In the glove box kit thread you mentioned you'd look into center console kits for the express, which had a bunch of interest. I figured instead of continuing to hijack that thread I'd start this one.
Instead of messing with the column shifter and all the associated parts, I'd just assume leave it in place. Attached is a photo from another forum of a non shifter console for the kit. Ignore the yellow boxes in the photo.
"If you do not want to do the shifter get the 2500 or 3500 console cup holder bucket. "