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FED X and UPS are both about the same.

They both have good and bad points.

A lot probably depends on the driver - we all saw FED X deliver the TV over the fence.

 

Got to agree with Don, in shipping both Fed X and UPS use the same procedures but it all boils down to the quality of the people they hire in following the those procedures. UPS tends to pay much more to those who deliver the packages, UPS is also more selective in those they hire with the exception of pilots.

 

 

http://blogs.payscale.com/content/2011/07/ups-jobs.html

Jim

 

M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear

 

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FED X and UPS are both about the same.

They both have good and bad points.

A lot probably depends on the driver - we all saw FED X deliver the TV over the fence.

 

Don I got the grille and front spoiler. They both look great. Thanks

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FED X and UPS are both about the same.

They both have good and bad points.

A lot probably depends on the driver - we all saw FED X deliver the TV over the fence.

 

Don I got the grille and front spoiler. They both look great. Thanks

 

Thank you

Don

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So I purchased a center console on eBay and the guy did a crappy job packaging it. I got it today to find it severely damaged. He offered a full refund or would work a deal with me. Looking for everyone's thoughts. These things are so hard to find, it pains me to junk it.

 

If it wasn't a good deal, he reimburses you, sound like the best because in like Columbus, OH has a spring swap like toward Hershey, PA they are still around and then again, OHio Mustang may have one back in salvage in good shape They specialize in housing 71-71 mustangs on their grounds. Can't think of place around Blue Ridge Mountain, VA has a lot of components for 71-73 but upon finding one, will ask for a money order, no check or credit of which he will want in advance. I myself would take some wood cement use it w/braces then repaint. Something you might be aware as a preventative matter the clock. Draws a lot of power, Hemmings motor news has classified of people who convert them to quartz, ie tachometer revisions, fixing old radios.....

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That is the chrome plating peeling off

 

You can keep peeling it and paint it black but they don't look the best without the chrome trim

 

See this, OHHH shinny chrome :)

Don

Item #71CP-BLK

71-73 CONSOLE PLATE, BLACK

Premium quality console bezel that houses clock and surrounds shifter. Automatic or manual. Made in the USA. Fits Mustangs and Cougars. Price: $149.95

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Thanks Don. Don't you think I've been giving you enough on my money ;p. kidding....

 

Actually I had to re-texture a vast majority of the console after some major repair. This was one of the few parts that did not have major cracks or breaks. I will most likely have to retexture this to match. Trying to salvage as much as possible.

 

I want to clean this up before I beginning the texture process.

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Here are some update pictures. The first time I painted, I could still see my repair lines. I sanded more aggressively and retextured. I am pleased and will post more pictures when I finish. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1367069193.942365.jpg.edb98d2378b9a18d6d70dce5612a0ec9.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1367069208.803545.jpg.e3bee359801a01b0bbb503abaeb8d8e8.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1367069241.368801.jpg.ce3036cb597a6878081e13d2236f4276.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1367069256.462470.jpg.2fbe4d1586081dac9c6b89ba3f901555.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1367069272.203410.jpg.de61679502118bef302f528ba03205cb.jpg

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i have one concern, it is kind of a big one....

 

i had a wrecked console myself and did a repair similar though not as extensive. I used a similar model plastic cement since the console is ABS plastic like for models.

 

the problem was over time with pressure on the arm rest the plastic split on the repair. now you can sand the back side and i would recommend a plastic sheet reinforcement on each joint. you can also melt the re-enforcement into the console with a soldering iron. anything to give the repair joint extra support.. I don't want you to finish the repair and then a few months from now a passenger gets out of the car, pushes on the console and the thing breaks on you(which is what happened to me). when mine broke the second time it split completely and i gave up and i got a replacement console that was 99% in one piece. by then all the reproduction stuff had come out and was able to replace the clock area, the lid and the ashtray, i also salvaged all the good stuff off mine and reused it and added a ashtray light as well.

 

 

Ah i just noticed in the last photos you used fiberglass reinforcement fabric. crossing fingers :D!

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i have one concern, it is kind of a big one....

 

i had a wrecked console myself and did a repair similar though not as extensive. I used a similar model plastic cement since the console is ABS plastic like for models.

 

the problem was over time with pressure on the arm rest the plastic split on the repair. now you can sand the back side and i would recommend a plastic sheet reinforcement on each joint. you can also melt the re-enforcement into the console with a soldering iron. anything to give the repair joint extra support.. I don't want you to finish the repair and then a few months from now a passenger gets out of the car, pushes on the console and the thing breaks on you(which is what happened to me). when mine broke the second time it split completely and i gave up and i got a replacement console that was 99% in one piece. by then all the reproduction stuff had come out and was able to replace the clock area, the lid and the ashtray, i also salvaged all the good stuff off mine and reused it and added a ashtray light as well.

