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66 console ashtray

So, I'm refurbishing my console and I'm conflicted between what I have and what I remember in my folks pony as a kid.

My current ashtray (serving the backseat) simply opens and closes. It doesn't have any sort of latch or spring to keep it closed, so it never actually closes flush.

I seem to remember my folk's "snapping" shut. As if it was on some sort of spring to hold it firmly closed.

Maybe it was just that theirs wasn't 55 years old!

Can anyone confirm one way or another?

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You remember correctly. There is no latch but there are a couple of flat springs at the hinge side that keep the lid from opening too wide and also to keep the lid closed. The 'closing' spring depends as much upon friction as it does on the spring action but it does a good job of keeping the lid closed. I have an original one and age, by itself, doesn't keep the springs from working.

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Any chance you could post a picture of yours?
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I think drake automotive sells those and has illustrations.

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Everybody sells them but no one shows a picture of the back side where the springs are located.

If no one else has a photo handy I will post one later today.
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The attached photos are of an original console ashtray from our March '66 Dearborn coupe. As the first one shows, the lid has a C4 part number so it was also used for earlier years. The second photo shows the two flat springs on the back side. The 'two' springs are actually formed from the same piece of metal. Notice that the top of the left side spring is making contact with a small cam. The third photo is a closeup of that 'cam' on the closing spring that keeps the lid closed and, as the photo illustrates, it can also keep the lid partially open. The right side spring helps keep the ashtray from easily coming out of the hole in the back of the console which explains why you need to fully open the lid to remove the ashtray.

Our other '66 has a new, repro ashtray which is basically the same except that its parts are not as well formed and the lid closing mechanism doesn't work very well. From outside the car it looks correct but sitting in the back seat you can tell its a repro even before you open the lid.
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Great! Thanks a bunch!!!!
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