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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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I'm building a console

I'm no carpenter. I'm much more comfortable with a wrench in my hand than a saw, but for various reasons I decided that I needed a custom console. After looking around at consoles made by TMI and MTF and seeing how expensive even an unmodified unit is, I decided to try making one myself.

I had no idea about how to go about it, so I figured that I'd start by mocking one up out of some cardboard.

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Iím looking forward to seeing this progress! I have been considering doing the same. I love the MTF console, but cost is a bit high for me.


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After getting the mock up done it was time to shop. I got some nice 1/2" plywood from Lowe's. Its not taken quite a half a sheet. Then it was time to start measuring, cutting, fitting, cussing, trying to remember long forgotten geometry lessons, and a bit more cussing.

The rats nest of wire you see is the excess wire for the transmission controller. I had decided to integrate the controller into the console and I've since shortened the wires up to the length they need to be.
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Iím looking forward to seeing this progress! I have been considering doing the same. I love the MTF console, but cost is a bit high for me.


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At this point I've got about $50 into it. I plan to have it upholstered, so I know the end cost will go up.
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A bit more progress over the weekend. I still need to get a couple of new a/c vents to put in above the controller and I need to find some cup holder inserts that are big enough to hold a pop bottle and find someone in the area that does custom upholstery.
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It looks really good. I'd guess you're looking at a couple hundred bucks to get it upholstered to the same quality as the rest of your interior. My car has a factory console, which I like the look of, but I'd really like cup holders.
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Got my new a/c vents, cup holders, and shift boot today. Its beginning to look like it belongs in the car, at least I think so. I guess the next step is to find an upholstery shop and buy some vinyl.
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If you can't find an upholstery shop nearby, go to a car interiors shop or someplace where you can find material. For your car, I would say doing a white on red console to match the red and white theme you have going on. Red for primary, white for the small trim and stuff. I may be able to help you with some other question if you have any.

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I am also building a custom console for my 69 Coupe, & I did the same thing by mocking it up with cardboard first to see if I would like it.

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This is looking great! Keep us posted on progress. I love this kind of project because it's pretty do-able for most hobbyists and everybody adds their own unique details to it.
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If you can't find an upholstery shop nearby, go to a car interiors shop or someplace where you can find material. For your car, I would say doing a white on red console to match the red and white theme you have going on. Red for primary, white for the small trim and stuff. I may be able to help you with some other question if you have any.
I intend to have the center section, from the dash to the cup holder panel, be white and the rest red. I'm just not sure if I want that section upholstered or if I want to bend some aluminum to fit that section and paint it white.

The seat upholstery is TMI and I see they sell the vinyl by the yard. I also see that NPD stocks TMI vinyl. That should get me the same color and grain as the seats.
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This is looking great! Keep us posted on progress. I love this kind of project because it's pretty do-able for most hobbyists and everybody adds their own unique details to it.
Thanks Blake, and yes its pretty do-able even with basic tools. I've used a circular saw, 3/8 drill, sabre saw, and a cheap hand mitre saw on a portable bench made of two sawhorses and an old door. Believe me, if I can do this, then pretty much anyone can.
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After getting the mock up done it was time to shop. I got some nice 1/2" plywood from Lowe's. Its not taken quite a half a sheet. Then it was time to start measuring, cutting, fitting, cussing, trying to remember long forgotten geometry lessons, and a bit more cussing.

The rats nest of wire you see is the excess wire for the transmission controller. I had decided to integrate the controller into the console and I've since shortened the wires up to the length they need to be.
This looks great so far. Want to build me one! Ha.
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Doing that with a 3D printer would be bad-***.
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Thanks for sharing your progress on this. My trans tunnel will be modified with a Lokar shifter, so I need a custom console in mine. I like seeing the process you have gone through going from cardboard to wood. I will be watching your progress and likely following in your footsteps.

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