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WTB center console lens 1969 Riviera

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I need  center console lens for my 69 Riviera with bucket seats . The plastic  lens is rectangle and about 2x 3 inches and fits at the very back of the console. Have looked everywhere - no luck so far. Any help would be greatly appreciated . Thank you.

KReed

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In the 40 years I've owned my '69, I have never seen this item offered, new or used. So, I made my own from an old lighting fixture 

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Thanks for the reply- mine is still intact but literally crumbling away . Every time I get in the car , there are few more " crumbs " in the back floorboard ! Just waiting for it to fall apart ..... I suspect I Will have to try  the same thing you did and make one . 

KReed

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8 hours ago, kreed said:

mine is still intact but literally crumbling away

Can you provide a picture for those of us who are not as familiar with this issue as others? 

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The lens is ribbed and I don’t believe it was used on any other GM car other than the 69 and 70 Riviera.  Certainly not an easy part to find.  Reproductions are not being made.  

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16 hours ago, kreed said:

Thanks for the reply- mine is still intact but literally crumbling away . Every time I get in the car , there are few more " crumbs " in the back floorboard ! Just waiting for it to fall apart ..... I suspect I Will have to try  the same thing you did and make one . 

KReed

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The suspended ceiling panels have slight flexibility.

Not ribbed but the frosted white has a smooth side to expose in the cabin.  You'll have plenty with one piece in case the first cut goes awry.

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That truly is a piece of unobtainium you are looking for. When I decided I was doing the center console and bucket thing to my '70, I must have chased down at least 14 or 15 of these consoles. Even when the consoles looked to be in decent usable condition, that lens was always missing, broken or even warped like it had started to melt. So project buckets with shorty console was initiated instead. I wish you luck in finding one and will keep an eye out for ya. If you end up making one, I look forward to the details and progress! Good luck!

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Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I will grab a picture and post it . Will try and make one and let you know how it turns out. Thanks 

KReed

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. . . ' unobtainium'  as Pat, and others have stated, common to '69-'70 Riviera only !

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Made mine from an ice-cream container (pecan caramel) after a long and unsuccessful search. I attached some pictures of the process (cleaned up the frame after the pictured test fit).

Looking forward to seeing your solution.

 

BTW - can anyone provide a picture of the original lens?

 

Regards,

Alexander

 

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42 minutes ago, mannemerjung said:

Made mine from an ice-cream container

Excellent work. I especially like the little frame you made. Did you go down the back side of the console also or did you only go with a top lens?

 

BTW, your interior color looks the same as my 1969 Chev Caprice, medium green or is your interior gold? Hard to tell.

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13 hours ago, NCRiviera said:

Can we see how it turned out?

I must have a thousand pictures of that car but none apparently showing the rear console lens. I'll be sure to take one next time I'm down in Florida again

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22 hours ago, NCRiviera said:

Excellent work. I especially like the little frame you made. Did you go down the back side of the console also or did you only go with a top lens?

 

BTW, your interior color looks the same as my 1969 Chev Caprice, medium green or is your interior gold? Hard to tell.

I re-used the partly burnt out old lens as a frame for the new one, the lower part was still in good shape, so I re-did the top lens and kept the lower part.

 

The interior color is antique-gold. I am still in the restoration process, hence only some pictures from the upholstery-shop (original vinyl from sms autofabrics).

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Here is a photo of the lens cover in question... I need one of these too for my '70!

 

This photo was taken at the ROA meet in Lexington and it's from the interior of Pat Curran's unrestored '69.  Sadly, the car has left the U.S. and is now overseas.

 

If someone were willing to let us borrow an original, they could be reproduced.  

 

I would love love to find one also to complete my car...

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21 hours ago, Rivdrivn said:

I must have a thousand pictures of that car but none apparently showing the rear console lens. I'll be sure to take one next time I'm down in Florida again

I'll get the key under the door mat, Steve.

 

And I'll take her for a spin here in Fla B)

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. . . still looking BadgerRiv Fan - they are almost 'unobtanium' - a very scarce item ! :)

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