I know 69's have a different shifter than the 68's, but mybe this will help. To get mine out, in addition to removing all the console mounting screws, I have to remove the console box insert and then go in through the opening to remove two bolts that mount the shifter to a bracket that's bolted to the floor pan. That lets me lift up the console and shifter together enough to be able to disconnect the cable from the shifter, and then remove the console and shifter as a unit. The trim bezel around the shift lever on my 69 -was- held in by a couple of press-on speed nuts. I say -was- because the first time I removed it, I didn't know how it all went together so I pried up on the bezel to try to remove it and broke off both the mounting studs (doh!) - but it fits tightly enough into the recess around the shifter to keep it in place without them (whew!).
My 69 console fastens to the floor in 4 places: two sheet metal screws "inside" through a bracket at the rear, one sheet metal screw at the front center through the 'nose' of the console, and one large sheet metal screw/bolt through a bracket that's just behind the shifter.