 

 

Ah i just noticed in the last photos you used fiberglass reinforcement fabric. crossing fingers :D!

 

I used the method that Q (Scott) used in his videos. The only change I made was to the texturing process (also suggested by him). I used a stone creations product to texture the outside and then painted the whole thing black. Using the fiber matt, I really put the glue on thick and continued for several inches outside of the cracked or brocken areas.

 

I also placed some filler on the ourside of the cracks to smooth out the finish. Speaking of filler... One whole corner was brocken in the rear of the console. I used a laser tonor cartridge cover which is oval shaped to act as back support and then I built the filler around it. I am pretty proud of how well it turned out, as you can not tell that I built that area unless you flipp it over.

 

Now if it does break further down the road, then I will mark it up to having tried and find a better one out there somewhere.

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i have one concern, it is kind of a big one....

 

i had a wrecked console myself and did a repair similar though not as extensive. I used a similar model plastic cement since the console is ABS plastic like for models.

 

the problem was over time with pressure on the arm rest the plastic split on the repair. now you can sand the back side and i would recommend a plastic sheet reinforcement on each joint. you can also melt the re-enforcement into the console with a soldering iron. anything to give the repair joint extra support.. I don't want you to finish the repair and then a few months from now a passenger gets out of the car, pushes on the console and the thing breaks on you(which is what happened to me). when mine broke the second time it split completely and i gave up and i got a replacement console that was 99% in one piece. by then all the reproduction stuff had come out and was able to replace the clock area, the lid and the ashtray, i also salvaged all the good stuff off mine and reused it and added a ashtray light as well.

 

 

Ah i just noticed in the last photos you used fiberglass reinforcement fabric. crossing fingers :D!

 

H you should not let her sit on the console to be next to you :angel:

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i have one concern, it is kind of a big one....

 

i had a wrecked console myself and did a repair similar though not as extensive. I used a similar model plastic cement since the console is ABS plastic like for models.

 

the problem was over time with pressure on the arm rest the plastic split on the repair. now you can sand the back side and i would recommend a plastic sheet reinforcement on each joint. you can also melt the re-enforcement into the console with a soldering iron. anything to give the repair joint extra support.. I don't want you to finish the repair and then a few months from now a passenger gets out of the car, pushes on the console and the thing breaks on you(which is what happened to me). when mine broke the second time it split completely and i gave up and i got a replacement console that was 99% in one piece. by then all the reproduction stuff had come out and was able to replace the clock area, the lid and the ashtray, i also salvaged all the good stuff off mine and reused it and added a ashtray light as well.

 

 

Ah i just noticed in the last photos you used fiberglass reinforcement fabric. crossing fingers :D!

 

H you should not let her sit on the console to be next to you :angel:

 

If we did not have virgin seats, then it would not be necessary to have her sit on the console. :P

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So I purchased a center console on eBay and the guy did a crappy job packaging it. I got it today to find it severely damaged. He offered a full refund or would work a deal with me. Looking for everyone's thoughts. These things are so hard to find, it pains me to junk it.

 

Well... I did mine last year and the starting point was like yours.

The plastic gets really vulnerable during the decades and cracks easily,

I reinforced the plastic inside with glass fiber mat and tried to level the surface plastics as evenly as possible. This is a must if you want to have good looks of the original surface that has the leather like surface. After that needs painting with a proper plastics paint with sufficient flexibility that does not crack easily.

I had another challenge myself as well- namely - my whole interior was spayed in the past with a special paint to create a rough surface ( I do wonder why !) and I had to rub it away with the edge of a knife which after many other tries worked out best leaving the original surface nearly untouched.

After painting you could not tell if it were original or not.

I try to attach photos later

 

Another possibility could be to just repair the damage structurally and cover the whole thing with leather like vinyl. It is challenging as well as there are curved surfaces - just an idea that came to me...

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Repairs finished. I am very happy with the way it turned out. I am having the clock tested and adjusted before putting it back in. My wife put the chrome striping on, using chrome pin striping tape. It turned out very nice and you have to get pretty close (inches) to tell that it is not original. Now to move on to a new project.

 

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Thanks guys. I had fun working on this project. I had the attitude, "what do I have to loose, it is pretty FUBAR'd" so I could not make it worse. I am pretty proud in how it turned out.

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