Cool, that's what I was hoping for. I really don't rest my arm there anyway. I can just hang onto the shifter handle at that point. I figure that if I keep the shifter at floor level, then when my arm is relaxed, it will just kinda naturally hang that way anyway, so I can just rest on the t-handle of the shifter. I can fab the console, no prob. I know a guy that can weld plastic, so if I cut something up and make it fit, I can have nice seams and then either paint it or cover it in thin blue vinyl to match the carpet/interior color. Besides, if I delete part of the console, it will be less likely to accumulate crap in it, since it would be more open, and I think it would look pretty nice IF I can get the shifter and console to match up and keep a clean line with the rest of the int. I want it to look like it came that way, not just a chopped up console w/ a shiny shifter on it.
These are highly engineered precision vehicles, the first step in diagnosing the problem is to strike the suspected offending part sharply and repeatedly with a blunt object, then re-test.