Do you realize that link of the lcd is not motorized? and how do you plan to hook up the audio? another HU perhaps?
not to mention, if you were in first gear or any other gear for that matter
would the screen even be able to extend?
if only you had the dash with gps. cause it changes your dash completely
Getting rid of the HU does a lot more than loose the climate control It's a vital part to some of the car's functions unfortunately. To hook up adio to it there are adapters that plug into the unit since the HU has an Aux. setting.
As for seeing it... the only time the gear knob will be close to the screen is in park-- but having it pulling out from the area will get it closer and i'm not sure if it would be in the way. I think in the links that were given in the beginning has a motorized one coming out of the single din compartment. So I'd say it is possible! You might want to contact that person, chances of getting them are probably slim since they are old links.
I have other questions for you since I roughly have the same car and going through some thoughts and planning at the moment. Where are you going to be placing the computer?? Laptop or not?
By the way.... I also got the mechanics repair manual for my hybrid off of ebay! It shows all the electrical aspects of the car with diagrams and what responses each pin and wire should have....along with it if one looked through it you could find out how to disassemble anything on the car -- interior and seats and such ... so if needed I can try and look up some diagrams for disassembly...