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I want to replace the aluminum inserts on the top of my automatic console and wanted to find out if this kit (available from Groundup, OPG, etc) includes the aluminum around the "dial/shift indicator".

Has anyone replaced these on thier 68-72 auto console and did it include this piece? The parts catalogs don't specify and I don't trust the order takers to answer this question.......no offense to the order takers.

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I replaced mine about 5 years ago with the one from OPG, and it did include the complete piece. Just be very careful with the contact cement. Line the piece up carefully before you press it into place. Also, be sure the area onto which the trim will be glued is very clean. Use lacquer thinner to clean the mounting area.

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IMO,I think the kit is terrible in quality.I bought one for my SS454,and was not happy.I ended up sanding the originals with 400 grit paper,and shot 'em with Krylon dull aluminum laquer paint.Worked mint,and sure looked better than the kit.After wiping the back down with thinner,I re-installed them with some 3M weathstrip adhesive.I did it about a year ago,and it looks as good as the day I did it.

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I just did my '69 and the kit quality was not good. But it was better than the dented one I had, so its in there. I figured that later I could take paper or steel wool and put the correct texture on it. The new one looks like someone took a swipe at it with 80 grit.

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Thanks for the input. The one currently in the car has some scratches and dents so I think I'll try the repro. It's probably better than what I have now. I have tried the 400 grit wet sandpaper trick on brushed aluminum before (on a sport wheel) with very good results.

Thanks again!
 
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