If you want to improve the look of your VT/VX interior on the cheap then this is the perfect mod for you! By simply swapping the plain, bland back plastic shifter and handbrake buttons for the chrome ones found on the VTII and VX calais you will add instant class.
So I figured since Iím gonna do this anyway why not take some pics and write some instructions while Iím at it so others benefit from my experience. This wasnít very hard to do and it took less than an hour complete and Iím a girl so u boys should be able to handle this with no probs . You have to agree that the new chrome button looks a hell of a lot better than the dodgy old black plastic one! For such a little cost (about $11 from holden if I remember correctly) it is probably one of the best and cheapest ways to improve your interior.
So hereís how it is done......
First remove the piece surrounding the shifter, to do this you will need to undo the screws on either side of the cigarette lighter (or dummy), now you will be able to lift the surrounding piece high enough to undo the plug for the electric windows (if fitted). You will now be able to remove this surrounding piece.
Now you have removed this piece you will see 4 screws underneath where the surrounding piece was, undo these. You will then need to remove the screws joining the suede (or plastic) piece to the console surround. Next open the centre console and under the mat you will see 2 nuts, undo these (they are 10mm). You will find the final 2 screws that you need to remove in the back, put the seats forward and you will see a screw joining 2 plastic pieces. Now you should disconnect the cable for the power window. Now everything is undone you will be able to remove centre console- this is easy just lift it up and move it around a bit until you get it off (it helps if the shifter is in 1st).
Last edited by Julie; 23-09-2004 at 10:21 AM.
Undo the screw on the back of the gear lever.
Look underneath the shifter surround on the passenger side and you will see the shaft for the shifter, if you push the button down you will be able to see the pin. Use a pin pusher or something similar (I used a skinny screwdriver) to remove the pin (this is easy just give it a couple of taps with a hammer).
Once the pin is out you will be able to remove the shifter (just a simple case of lifting it up), take the old shifter button out along with the spring. Now put the spring into the new button and place it where the old one was. Now put the shifter back.
You will need to hold the button down to replace the pin (it helps to have an extra pair of hands now), lubricate the pin and now put it back in (this can be a bit tricky, I used a hammer and a metal rod)
Step 7. Reverse the procedure for removing all the plastic bits to reinstall them.
Step 8. You are now finished, sit back and enjoy looking at a classier interior.
Step 9. Off to holden to buy the matching chrome handbrake button if you havent already! (donít worry fitting this is a piece of piss compared to the shift button)
Well thats it, if you need to know anything else, just pm me.
Hi Julie, thanks to your removal guide for selector surround I was able to install new spring into the small compartment door above the lighter. Schofields Holden in Auckland quoted $120 for labour and parts to fix this tiny spring. I got the part for $23 and saved heaps. Thanks.
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Do you have the part number for it at all? As the local holden dealer is useless and everytime they order one in its for the wrong model or a completely different thing :| NVM
Last edited by Spitfire; 06-04-2005 at 05:28 PM.
Anyone know how to fit the Chrome HANDBRAKE button?
i changed all my door handles and handbrake lever in my vt over to the alloy ones out of the vy ss....one little thing though that i did not realise at the time was the difference in colour of the dash etc....but you would nt notice it unless something was said.....looks the goods....i will post a pic once i have finished painting my dash inserts....
After some help thinking someone who might have written in here could help me.
I've got a VY/VZ Shifter I want to install in my car, I spoke to someone who has put it in their VT, and they said it's not that hard, and they were going to write up a FAQ for it, but never did. I'm aware the shifter's a different size etc.
He told me that it's pretty basic.. "It's not hard took me about a hour, but that was including figuring out how to do it. It's a matter of braking bits and drilling couple holes from memory"
Anyone who's taken their dash apart and seen what it's like where the shifter is able to tell me what I'd need to do to get this on?
It's not stupid, it's advanced.
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Just carried out your mod for changing the shift button to chrome. Not that hard as you said to do at all. Only pain was getting at the pin with the traction control button in the way but managed it with an extra set of hands. Makes the car look very bling inside. Thinking about the handbrake one!!
Great post Julie!!!
been wondering how to change 1 of these, thanx for the info, now ill be able to fit 1 in
great post one question will you marry me.
lol sorry hinterland but I believe thats what they call bigamy
I realise VN's have a different type of gear changer, is it possible to put a changer from a later model Commy into an earlier model?
any idea where one may buy a chrome button or am i better off just using crome spray paint on my original button....
hey just wanna know does ne1 know how 2 take the shifter surround out itself? and do they have pics or detailed info on how 2 take it out? i am trying 2 get 2 the lights inside the shifter surround as im changing the original green colour 2 a diff collour? can ne1 help or show me a thread from somwhere??
Julie u are a god sent this is the second thread that has gotten me out of the poo wif the mrs wot r u doing to that car the other 1 was how to get the door trims off thanks heaps julie keep the good work coming
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I'd like to know how to change the colour of the lights for drive-1st too if anyone has any ideas?
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I had to replace a split handbrake knob on my Calais. It's only plastic though. Pull the cover up, remove it and the knob just unscrews. I had a silver ring around the end of the lever which was also split but I didn't bother replacing that. It just clips on too. Cost about $10.00Originally Posted by jake_au
was just about to do a new thread asking about how to remove the centre console but thanks JULIE you have saved the day
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Great post Julie - THANX!!
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sweet thread, i followed these instructions and did mine not long ago
i bought a wood grain gear surround and i used this guide to put it on,i am also female like the person who posted this and i had no problems at all,so thanks heaps to the poster for sharing .i love how everyone helps with their advice and experience.
Thanks for this.. I did it today following these instructions.. I didn't pull out the whole console though.. Just some of it.. I had the wife hold the button down to get the pin back in which was a bit of a bitch.. Getting the pin out on my one while it was greased was still a pain in the ass.. I had to use 3 tools and a hammer to bang it till it came out.. So if your one won't budge, don't stress.. Just make sure you hammer it out straight.. I put in a brushed chrome button from the Monaro..
1 more thing.. When your lifting the button out, mine was stuck somewhat.. Pull out the whole handle on the shifter as well as the button..
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thanks to this thread my car looks a whole lot better. I noticed people having trouble with replacing the 'pin' back onto the shifter... I loaded the pin into a 4.5mm socket, this socket has a small drive so it was nice and skinny. I attached a extention on it and hit gently with a hammer. I did this with the shifter button depressed and taped down with masking tape so I can do it by myself. This was much easier than a pin and hammer. it went streight in.