Consoles are, it seems, an integral part of the Mach 1 experience. This is especially true where the '69-'70 Machs are concerned. These cars left the factory equipped with the "armrest with an attitude." As nice as this option is, we often run into problems with it.
For instance, take our Project '70 console. After sending off the old blue hulk to Mustang Central [(912) 956-3871] in Byron, Georgia (last month we mistakenly said it was in Macon), we decided to get busy with the parts we kept. One of the parts was our medium blue console. It was, to say the least, a wreck. The glovebox was grenaded, the body was cracked on one side, and all but two of the anchor holes were blown away. Luckily, the plastic that had been broken away from the holes was in the glovebox--or what was left of the glovebox.
Since our box was toast, and no one reproduces one yet, we had to turn to the used parts world for a new one. A local parts guru, Kent Hatchett of Brandon, Florida [(813) 651-1468], unearthed one for us from his pile of parts consoles. As for the other stuff, we turned to Laurel Mountain Mustang for the only three items that are available for these consoles: a new lid, ashtray bumpers, and the woodgrain.