79-86 Center Console Restoration
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Part 4: Crazy Coin Tray
I could have gotten a complete reproduction coin tray for about $35. But I wanted to save a few bucks and show how you can just fix up your old one.
The coin tray had three problems. Two were fixable. The third was not.
First Problem: That red paint. Below is the coin tray after it has been cleaned and we've brass brushed it to take the loose paint off. The red paint stuck pretty darn well. I mostly roughed it up for the most part. And we proceeded to paint it with Duplicolor Adhesion Promotor and SEM Charcoal Bumper Coater. Easy Enough.
looking SPIFFY! But it brings us to the second problem.
Second Problem: The missing emergency brake lever seal. I sourced a reproduction of one of these from Ebay. It was about $16 shipped. Normally it just pops on some tabs on the back. These break off and this is why the seals are missing. Once again GOOP came to the rescue!
Just slather it on the back side of the coin tray. Try to keep it back from the inner edges so it doesn't ooze out into the visible area. Hold it on there for a bit and when it gets tacky, you can just let it set overnight and you're done.
Please note: The e-brake seal is NOT symmetrical. The Coin Tray is NOT symmetrical. Look at the top of the coin tray where the split in the seal is. The split is not in the center. Just make sure you get the right orientation before glueing.
Problem 3: The problem that can't be fixed is that the two small tabs on the bottom where the tray bends were busted off. They push down into some friction fasteners in the console hull.
The front tabs were fine. When installed with the screws at the top and the front tabs in place, the coin tray doesn't move or have any problems. So IMHO it's not worth worrying about.
$16 and a bit of paint and you can save some green.
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