Re: Removing top part of center console on a 99
I'm in the same boat...I found a set of seats for my ol 55 from a 99 Ranger. The top of the console is shot....I read here that there are 3 screws inside the lid, down by the hinge. This is a c/p from Kawa that I found to be helpful.
When tearing into the unit for the first time, admittedly it's kinda scary but if it's taken slow it really goes smooth. I did this with the console still in the vehicle. A stubby Phillips screw driver is needed.
Start with pulling up the felt in the bottom, there you will find four (4) screws. Remove the screws but don't try to lift the bottom bucket out just yet.
On the lid, remove or just pull back the four (4) corners of the felt exposing four (4) screws. Remove the screws & this portion of the inner lid. Now the bottom bucket can be removed. Remove the three (3) screws holding the hinge to the console and remove the lid.
The fabric will probably be attached with a zillion staples. These staples, in my opinion added to the weakening of the plastic portion of the lid that often breaks when we lean on the console. I chose to use a razor blade and cut the fabric free leaving the staples in place.
Once free the molded foam will come free as well. I acquired a piece of aluminum cut/filed to fit inside the foam. I had some cracks in my lid & that is why I reinforced the plastic with JB Weld and positioned the aluminum on top of the wet JB Weld and fused it all together.
Now, just replace the material or use another piece (Readily available at auto top shops) I added a layer of 1/4" of waste padding on top of the foam. Get a rattle can of spray adhesive and glue the extra pad, (if used) to the foam or the material to the foam, wrapping it around the sides and securing it with glue as well. (Remember, I think the staples added to the weakness).
Now in reverse order, reassemble the pieces, re-glue the removed felt and viola...done deal.
Last edited by arizaino; 11-15-2010 at 04:01 AM.