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Old 06-05-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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Thinking about changing seats in my 56 210. I have black leather seats from a Saab 9-5.
And I wonder if there are custom made ​​center consoles to my 56 you can buy. Or does anyone have any ideas about which cars has a console that fits with only minor adjustments.
Thinking of a console that runs between the seats and suits against the original dashboard. under the glove compartment.

nice if you have pictures of what you suggest

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Pingo there are a lot of members that have made their own. They have used metal. fiber glass and wood. I have a experience with wood, so that is what I used.
There are consoles you can purchase but they are very plain. If you have skills in any of the materials mentioned, give it an attempt.
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Thanks Jim. i want one with cup holders, room for 4 gauges and an armrest. so perhaps to make one myself is not so bad idea..have looked at old threads on this forum, and have got some ideas. thanks again and I must add that you have a very beautiful car
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My son in law made mine....started with a pen and cardboard, ended up with plywood & fiberglass.
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Pingo, get some cardboard and a untility knife and build yourself a mockup of what you want. Once you are satisfied with the mockup, then build your console out of the material of choice. With cardboard you can make lots of cheap mistakes or changes.
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Pingo,

I have buckets in mine too and I've been struggling with what consoles will fit and what looks good in a trifive. I haven't seen any decent aftermarket ones other than a few big square bulky looking things that look like they belong in a 76 GMC Jimmy? I did see a few nice ones that are custom built by a shop called The Recovery Room but I'm not sure what they charge or how long it takes them to make them. I tried calling there twice and each time the owner was out and nobody else could help me. I think the owners name is Tracey.

Foose makes a basic console but it's styled more after a 1st gen Camaro and doubt they'd look good in a trifive. To me, it's gotta flow from the dash and have some contour to it as a trifive dash has contour and style. If you transition to a square and boxy look it doesn't blend with the round dash line. The 2003 and newer Pontiac Grand Prix consoles don't look bad in these cars and can be modified to fit the dash rather easily but then it depends on how they match your seats. Even the 97-98 Pontiac consoles are a pretty good fit. To me, the best retrofit I've so far are the 69-72 Olds Cutlass Consoles which have a nice style to them but again, with the right seats.

It's a matter of opinion as to what looks great, but sad to say there aren't a whole lot of aftermarket products to fit our cars because they didn't come factory with consoles. I have seen some nice customs but they had a ton of sheet metal work done to make them look like they belonged in a trifive. I'm still deciding between custom and a retro console from the sixties.

Try ebay and search consoles.

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I built mine out of wood. If you want one to mate to the curve of the dash you will probably have to build your own. Here is mine.
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There's a shop in the Los Angeles area by the name of D&P Classic Chevy (you can Google them). They used to (still may) offer pre-fab Tri-Five consoles. Good luck.

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Pingo here is where I got mine, mine id the 57 one in their add. I'm very happy with it, other than I wish it was longer, but by adding the cup holders in the end it worked out the right length.

You can see more of it in the video under my signature.

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