central console reconstruction

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  1. deQuincey

    deQuincey Well-Known Member

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    these cars are so easy to fix, simple materials, Wood, metal, leather,...

    got this central gear shift console from ebay

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    just remove nails, and peel off the covering

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    the problem is that bits from the Wood came off too, a pity, wood was partially dissintegrating, so i ahd some of the shapes with really big dents, a challenge, cos if you do not redefine the shapes the upper leather layer will show all the imperfections

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    so i had to redo the Wood, using wood mastick in excess and then a file and sand paper to redefine all tiny details

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    it has been a long time, recovering all the bits, including chroming, anodizing,...i chromed the steel supports and the all round plate that fix the gearshift boot, i reanodized the upper aluminium trim plates, extremely delicate pieces, if you break a support, you must find another one,...

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    leather and a new plastic zip almost the same as original

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    do not forget the supports

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    add a new decal

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    ready
     
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    Beautiful work, as usual.
     
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    very nice DeQ, as usual.
     
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    Excellent job. How did you get the material/vinyl to follow the contours of the wood frame so very well ? I see no bunching or folds as I would expect if I had attempted such a job.

    Really very nice.
     
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    material is leather of the best quality, thus pretty thick, i used impact glue, is impossible to take pictures of the process or the work will be ruined

    using a nylon and small wood sticks to define shapes and sharp contours
     
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    Your work looks better than 9/10 restoration shops I know of in New England.
    Imagine what this would cost if you paid $75/hour! Great work and a great inspiration to us shade tree folk.
     
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    a rough estimate, i would say...

    100 euro the console core w/shipping
    1/2 hour to dissasemble
    2 hours to repair the wood
    1/2 hour to cut the leather and sew the boot
    1/2 hour to sand finish the aluminium trims
    30 eur to chrome/ anodize the metal parts
    5 eur the decal
    1,5 hours to glue the leather
    1 hour to finish assemble

    135 euro plus 6 hours @60 eur (360) = 495 eur

    no, i can not pay such a big ammount of money i prefer to make it by myself
     
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    extremely nice work deQ! this is the way that BMW should have done it originally. thank you for chronicling this process. we all have something to live up to.

    i have been looking into the same thing - doing research with finding the right black leather - that is thin enough and the right color / finish (sheen / texture). these things vary greatly.
     
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    Can I send you my center console and a check for 495euro?

    John
     
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    Did you do the anodizing of the aluminum parts yourself or pay someone to do it for you?
     
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    i have them anodized in a industrial profi shop, but i cleaned and smooth the surface first
     
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    Can you make me one? I messed up mine when I asked a friend to help me do the auto to manual cutout. No decal please, the rest is perfect.
     
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    i cant "make" one from scratch, i need a core, but otherwise is doable
     
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    Very well done DQ.
    Did you ever restore console side panels as well, I'm really curious how to...
     
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    Yes, that's the one
    Thanks DQ
     
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    Yes, that's the one
    Thanks DQ
     
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    nice work - very well done.
     
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    wiper speed switch

    I'm wondering how the wiper speed switch is removed?

    I'm tempted to pry it out, but I'm also thinking the round plate (disk) will spin off, but I see no evidence of threads

    Option 3 may be to give the shaft a whack but that seems too simplistic.

    Do you remember how to get it out??

    Thanks in advance
     

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