Okay, so I am in the process of disassembling my entire dash so that I can pull my shifter out and install Rodney's Getrag shifter rebuild kit. Numerous curse words and broken Christmas tree clips later, and I feel like I am no closer to getting it out. I've got the radio out, top gauge cluster off, window switches undone, shifter boot and ashtray stack out, etc. Before I break my entire center console skeleton trudging forward, I figured I would consult the gurus.
First, does the entire skeleton actually need pulled out? There are no shortcuts??
Second, if the entire skeleton needs to come out, how the heck do I get the HVAC controls out? I unplugged the large connector, but the smaller one on the right side and the slider controls are still stuck.
Third, are there replacement Christmas tree clips out there? 2/3 have bit the dust so far, and I expect the fate of the others is not good.
Skeleton must come off if you want to avoid damaging it to get shifter out, simply no room. I have done this on both of my GT’s, RD’s kit is fantastic!! Those X-mas tree clips you refer to are available at most part stores, no biggie there. And the heater controls I can’t remember, I’m old, others will chime in and help..
Well all - I got it. Thanks for the input. That was quite the ordeal, and I am hoping to put together a write up at some point to document how to do it and the tips and tricks to help others in the future. Biggest sticking points were the hard to access clip for the AC controls connector in the rear, and not realizing I had to remove that bronze colored cross piece that is towards the front because something at the bottom of the skeleton was interfering with pulling it out.