either the speaker grille covering the entire storage cubby, or moved back in the cubby to provide some storage space.  It really depended on the dealer or owner how it was installed.   The shift boot is round and clips over a raised ring that's welded to the tunnel housing.

 

mike

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12 hours ago, Mike Self said:

The US spec pre-modell 71 cars (166-167XXXX VINs) had consoles a bit different from what JMR posted.  

 

The sides were pretty much the same, but the cross piece was up at the top of the opening and nearly flush with the sides, so that its top snuggled up against the underside of the dash (which of course didn't have the chrome trim.  On the early cars (at least through Feb '69) the cross piece was thick fiberboard covered with vinyl.  Sometime afterwards, that was changed to a piece of molded plastic.  On both crosspieces, the ashtray was centered on the crosspiece, but no switches, pushbuttons etc--just the ashtray.   The emergency flasher shown in the picture above was moved to the left side of the instrument binnacle as that little switch panel wouldn't work with the Federally mandated cushion on the underside of the steering column housing.  

 

Radios were generally hung under the crosspiece, with either the speaker grille covering the entire storage cubby, or moved back in the cubby to provide some storage space.  It really depended on the dealer or owner how it was installed.   The shift boot is round and clips over a raised ring that's welded to the tunnel housing.

 

mike


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What Mike^ said!

 

In understanding the U.S.-spec cars, you must first realize that the Euro-spec cars (a.k.a., Rest of the World) employed the chrome-trimmed dashboard from the ‘02’s inception (March 1966) until the introduction of the Modell 71 (April 1971). Why does it matter? Because the chrome-trimmed dash incorporated an ashtray. Problem solved!

 

Then, in 1968, the U.S. DOT torpedoed that tidy plan by outlawing those hard-faced dashboards. BMW had to use a fully padded dashboard and find a new place for the ashtray. So, beginning around November 1967, a new ashtray appeared within the console, just below its original location in the dash. And, as Mike says, there was no need to add anything else: the emergency flasher was originally under the steering column but had migrated to the tiny left “parcel shelf” of the dashboard. When the U.S.-spec cars arrived at the U.S. dealers, those short consoles were, indeed, dark caves, to be filled with, perhaps, a radio and speaker — generally an AM radio.

 

So think simple if you’re hoping to emulate the typical short console!

 

The first photo is from a July 1967 brochure (Euro-spec car). The second and third photos are from an April 1968 brochure (Euro-spec car). The fourth photo is from a May 1968 brochure (U.S.-spec car). And the fifth photo is from an undated brochure, but probably dates to June 1968 (U.S.-spec car with radio and speaker installed). My very early ‘70 (VIN 1668093, September 8, 1969), R.I.P., came to me from the first owner with a Blaupunkt Hamburg AM radio and single under-mounted speaker. Unlike this fifth photo, and following Mike’s note above, the front planes of the radio and speaker were aligned, and the combined duo were mounted vertically, which provided a small cubby area in front of the speaker. Remember, those cavernous consoles were blank slates for the radio installers.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To Mike's point about the composition of the ashtray panel on US cars, my early '71 (built 11/30/70) came new with a (fairly crude) fiberboard panel covered in vinyl. So if plastic panels were used prior to the Model 71 changeover, either it was on the very last of the early '71s, or it was a case of a mix based on supplier inventory. 

 

-Dave 

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Interestingly, I have a plastic 'undertray' that has spots for the hazard button, the purple 'foglight' button

and a radio.  Effectively deleting the center console.

 

It's just vacu- formed plastic, so it'd need structure to hold up the back of the radio,

but I thought it looked a lot better than the 'console' did.  

 

Jenn's 2002 has a center console out of a MK1 Scirocco- it was a little tall, but that's what hacksaws are for.

 

t

 

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