I just joined the forum to say thanks to everyone who contributed here and around this topic.
Dormant or not, this thread saved me a lot of time and money.
After my detail guy broke the clock knob in my wife’s 2003 986 S, an internet search sent me here. I read a bit, contacted Brian, ordered two shafts and using the above steps by @whall and a couple of youtube videos for visual guidance, I’m back in stock configuration on the dash!
Also, IMHO: The shafts I received from Brian seem more sturdy/solid than the stock items, fwiw.