1968 4 speed console with a/c

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RASSAN68
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1968 4 speed console with a/c

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Does anyone know if there is a difference between a 4 speed console for a car with a/c vs one without air
I have a 4 speed console and it it longer than the automatic console.
See attached picture.
Did they cut off the back of the console for a/c
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68 XR7 GT 390 4 Speed

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Re: 1968 4 speed console with a/c

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My understanding is that the AC consoles were cut to fit the components. And that 4 speed console is worth big money.

BTW, did you find a build sheet for your ride?
Steve
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1968 XR7 GT 4 speed - Augusta Green / Dark Ivy Gold


RASSAN68
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Re: 1968 4 speed console with a/c

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I have the Marty report, my was an original XR7 390 GT automatic. When I bought it someone had put a 289 Automatic.
I got a 390 from a 68 cougar and rebuilt it and converted to the 4 speed
68 XR7 GT 390 4 Speed

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Re: 1968 4 speed console with a/c

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Post by CATHOUSE »

The automatic console in your photo is for a car with factory A/C. The manual transmission console is for a car without A/C. The front of the console base had to be cut off to clear the A/C heater box.

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Re: 1968 4 speed console with a/c

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Thank you
68 XR7 GT 390 4 Speed

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Re: 1968 4 speed console with a/c

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Yes to clear all the a/c Plumbing. Does the non a/c 4 speed console not have a backer plate behind the clock?
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Re: 1968 4 speed console with a/c

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Yes it does
68 XR7 GT 390 4 Speed

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Re: 1968 4 speed console with a/c

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Could you put the non-A/C 4 speed top pad on the A/C auto base? I thought the pads and bases were interchangeable between 4sp and auto.
Mike

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Re: 1968 4 speed console with a/c

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The bases look the same except the hole is enlarged to fit the 4 speed plate.

At least This is The case on my green 67 console...

So I guess if you had a pad and plate you could cut your auto to a manual

It would be hard going back to an auto. The auto pad and plate would cover up the bigger hole. You would need to figure out how to screw in shift indicator because you lost a mounting point.
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1968 Cougar XR7-GT Gold
1968 Cougar XR7 X code Gold
1968 Cougar XR7 (parts car) Gold
1960 Thunderbird
1968 Pontiac Catalina 2dr hardtop
1968 Pontiac Catalina 7 pass. Wagon
1968 Pontiac Bonneville 2dr. Hardtop (parts car)
1968 Pontiac GTO
1929 Pontiac Coupe
1964 Pontiac Bonneville (co-owned with Dad)

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Re: 1968 4 speed console with a/c

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Post by tinman »

Thanks! Good to know. The comparison photos are priceless.
Mike

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