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Re: Dash replacement (archive)

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Posted by Merdad on October 15, 2001 at 22:13:04:

In Reply to: Re: Dash replacement posted by erik on October 15, 2001 at 13:44:32:

I bought a used dash a few months back from Michel in Swiss. I also had bought the bottom tray and wood from a guy in Spain about two years ago. So, I had all these parts collected for this purpose, but I kept putting it off since I thought it was going to be too difficult. Now if you can't find a good dash and need to re-do yours, I know Just Dashes in Van Nuys, CA does them and they only do it if all three pieces are given to them for I think around $600. I have seen their work out of the car and it looked great, but I don't know how the fit is. What they do is to remove everything off including the foam and then using the metal base, they put new foam and new vinyl.
Now for my work, well Saturday I just tackled it. Take off the front windshield. All the under dash pieces comes off, mark all the wiring (I write them down) for the hazard and rear window heater. Take off the console. Take off the steering. Take off the lower dash by removing the aluminum strip and then the screws. Take off the four bolts that hold the heater controls and unhook the wire coupling and just let it hand to one side. Now from underneath take off you the two nuts for the instruments and above it two more for the instrument shroud. There are also two Phillips screws that hold the bottom part of the instrument shroud. There are three U shaped holders that hold the bottom tray, loosen those and more than likely the wood part of it is water damaged and they will just twist and brake off (now you don't have to remove these if you are not going to replace the tray or refinish the wood). Now, you have to gently (maybe also with a help of a bar) pull up the top dash and it should just pop up, but not out. The vents are still attached and now need to pull down from one side (the side closer to the center) and slide over towards the center of the car to pop off the springs that hold them. They will stay in place and do not need to be removed. Now you can take the top off. Don't forget the instrument shroud the still attached to the top and need to be careful pulling it forward and out, not to damage the wood. Now if the tray is coming off, you can loosen the screws and thatís it. Reinstalling, it do everything in reverse. It really is an easy job, but you have to be patient. I only needed help to put back the windshield that my friend Tom Colitt came over and popped it in, in less than ten minutes.
I hope this helps a little.

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