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Loosen the screws that hold the console & gauge panel and refit the part of the dash that hangs down, so as to have the console slide underneath the gauge panel edge. The consule might need pushing forward a bit. Then retighten the screws. Someone was digging around under there and got sloppy in putting things back. Note the gauge panel thumbscrews are different lengths. Yours is a '71; on my '72 L, the upper left thumbscrew was the shortest.
I can't move the console forward without mis-aligning the screws that hold the shifter plate (unless I'm missing something).
It didn't occur to me to move the center section (where the gauges are) - I'll look into that.
I'm afraid I don't follow you regarding the gauge panel thumbscrews. Mine's a '73 and has flat countersunk phillips.
I have an email into these guys regarding re-covering the center console:
Will let you all know what I find out.
Sorry- saw D Dotson's early powertrain hanging and got it mixed up with yours. The late console in your photo should have tipped me off. Earlier cars used chromed thumbscrews identical to the one used for securing the later fuse box door.
Got it. Yeah, I like those. As often as I'm in there it might be a good idea.
Thumb screw/Phillips thread pitch is M5 x .80
hopefully previous owners haven’t substituted threaded wood screws for the proper machine screws and messed up the female threads for attachment
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To answer your original question about recovering... I did this to my car because I didn't like that the console and dash didn't match and looked like a cheaper material than the doors and bulkhead. You can see that the fit is perfect now too. Just Dashes is down the street from me and then do good work, but they are expensive. I used an independent upholsterer and it was waaaay less for what that's worth.