Over the weekend I pulled out the center console in my 1978 spider to replace the shift boot. I discovered a laundry list of reckless, lazy, cheap crap has been done on this poor center console by a previous owner. This thread serves as a central place for what I'm looking at, what I'm doing, and of course, a lot of requests for advice as I'm hopeless on this alone. I believe many of you folks out there would simply recommend I buy a replacement center console
Before I rip into this I should mention the PO did an EXCELLENT job maintaining the vehicle, and everything he touched is in great shape. However, he bought it on eBay from some lazy half-wit who "restored" the car by RECKLESSLY GLUING and RIVETING everything together before making a quick buck selling the car. Having owned several early 70s spiders and having completely restored a few center consoles (with all the correct parts in place already, I can't take credit for any trim work), I am left speechless at what I'm looking at here and just how bad it is.
Here for the sake of organization are the goals for the refresh:
(1) Drill out rivets and remove shift boot retaining ring
(2) Clean up retaining ring as best as possible and install new shift boot
(3) Repair electrical harness connector
(4) Replace piece of scrap sheet metal being used to hold console to car
(5) Repair trim if possible
(6) Repair warning light retaining clip
I attached some pictures of what I found when I pulled the center console out. I'll be adding additional information today as I cool off from my weekend discovery and collect my thoughts. I'm having a lot of "how do I even fix this" moments which brought me here of course.