Metal Overhead console?


I have a metal overhead console in my 1965 PA28-180.

Is this the normal console? I'm trying to get a replacement, but only see consoles that look like this:

For new PMA, and salvage.

Can anyone shed any light on this?


  • That is definitely a field manufactured replacement.

  • Thanks!

    I think this is the closest to what is there:

    This looks alright as well, however I am concerned about the length of the trim indicator, since it seems to have a slight rise in the plastic:

  • The console that you have definitely isn't a legal part. The box could cause a significant injury if you hit your head on it. Knots2U and Planeparts are both great suppliers and make great parts. I would replace it as fast as you can. Good luck!

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

    Need help? Let me know!

  • edited October 2020

    Thanks all!

    The plane flies like a dream, and the engine is amazing... however, as you have seen, someone has made some "Interesting" interior choices.

    I am upgrading the entire interior(Airtex), and I am in the process of doing the rest, for an avionics upgrade (with A&P's blessing and meticulous labelling, and storage of parts). As a former skydiver and paraglider, I'm a stickler for my aircraft being exactly as they are designed.

    I have an armada supply of parts coming, including:

    As long as I am here, I was wondering if anyone had a line on the following:

    • Vent control knobs(On the doors). They are red, and I would like black without painting, and one of them is damaged.

    • Washer and large nut behind the vent control knob(Secures it to the panel). Most of them are MIA.

    • Best way to get caulk off windows. Would like to go back to the original tar sealing tape, or legal alternative. Hopefully without buying new windows.

    • Best way to get the back seat in. The tabs on the top with the screws were a real pain to get out. I do not want to scratch the new panels going in.

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