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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 12:27 pm    Post subject: Dash Removal? Reply with quote

Do I need to remove dash to get to all the wires under the dash? I'm looking for missing/dead wires/bad connections. If I don't remove the dash is there a easy way to get to them?
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be able to get to everything easily enough by removing the instrument panel (or at least pulling it out a bit.)

To do that:
1. disconnect battery
2. remove steering wheel
3. remove heater/fresh air control levers
4. remove four screws that hold in the instrument panel

Lots of room to work, now!
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pull the Instrument cluster and remove the glove box, that will give semi easy access to just about every thing. I have found if a lot of work or searching needs to be done from below/under the dash then having the steering wheel off is handy.

Oh you are a fast typer, although i leave the battery connected, makes testing easier with power.
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems to me that if you totally removed the whole dash it would make the job harder because a lot of the wiring connects to the dash. Follow the advice already given and you should be fine. You might also remove the radio.
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To answer your question, there are 2 or 3 bolts on each side of the dash and then 6-8 little bolts at the base of the windshield. They are a pain to get out. The dash itself is three pieces (not counting glove box and instrument pod). While it's out you can check for rust, re-do the top of the dash (sand, primer, paint, etc...) and of course get into electricals.

Just make sure you remember how to put it back together!
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I redid my wiring in the dash when my front windshield was out, also removed the plate between the dash and window. Then i could see everything perfect, it made the job pretty easy.
So if you suspect rust underneath your windshield, get it out and take care of that too Very Happy Makes the other job easier :p
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Removing the steel top of the dash makes a lot of life nice and easy. Although it takes a while to remove that top panel.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But how do I remove heater/fresh air control levers?
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take the glove box out and the radio. Figure out if the colored control knobs will come off. Some years are different I seem to think. Then look at where the levers are attached inside. A good time to evaluate your fresh air/heater control cables' function and ease of moblity.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

griest77 wrote:
But how do I remove heater/fresh air control levers?


In my 1972 bay you just pull them out. If you remove the top steel plate, you will see how they are attached, just pushid in a lever actually.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

griest77 wrote:
But how do I remove heater/fresh air control levers?


only remove the steel plate and you should have plenty of acces, the cluster will be a bitch(sorta) to wire back up if totally removed, but the glove box is easy so id do that. and the metal speaker panel....no need to remove the levers from the face.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This may seem like a Gizmo Gearloose thing but I just bent the ends of the heat/fresh air levers straight and slid the cluster out.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

griest77 wrote:
But how do I remove heater/fresh air control levers?

Have you read your service manual? Razz
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