I got around to installing the console and my RetroSound radio. It took a bit of finagling and adjusting before I was satisfied with how the radio fit. But the knobs fit where they are supposed to and don’t rattle. When I first installed them they fit loose and wobbled a lot. I used the rubber sleeves that the radio comes with along with a couple of washers to get everything to fit and line up nicely. I think it came out fairly well. Here are a couple of pictures of the finished product.
I believe I had mentioned in a previous post that I had a deluxe steering wheel to install on the car. I attempted to install it, but the center pad didn’t fit correctly so I reinstalled the old wheel. Today I did some additional research, along with posting to a popular vintage Mustang forum with a lot of very knowledgeable people. I learned two things. The first is that the deluxe wheel center pad was different from the standard wheel center pad. I wasn’t able to find any pictures illustrating the differences, but I was led to believe that it was a slightly different shape and that the standard pad might even be better looking. I did some searching of the Web and found a number of pictures of a standard pad. All of the pictures I found showed a hole in the back of the pad to accommodate the steering shaft protruding up into the back of the pad. This is exactly where my interference was. The center pad I have did not have a hole in the middle so the pad wouldn’t fit over the shaft. With the standard wheel this wasn’t an issue. It looks like I just need to make a hole in the pad and everything will fit OK. I have no explanation why my pad has no hole. The pictures I found online show a hole that sometimes looks very clean and on some pads the hole looks like it was added much later.
Here are pictures of my pad.
Here are some pictures I found on the Internet of pads with holes.
Sometime in the next few days I plan to remove the old wheel, install the deluxe wheel, and hollow out the pad so that I can install it. I’ll post a few pictures after I get it done.