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Instrument panel removal

Post by Specialdeluxe » Tue Jun 2nd, 2009 6:19

Sent in via PM by likz49:

im trying to remove tha dash for paint and have every bolt out or screw
out, im tying to remove the instument panel to the wires in the back of the
unpluged. i have removed light switchs lighter and igintion,the top part of
the panels free but feels like somthings holdin the bottom on the panel on
thanx for your help
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Re: Instrument panel removal

Post by dsweidman » Fri Jun 5th, 2009 7:42

Did you remove the steel brace that runs from the bottom of the dash & up through the firewall? It's located near the drivers side.

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Re: Instrument panel removal

Post by Astron 1949 » Wed Jul 20th, 2011 11:08

Many thanks for the 'brace' removal tip dsweidman =D>
btw, are there any other 'hidden' screws/nuts/bolts holding the instument panel in place? I have removed the center section (radio and heater controls :lol:
t.i.a. Fred.

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Re: Instrument panel removal

Post by dsweidman » Thu Jul 21st, 2011 4:18

The only other fasteners I can think of are located on the sides, way up inside, behind the dash panel. I think there are 2 on each side. The interior trim panel around the windshield needs to be removed as well, because there are screws under the trim that also hold the instrument panel in place.

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Re: Instrument panel removal

Post by Astron 1949 » Thu Jul 21st, 2011 1:35

Tnx for the reply D

Actually, I am just trying to remove, or at least pull the Instrument (guages) cluster forward enough, to gain easier access to all the rotten wiring, not the complete dashboard :mrgreen:

I cannot, at the moment, find any screws/bolts etc. attaching the chrome guages assembly at the driver's door area :-(

Grabbing a powerful flashlight and about to crawl around on the floor as soon as I post this :)

Cheers, Fred.

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Re: Instrument panel removal

Post by 194950dj » Thu Jul 21st, 2011 7:15

just my opinion after doing several dash rewire/paint,
remove the whole dash, way faster in the end. great access to everything. all the HIDDEN chrome fasteners are right in the open.
remove front window frame, 6 fasteners under it, two 5/16 bolt lower inside edges.
steer brace, heater controls, vent handle brace and it will drop where you can see wires to be removed. then take the whole thing out.
sounds like at lot and it is. but, so is trying do do the work upside down, legs over seat.
#-o
good luck
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Re: Instrument panel removal

Post by Astron 1949 » Thu Jul 21st, 2011 7:54

Hi Doug and all,
Thanks for the response and advice re removing the complete dash.
Problem with that is that the car is outside, the garage houses an '87 Vette, so there is no place to store the dash, other than in the back yard :cry:

However, I have managed to remove just the instrument cluster.
As most probably know, but I didn't, there are only 3 nuts, at the bottom of the cluster, holding it in. The REAL pain were the two, what used to be rubber grommets at the top of the cluster, presumably to assist in correct installation/alignment

These "rubber" grommets had become SO hard that they basically "vulcanised" themselves to the two locating pins at the top of the instrument panel. No amount of gentle prying worked, so being a really thin 145 pound guy with small hands, I managed poke my head thru the hole in the dash, :roll: , left by radio and scraped away the rock hard grommets and bingo, out she came, far enough for me to remove the three indvidual gauges.

Cheers, Fred.

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Re: Instrument panel removal

Post by p18plywood » Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 2:30

You know that you can get replacement rubber bushings for the dashand many other parts as well. Krusn64 who is a member ofthis web group makes a lot of Mopar repro parts in rubber. If you can't find his email, I will look it up. He also sells on ebay.
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Re: Instrument panel removal

Post by 194950dj » Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 2:44

:twisted:
get that worthless cebby out tha way.
put the car worth cherishing in tha garage, get er roadworthy are enjoy the attention!

again jus my opinion, :wink:
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