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tip for re-install console

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Fairfield, CA, USA   USA
One of my unfavorite tasks on my 73 is re-installing the console. Specifically, getting the holes in the boot(s) and retaining ring lined up with the threaded holes in the tunnel cover so the fasteners can slide right in.

Was wrestling with this today, and in-between running for another TUMS and trying another set of screwdrivers for alignment I realized I could make up a set of locating pins and use them and hopefully save money on anti-acids.

Dug out four 1/4-28x2 cap screws, cut they little heads clean off, then slotted the stump for a slotted screwdriver. (those $15 HF cut off grinders are really useful!) Next time I will use 2-1/2" long.

Ran the little guys into the 4 holes, fitted the rubber boot, the leather boot, the console and the retaining ring onto the 4 pins. Used a screwdriver to remove one pin at a time and screwed in the chrome Allen screws I use. Repeated 3 more times and job was done without a single wish for a 3rd and 4th hand or an unauthorized vocabulary use.

No pictures. But I think you can imagine up an image if you need one.

1973 Pale Primrose Roadster. A nice 10-footer!
SUs, Datsun 5-speed

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2013-03-06 08:34 PM by mac townsend.

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mowog1 Gold Member Rick Ingram
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mitchelld996 Mitch BGT
La La Land, California, USA   USA
Hard to imagine what if any difficulty you had with this task, Mac. Are you talking about the four screws in the chrome ring around the gearshift? I've never had a problem and I've had the console out numerous times including re-install after new trans-tunnel carpet. I assume your 73 has the exact same console as my 72.

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herculesmgb1971 gerard boulanger
Hercules, CA, USA   USA
X2, what's so difficult with the console?

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Fairfield, CA, USA   USA
When you have a wad of wires heading to the back of the car routed under the console, stuff doesn't fit as flat as it might otherwise fit. When the shift lever is slightly back of where a B lever might reside, it builds a problem at the rearmost mount for the retaining ring. When a 1/4" diam cable for the electronic speedo needs to get to the instrument under the console, it changes things. When it's my car it ain't gonna fit like your stuff does on your car. I know this is if not a universal issue, at least frequent enough to be worth the posting.

I'm terribly sorry to have wasted your time. You can return to Facebook now....<G>

1973 Pale Primrose Roadster. A nice 10-footer!
SUs, Datsun 5-speed

mitchelld996 Mitch BGT
La La Land, California, USA   USA
Mac - no offense meant! It seems I was not the only one to not fully understand the context of your adversity. I had no idea your 73 was anything but standard in terms of the fitment of the console.

Take a deep breath and write off our comments as nothing more than not knowing the full story.


Mitch D

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RickyBGT Ricky T
Aberdeen, Scotland, UK   GBR
In reply to # 2306389 by mitchelld996

PS - I'm not a facebook user, nor was I on myspace years ago.

Please tell me you didn't have bebo!

dcasko1950 Gold Member Dana Casko
Deerfield, NH, USA   USA
I appreciate your post Mac.
I know that this strategy can be used in more than just this application.
thumbs up

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vem Vic Myers
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Gary E Silver Member Gary Edwards
Kernersville, ,N.C., USA   USA
I use the cut off bolt locator pin trick to install seat runners. Works like a charm.
You can also give them little pointy heads and allow the point to pierce new carpet for hole location.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2013-03-07 10:07 AM by Gary E.

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pinkyponk Gold Member Adrian Page
Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada   CAN
Nice tip... useful for numerous applications.

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Sprite Lou Platinum Member Lou A.
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A good tip indeed Mac! thumbs up

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