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Shifter Housing Removal & Painting
After asking several times on the forum for info on removing the shifter housing with no response, I finally just started pulling the dash apart to do it myself. Here are some pix for those who want to give it a try. It does look about a million times better, the way it should look in my opinion, the same color as the waterfall.
There are about 8 screws you have to remove from the bottom of the dash to be able to "peel" the bottom of the dash under the radio/HVAC controls out just enough to pop the shifter housing up. The housing is held in by 8 clips. Also, remember to remove the cupholder first before prying the housing up. It can be pulled out carefully by deploying the cupholder, then gingerly working the forward end of the holder out first, then the aft will loosen up.
A buddy of mine who is awesome with an airgun sprayed 5 coats of yellow GM paint and 4 coats of clear to make a perfect match!
The first picture shows what the framework looks like under the housing.
The second one shows the newly painted housing on my car to show the match.
The third one shows the bottom side of the housing so you can see the clips.
The fourth one shows the bottom of the radio/HVAC stack pulled out a bit, just enough to remove/replace the housing.
The fifth shows how Saturn should've colored the housing in the first place!
Invisible Bra on Lights
Stubby "B" Antenna
Yellow Shifter Housing