Actually, I meant more of a shield under the truck. There really isn't much beneath the console. You will see the plastic ducts for the rear heater, but that's about it. Pretty much bare metal below that.
I'm interested in what you find. Is this a LC or a LX? What year? If you have an LX, there might be some stereo stuff in the console that I suppose could be overheating, but that is a stretch.
Guys, I removed the plastic console yesterday and drive the car to half hour to observe heat blow beneath. I found the metal right down the console v.hot and no oem appearance of any types of shiled. which is common sense. I wonder is it normal to feel this mush of heat transfer to body from ATM gear. and if yes then this should trigger the AT/Temp light on. I am planning to invistagate the ATM cooling pipes or system. My type is Toyota landcruiser 95 vxr full time fully loaded japan.
kfarea has the A442F tranny. which does get quite a bit hotter than the A343F that myself, CH, and rusty have. I believe this is normal. I remember my '93 used to get very hot in this area, but not my '97.