Reproduction 66-68 Console top from OER/Classic Industries - problem

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Just got a set of my reproductions out, I don't know where these came from, as I swapped to get them. You are right. I have a reproduction console plastic and a original front top plate fits it perfectly the new 4-speed top plate, when seated at the console door lacks a 1/2" seating at the front. I will have to contact the person I swapped those 69-70 plates to and see where they came from. That's a pisser.
They came from brewers
 

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OK - so decided to go ahead and dive in on trying to straighten the top out. Turned out it wasn't that difficult with a hydraulic press and going in small steps. here's basically what I set up.

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Basically started out with this set up to flatten the forward section and get some of the upward swoop out of it. Then I found it worked better to use the 2x4 on edge across the plate with a steel plate between it and the ram. And as necessary I used a couple of paint stick on either side between the plate and the HDPE plate as folcrums to help massage the humped section and add some more curve to it. I went in small pushes and slid the plate a little forward and back to not concentrate too much in one area. Many breaks to re-fit on the base and mark where it needed to be pushed next. Ended up looking pretty good overall I think - at least it sits flat and hooks at the front and screws down fine at the rear.

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There is still a little gap on the right side in the hump up area although it's hard to see unless you get right down on it. I may see if I can massage a little of it out tomorrow - or maybe just call it good.

Thanks to those who replied about the use of a hydraulic press. I was a bit skeptical at first but worked out just fine. Just went slow and moved the pressure points around to keep from overstressing any one area - don't see any signs of stress to the chrome. thumbnail.jpg

I'll add that a couple pieces of 2x10 or 2x12 oak plank squares laid together would make a good base to use under the console piece. I just happened to have that big chunk of HDPE that I got off of a construction project years ago.
 
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Excellent! Glad you were able to tweak it back to the correct shape...
 

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There was recent thread about this very issue either on one of the facebook groups I'm in or Moparts.

But anyway Mike Ross chimed in ( owner of BEA parts , aka former partner of PG Classics ) He said they ALL fit like this.
He put them on a Hyd press and straightened everyone of them to fit a console body as he sold them before they ever left his shop.

I bought mine from Mike years back and told me then, he just stepped on them to straighten them out. :p Never mentioned a press.
 

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I think trying to tweak one over your knee or stand on one would be a little tough and risky but I could see clamping it between a couple pieces of wood in a big vice and pulling/pushing on it a little. They are not quite as stiff as I was expecting, and with the 4-speed one there’s a big hole in the middle so want to be a little careful with the force at the outer ends of it where it might be a little more brittle.
 

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I think the use of the press takes the human jerking snapping type reaction out of it .
Thy are diecast and dont like to be bent, especially more than once .
Plus you can control the amount of bend you do, and key is go slowly.
This is one case when just a tad more can very easily be too much
 
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