Gain extra benefits by becoming a Supporting Member Click here find out how!
Classic Performance Products Classic Parts
Ciadella InteriorsAmerican Auto Wire Classic Industries
Chevs of the 40sDanchuk Catalog
Hellwig Products IncPerformance Rod & CustomEcklers AutoMotive
Nu-Relics Power Windows
Impala Bob's Bob's Chevy Trucks Bob's Chevelle Parts Bob's Classic Chevy

Username Post: Firewall Pad        (Topic#348986)
69_BOWTIE 
Senior Member
Posts: 952

Loc: WYOMING,USA
Reg: 02-27-02
01-02-18 08:32 PM - Post#2719844    

Well I got the carpet put in and working on the seat covers. I need to replace the firewall pad are they all the same as far as the after market world goes . I am looking at the one from Show Cars seems to look like it will conform to the tran's tunnel and the price is reasonable.63 Impala

2001 Silverado 4X4
2005 FXDWGI
69 CHEVY Short Step
63 IMPALA 2/DR HRDTOP 327


 
This Forum is Sponsored by
1-800-IMPALAS  *  www.impalas.com
Visit Impala Bob's forum on ChevyTalk
pvs409 
"6th Year" Gold Supporting Member
Posts: 1964
pvs409
Loc: Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
Reg: 01-10-05
01-02-18 10:10 PM - Post#2719846    
    In response to 69_BOWTIE

Do not buy the cheap $ 59 one. Its junk, wrong color of the pad, "wrong texture", wrong color & width off the lower rubber seal on the bottom of the pad, that the carpet goes under. As I recall the fit of the cheap pad and stamped openings necessary to be removed for various factory items that run through the firewall pad/firewall do not exist or match correctly.

The good original style firewall pad ($99 )comes in the right gray color and with the right lower rubber seal and is what to use..well worth the money...

I have had both and sent back the cheap one and got my money back. For the cheap 1961 & 62 pads they are flat vs the correct molded original style pad ($ 99)to fit the curved firewall on the quality pads.

The quality reproduction firewall pads were not made for a few years and now are available again. I have installed at least 8 original style firewall pads

Paul

57 BelairHT 283/270hp 4 spd
62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4
62 ImpHT SS 409/482 stroker 4 spd
62 Imp SS 409 - 5 spd Convertible under frameoff
Website http://paulstensland.com/
[image]http://chevytalk.org/sm/26453.jpg[/ima


 
models916 
Valued Contributor
Posts: 4700

Age: 66
Loc: Addison, IL
Reg: 05-28-10
01-03-18 04:39 AM - Post#2719855    
    In response to pvs409

Paul is right. Get the good pad. When the cheap pad is all I have, I spray it with a mist of water for half a day to make it pliable and fit to the contour (it's cardboard). PITA and not as nice a look as the better pad. Use the correct tool for the plug inserts and do it on a warm day.



 
junky 
Frequent Contributor
Posts: 2333

Loc: Northeast CT
Reg: 06-27-10
01-03-18 07:24 AM - Post#2719867    
    In response to models916

What items have to be removed to replace the pad?

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
pvs409 
"6th Year" Gold Supporting Member
Posts: 1964
pvs409
Loc: Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
Reg: 01-10-05
01-03-18 09:11 AM - Post#2719874    
    In response to junky

For 61 and 62 Chevys

Remove the heater box under the dash including the heater core with the firewall mount(there is extra work in factory air car).

Remove the solid plastic cover below the steering column.

Study the current firewall pad for where the firewall pad fasteners are located before starting the installation.
You should be able to install the new firewall pad with the gas pedal firewall linkage in place.

You will not have to remove the glove box. The glove box has to be removed on factory air cars (to get the air heater box and heater core out)

Remove and let hang the fuse box(2 screws hold it to the firewall) to install the separate drivers side section of the firewall pad.

Once the heater boxes have been removed fuse box left hanging start the installation.

You do have to cut out of the firewall pad for the heater core box mount along the outline on the pad (look at the original to compare). Be careful to not cut to much out -the heater box has to fit flush to the firewall (no firewall pad under it)
You also have to cut out the gas pedal holes (they are marked on the firewall pad) and the marked firewall pad hole for the left side heater mounting long hex bolt and sleeve. On factory 4 speed cars there is a round hole to cut(its marked on the pad) for the backup wiring harness. These small holes are not easy to cut and not damage the cardboard on the firewall pad. Use sharp tools and wood under the firewall pad to cut through the insulation and the gray pad cover.

Remove the 3 chrome vents 61 & 62 factory air only. The center vent on factory air cars can lay on the center hump with the cables. You may have to remove one or more of the cables to get the firewall pad in place for 61/62 factory air.

63 and 64 non factory air is similar to the notes I listed above.
Paul

57 BelairHT 283/270hp 4 spd
62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4
62 ImpHT SS 409/482 stroker 4 spd
62 Imp SS 409 - 5 spd Convertible under frameoff
Website http://paulstensland.com/
[image]http://chevytalk.org/sm/26453.jpg[/ima


 
ragtp66 
Contributor
Posts: 602
ragtp66
Reg: 12-09-07
01-16-18 07:22 PM - Post#2721237    
    In response to models916

Heat up some water not boiling hot but about the same temperature as a cup of coffee. Throw the Christmas tree fasteners that hold the pad to the firewall in the water for a few minutes to soften them and make them easier to install. a couple drops of dish washing soap (warshing if your from Iowa) will help them slide right in too.

Toys:
1958 Impala 2dr Hardtop Under Construction
1966 Chevelle Malibu Convert M20/350 Aztec Bronze
1987 Sea Ray Pachanga 22
2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT Parts chaser
2007 Trailblazer SS -gone and missed


 
This Forum is Sponsored by
1-800-IMPALAS  *  www.impalas.com
Visit Impala Bob's forum on ChevyTalk
Icon Legend Permissions Topic Options
Report Post

Quote Post

Quick Reply

Print Topic

Email Topic

371 Views
FusionBB
FusionBB™ Version 2.1
©2003-2006 InteractivePHP, Inc.
Execution time: 0.181 seconds.   Total Queries: 13   Zlib Compression is on.
All times are (GMT -0800) Pacific. Current time is 04:12 AM
Top