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GregAmy
post Feb 15 2017, 03:52 PM
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My '74 has the optional center console with the 3-gauge package; I currently have oil temp, pressure, and volts in there. I'm giving thought to removing that console entirely to give myself some more lateral knee room and stop my big feet from catching on the forward edge of the console body. I can relocate my oil temp reading back into the combo gauge, and if I feel the need for volts and pressure (eh) I can move those to the radio blocking plate (no need for radio, too busy enjoying driving!)

I've seen posts where folks have removed the console and liked it. Has anyone here removed the console and regretted it, or not installed it and wish they had? Anything else I'll need to buy except the combo gauge (already have it) and a replacement piece of central hump carpet from Mark (I trimmed mine when I installed it) and a shiny new shift boot?

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post Feb 15 2017, 03:54 PM
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I prefer the short (depth) center console. But I have big feet and the factory center console makes the footwell cramped.
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post Feb 15 2017, 04:09 PM
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I hate the console, I should sell mine it's just gathering dust on a shelf.
I can't drive a 914 with one without taking my shoe off.
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post Feb 15 2017, 04:36 PM
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Since I don't smoke, I simply moved my gauges up to the spot the ashtray took on the dash. However, this wouldn't work with the odd sized factory gauges.Attached Image l
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post Feb 15 2017, 04:47 PM
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QUOTE(GeorgeRud @ Feb 15 2017, 05:36 PM) *

Since I don't smoke, I simply moved my gauges up to the spot the ashtray took on the dash. However, this wouldn't work with the odd sized factory gauges.

That's a nice idea! I wonder if our ashtray/iPhone clip guy could 3D-print something like that to slide in, maybe with the iPhone clip below it? I really like that clip and would hate to lose it.
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post Feb 15 2017, 05:07 PM
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I always wanted a console, put it in the car and hated it. I did get a deposit box that I move in and out as I feel like it - never hard mounted it. It's just a press fit. Came from morph/james but I think 914rubber has them now. It's sturdier than the origional. It's a nice - catch all - on a longer drive.
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post Feb 15 2017, 05:20 PM
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My feet are too big, don't run a console in my six or four 914's
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post Feb 15 2017, 05:48 PM
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I jettisoned the center console almost immediately. It left no room for proper heel/toe.

I had one of those ashtray two gauge brackets for a while which was made by Rennemetal but it appears that their site is down. I may still have the bracket somewhere. Drop me a PM if you'd like me to look for it.

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post Feb 15 2017, 06:10 PM
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Always had a center console in my 914s, i just got used to the knee, foot discomfort.

My vote is leave it in, makes the interior look complete.
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post Feb 15 2017, 06:52 PM
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It's an expensive solution (~$500), but the carbon fiber console by Composite Dimensions is much sturdier and does not extend all the way to the front firewall, leaving room for your right foot.

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post Feb 15 2017, 07:25 PM
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I don't like the console at all. It seems sportier and bigger with it gone, more like my 356.

Just my preference, I'll never have one again.
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post Feb 15 2017, 07:39 PM
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QUOTE(Coondog @ Feb 15 2017, 05:10 PM) *

Always had a center console in my 914s, i just got used to the knee, foot discomfort.

My vote is leave it in, makes the interior look complete.


Add me to the list of those who prefer it. I like the original layout.
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post Feb 15 2017, 07:47 PM
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In my 1970 I pulled out the deposit box because I am using the center seat belt for the third passenger. I think it makes the cab feel spacious without the box however extra gauges are always a plus. Tough decision for sure.
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post Feb 15 2017, 07:53 PM
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When I bought my car, it had no console. I wanted to get one for a couple reasons, mostly to carry the multitude of gauges that it has as of now (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif)

Factory clock, oil pressure, oil temp, head temp, AFR. While it's nice to have all that info, I never liked how my fat foot would get caught when getting off throttle. So, I removed the console, and narrowed the back piece to provide more room. While this helped, it wasn't perfect.

I do like having the factory clock with them analog hands goin' round and round, so I'd like to keep that, especially since it keeps perfect time. But with a new carpet set coming from Mark, I'm leaning toward leaving the console out. I'll have to find a place for the clock, and figger out which I'd like to keep, and where to put them. The A pillar option, while a bit ricey, is a strong possibility. So's a triple mount that hangs under the lower dash. Maybe I can find a chrony mount like some 911's have for the clock. Who knows.

Yeah, they look nice, but I might ditch mine. Hope my response doesn't leave you more indecisive... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)
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post Feb 15 2017, 09:25 PM
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I removed the factory console as my foot would get jammed. Replaced it with a 'shorty' with a cup holder and a cubby. Hides the shifter base and continues the storage bin theme.
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post Feb 15 2017, 09:28 PM
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I prefer mine and my big foot never gets caught.
Guess I'm just used to it.
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post Feb 15 2017, 09:32 PM
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Im a big console fan
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post Feb 15 2017, 10:33 PM
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Big fan of the console...am looking to buy one at this moment, actually! (as soon as I get my brakes figured out) I anyone is looking to get rid of one, I'd be interested.
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post Feb 15 2017, 10:49 PM
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Pulled mine out and added a quad gauge to the gauge cluster. Think the car looks cleaner, more sporting and got rid of useless weight. YMMV.
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post Feb 16 2017, 05:08 AM
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No center console in either of my cars. I'd like to add one to the 71' if anyone has one for sale it can collect dust in my garage. I like the look of the console.
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