Center Console Construction

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After the audio system completion, I have looked around the interior and realized that What is now letting the car down is the center console. I want something custom, with a few gauges and custom built for the radio, but also not too wild. I want it to look factory, period correct (as correct as can be with a cd player), and not stand out too much so not flashy. I have seen some that were very custom looking and seen some that looked very home made. I want clean. Stock looking and functional. I am going to also attempt to make it seamless with no visible screws. So my inspiration is this:

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So I have stripped the vinyl off the old console and started to rebuild it. 20140715-093932-34772530.jpg

 

Then I began to mock up the new face once I attached the shifter surround.

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I ordered an e36 BMW clock and cubby hole that fits in a standard DIN opening. This will go in my new face and provide 2 things; 1. a nice analog clock and 2. a nice place to put my phone which is usually the where all my music comes from. This was from an eBay auction from Germany.

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My first task will be to mock up the face, put the dimensions into a CAD type program and design the face. Then print it out for a template. Here is my progress so far. My real issue is that I have far too many ideas and zero experience with this sort of work, but its a learning process!

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