Started my console install

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  1. Wagonmaster Russ

    Wagonmaster Russ New Member

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    Started my Riviera console install yesterday, did 95% of the triming to fit. A little more then I'll wire up the lights and power ports and start in on the brackets for the shifter and console,

    Initial fit before triming.
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    After a few hours of triming it is pretty close, it's starting to look like it belongs there!
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    Stormin' Norman Well-Known Member

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    Nice work! :thumbs2: Always tough to add them where they never were.
     
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    Another 'twin stick' automatic transmission.....LOL
    What year Riviera is that console from?
    Looks like it was made for the Caprice as well....
    I know some B body guys have used '98 - '01 Blazer / Jimmy consoles. What are the differences?
     
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    Nice job - looks like it always belonged there...(y)
     
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    It's a '98, I searched for a couple of years until I found a Burgundy one. I picked it because I saw another Caprice that had one and I liked the way it slides up to the dash after it is trimmed. The brakets are pretty easy to fab up, I think the shifter and cable will be my headache. After everything mounted and working, the next step will be to rig up the shift lever on the trans. I will either:
    1. Grind the Camaro lever I have and the stock lever thinner so that I can sandwich them together and use them both at the same time, or
    2. Make use of a strange lever I found on a 9C1 that looks like it will work both ways if I add a ball for the cable.
    Once I have the floor shifter working the tranny, all I have to do is knock the pin out of the column shifter and remove the handle. Then it will rotate from below and I will still have my neutral safety switch.

    The nice thing about the Blazer consoles is that they just lay on the floor with no triming. I would use a camaro cable for the shifter though, the blazer one is about 60 feet long :)
     
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    Nice wagon, It looks like a Hurst car! Do you have a Thunder Stick (is that what they were?)shifter?

     
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    Did some more triming and wiring...., as went along I realized that I had removed some plastic that I didn't need to, I will detail that later for the next person who tries this, everything is fine, it was just extra work I didn't need to do.

    The console now ready for brackets

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    I wired up the lights, cigarette lighter (it will power my touch screen) and the power port.

    Removed the 7mm screws that held the ashtray and junk box

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    the ashtray light will provide power to the console lights, since both are GM, they are even the same color. I will tap into the lighter to power and ground the power port

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    These are not needed, they are for the sissy "cant shift out of park without the brake on" solenoid

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    power to the lights

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    power to the lighter

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    power to the power port!

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    Tonight I will need to cut the Camaro shifter base down
     
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    looks great !!:yahoo:
     
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    Definitely looks like a factory install. Nice job .
     
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    Fine workmanship. (y)
     
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    Looks nice. I've got a solution to your shift cable dilemma, but it involves installing another pedal under the dash.
     
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    Oh..... It has crossed my mind....(My wife would roll her eyes if she saw this post)
     
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    I've been adding a floor-shifter and console in mine since May (and other mods - AC/ PW/ PDL, etc.), and mine hasn't seen any of it. She hates mosquitos that much. I can only imagine what she might roll when she does see the car again.:evilsmile::biglaugh::rofl2::rofl2::rofl2:
     
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    This where I left off last night. I still need the shift cable setup but it's getting there! I wanted to be done before Wagonfest West but no dice.......
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    Looking good. Is that the original steering wheel? Seems like I recall one of my friends had a Lumina with that same wheel. Are you going to do the Bonneville seats or leave as is?
     

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