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C3 Corvette Interior Restoration - Department of the Interior

Project Homewrecker gets its insides out and its outsides in

By Dan Ryder, Photography by Dan Ryder, Thomas J. Lyman

Now that we're all insulated and carpeted up, we'll move to the shifter console, which needed replacing. We first removed the front extensions on both sides. Once the extensions are removed, a hidden screw will be revealed that also needs removal.

Moving to the top, take out the four screws retaining the console shift plate. Unscrew the shifter knob and pull up on the shifter T-handle in order to remove (take caution not to lose the return spring).

Next, remove the vent knobs by unscrewing a small Allen head set screw. Once they are taken out, pull off the shift plate.

We now have access to the heater control head, which, once dispatched, will allow room for the removal of the console.

Before removing the console from the vehicle, it's flipped over and the vent cables are unfastened.

We then proceeded to switch this support bracket from the old console onto the new one.

We installed the new console by reversing our previous steps. The next item to be installed is the rear portion of the console.

As this car does not come with a factory glovebox, we opted for this custom unit from Mid America Motorworks with a built-in armrest and additional storage. We were required to swap the emergency brake handle seal assembly as shown.

Next, the rear quarter trim panels were installed, along with the cross trim that links the two.

By Dan Ryder
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