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Old 23 Jan 2004, 01:55 pm
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I want my floor center console to match my PEWTER colored passenger air bag cover/guages/center console. So, I'm gonna have to have it painted. Besides the 2 screws in the forward cup holder and 2 screws in the back cup holder, and unscrewing the automatic stick lever, what else do I have to move/pry out to get the center console to come out? What happens with the hand brake?
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Old 23 Jan 2004, 02:16 pm
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From PT DIY:

According to the service manual the floor console removal procedure is fairly straightforward, however some owners have reported difficulty with DC's instructions. The instructions below are a combination of owner feedback and the instructions found in the service manual.

1. Place the transmission in "park."
2. Pull up on the parking brake lever as far back as it will go.
3. Recline the driver and passenger side, front seat backs.
4. Remove 4 screws located in the front cup holders and rear corners.
5. Lift console up enough to reach in and unhook window and power outlet wire connectors.

5. Remove shifter handle:

Automatic w/leather shift knob - Using a 3mm hex wrench, loosen the setscrew located on the front side of the factory shift knob below the trigger. Pull the shift knob and shaft cover assembly straight up and off of the shifter.

Manual w/cue ball shift knob - The five-speed knob pulls off without any setscrews. I hear that it takes some effort to pull it off. It is a press fit. Wrap the shaft and bottom of the knob in a towel to protect the finish. Place an open-end wrench under the knob and gently tap up on the underside of the wrench with a hammer until the knob breaks free.

Another method used to remove the shifter knob is to apply heat to the bottom of the knob for a few minutes. Using a hair dryer on high heat, concentrate the flow of hot air, blowing upwards, to the area where the shaft meets the knob. When the knob loosens, slide it upwards and off the shaft.

6. Lift up on the back of the console, slide it back slightly, then upward over the gear selector and parking brake lever. If this doesn't work try turning the floor console slightly, then upward over the gear selector and parking brake lever. (Some owners have reported that the floor console is much easier to remove if you remove the driver's seat.)

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Old 23 Jan 2004, 02:54 pm
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Gad, I can't believe I didn't check PTDIY myself before asking. I send people there all the time [xx(]

Thanks IRPT
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Old 23 Jan 2004, 03:19 pm
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That seems like a lot of work, but they know best should look good.[8D]
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Old 23 Jan 2004, 05:03 pm
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Nobody seems to make anything in PEWTER for the PT. One place did and I got the center console (around the radio and vents) before they went out of business. Now I'm looking to do something with the floor center console to match. My body/paint shop say they can match anything with their multi-million dollar computerized paint shop so I'll give it a try.
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Old 23 Jan 2004, 06:14 pm
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sounds like that will look great!!
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Old 25 Jan 2004, 03:57 pm
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CREWZIN, thought of you when I saw this but I see you have one. If anyone else is looking for the center console pewter which goes around the radio there is one on e-bay now.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33677
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Old 26 Jan 2004, 01:13 am
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If you want to paint it yourself Mopar makes spray cans in Pewter
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Old 26 Jan 2004, 10:25 am
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IRPT,

I've seen that piece for sale, and I don't have it, but not sure if it would match the console surround that I have so I haven't picked it up.

Grouch,

Thanks for the tip, but I have an excellent body/paint shop that have done my flames, bumpers, engine and my new custom 3rd brake light and rather have them do a professional job on anything that need painting.



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Old 03 Feb 2004, 12:53 pm
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Got the floor center console out (what a PITA). It's over at the paint shop now. Ordered a ton of Billet stuff from Moss including all the inserts and new shifter with 8 ball. Pics to come when finished.
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