|The MGA With An Attitude
Arm Rest STORAGE CONSOLE #2 - AT-214A
On 1/13/2018, Simon Broom in the UK wrote:
"I always wondered why they didn't use the armrest in the MGA to store stuff in. So I thought I'd make one. As you can see, it has enough space to house, keys, a phone, change and maybe a few small spares and a pen etc. It's an inch deep at the shallow end and 2 inches deep at the deep end and still has the external dimensions of the original.
"First, I downloaded the dimensions from the internet, blew them up and made a template and constructed a box and lid from mdf. Then I bought a piano hinge and ball catch online. Finally, I purchased a standard foam filled armrest and, in this case, some black leather (but vinyl will do).
"I cut the sides off the armrest leaving a couple of inches of vinyl around the edge and pulled out the foam rubber. I then took the mdf lid, pulled the armrest top over it and pulled the spare vinyl edges around and under and stapled it all in place. Then I routed a space along one edge of the box and inserted the ball catch so it would be flush with the lid when closed. Next I measured and cut the piano hinge to size and lightly ground the edge so it didn't look cut.
"Then, I had a go at upholstering the box and frankly it didn't look that good and I covered myself in glue, so I marched it all down to a local furniture upholsterer who, for not much money, completed the job. It doesn't make the car go any faster or handle better I admit but I'm looking forward to the convenience and it looks pretty original! Now all I need to do is figure out how to attach it to the new carpet. Probably staples from underneath". -- Simon