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Building My Center Console

Been doing a little work this winter making the roadster a little more user friendly. I began making a console cover for the trans tunnel.

I began with a piece of 1/4" luan and cut it with 1/4" over hang on both sides. I then cut out the holes for the shifter and the parking brake handle (I did the tunnel top brake handle mod). I then glued two pieces of 1" angle aluminum along the bottom left and right edges.



I covered it with two layers of 1/16" closed cell foam normally used for laminate flooring and then wrapped in black marine vinyl. I made templates, cut out, and sewn boots for the shifter and the parking brake handle. I cut out a trim plate for the shifter and brake out of 3/32" aluminum that I had laying around. I added two stainless cup holders I found on Amazon.com.




It fits snugly over the top of the tunnel and the angle aluminum wraps around the top and covers the top edge of the carpeted sides.


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I have built an arm rest/storage box, but I am still not in love with how it turned out. I have not permanently mounted it yet. I still may make another to see if it works out better.




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nice work. The armrest is a different look than normal but I think it is pretty cool. Would love the additional storage.
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Looks great. Was not familar with Luan. Do you need to fasten it down? Will the wind blow it off the trans tunnel?

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Luan is 1/4" plywood used as underlayment for vinyl flooring. I have 3 velcro strips underneath it but it tucks in under the carpet along the back of the tunnel and stays put by itself. I was looking for something to use as a cover that would not increase the height of the tunnel too much. I had a few pieces of luan laying around, so that was what I used. I had carpeted the sides of the tunnel but I left the top bare aluminum. I was originally going to just wrap that aluminum piece in vinyl but then I was not sure how I was going to trim out the top edge of the carpet. So I made the top wood cover and then bonded two angle aluminum pieces to the bottom to make two sturdy edge wraps. Then when I covered it all in vinyl. Now the angle wraps around the edges and trims out the top of the carpet.
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Nice Job JJ, I like the integrated ebrake and shifter bezels. If you were worried about it going anywhere, you could always run 4 black headed screws through your aluminum angle into the trans tunnel aluminum. Looks great anyhow, well done.

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Nice work. What did you use to glue the aluminum to the luan?

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I like the cover but not really digging the box on top.

Kinda looks like a cash box that the PTA uses to put your money in at the bake sale.

Something with rounded contours would look nicer.


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CraigS, I used Dap Weldwood contact cement on the aluminum rails and to hold down the edges of the vinyl covering.

Dan, like I said I am not really in love with it either. I do not have it mounted yet so I am not committed to it either. I may have to attempt a more rounded one next time.

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JJ, That's a nice Idea, I have been thinking about something like that. Mixed feelings about the cup holders tho, I was thinking a flap to hide them when not in use would help folks not think your Cobra is a SUV.

I do like the leather like vinyl over the console though, I think that a nicer look than the carpeting.


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Yeh, I probably will never use them for cups, but they are darn handy to hold your cell phone and garage door opener when you do not have a glove box.

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