|The Mattaligner, available from PJ Grady
I have an obsession of getting my console switches to line up, so obviously, I was interested in this. Unfortunately, the Mattaligner did not go on sale until late 2015. By that time my car was in the shop for most of 2016.
Well, the car is back and running, so I ordered one. Installation was a breeze. I did it in about ten minutes, which means a four year old can do it in under five. In my defense, there were no instructions, but you really do not need them. Anyway, I am about to show you how I installed mine...which can be your instructions.
|Pre-install, wonky alignment of switches
Pop out the switches, like a dentist/orthodontist pulling your teeth to prep for your braces. If the teeth...uh, switches...are hard to pull out, try removing the ash try and pushing the switches from behind. You will also need to disconnect the switches from their plugs.
Normally, I would tell you to mark and remember where the switches were. But come on, there are only five switches. Two are dummy switches, two are (the same) window switch, and one is for the rear defrost that you never use. Heck, I do not think anyone has ever used the rear window defrost...the engine (heat) is right there.
|Removal of switches and test fitting
|Drill bit and self tapping screws
|Kicking it old school with a hand powered drill
|Black and grey armrest pads
|Ah, look how beautiful that looks.
I went for the stainless steel finish (111177GS) as I wanted to 'bring' some stainless into the interior...plus, it was the cheaper option. The Mattaligner is also available in black oxide stainless finish (111177GB) for a little more than the naked version..
The thicker gauge steel (2.3mm) allows the switches to sit straight and aligned. I noticed that my switches were sticking, pre-install, due to the switch rubbing against the sidewalls of the trench. Because of the thin metal (default base) the base of the switches are allowed to shift and move whether through settling or operation. With the Mattaligner in place, bases do not move and switches are free to click on and off.
I would highly recommend the Mattaligner for any DeLorean owner experiencing console switch issues. This plate solves everything non-electrical with your switches. You can get these exclusively at pjgrady.com