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Username Post: 1962 Padded Dash        (Topic#357253)
junky 
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Loc: Northeast CT
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07-16-19 03:33 PM - Post#2770854    

I purchased a spare padded dash, and had it recovered by Al Knoch Interiors, and it came out perfect. The color was wrong, but I knew that going in, and I had the correct color mixed in SEM Vinyl paint. Now that it is painted, I am wondering if there are any short cuts to getting the dash housing out, to install the new padded dash. I am hoping to be able to just pull it out enough to access the tabs, and not having to remove any more that necessary. I already have the radio out, but was wondering about the speaker. Does that have to come out also? All helpful hints are welcome. thanks Junk

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55Brodie 
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55Brodie
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Loc: Little River, SC
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07-16-19 09:12 PM - Post#2770870    
    In response to junky

The speaker does not need to come out. You will need a fair amount of room to access and bend the dash pad tabs. An extra set of hands (helper) would be useful. I would remove the steering wheel and lower the column. Remove the glove box door and cardboard liner. Remove ashtray and ashtray bracket. Remove right side air vent cable screw. Then remove the 6 fat screws holding the dash (console, as Chevy calls it) and gently work it open to gain access. The dash wire harness and speedo cable may hinder your ability to get access. Altogether, not too difficult; just tedious as hell.



 
junky 
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07-17-19 05:00 AM - Post#2770887    
    In response to 55Brodie

Thanks... Now I need to find a helper. I'll post a picture when I get it completed.

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junky 
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07-19-19 08:41 PM - Post#2771117    
    In response to junky

Couldn't find a helper that was willing to help in the heat, so I got it out on my own. Had to disconnect all the electrical, and now I have a lot of spaghetti hanging where the dash used to be. I will be disconnecting the fuse block, and I will reconnect all the wires before the dash goes back in. Getting the old padded dash off presented a problem, since I didn't want to bugger up the shell. I quit around 6PM and will wok on it when the weather gets cooler next week. In the meantime, I am going to give the dash some fresh paint, since it is looking quite shabby around the key switch. This will also give me a chance to clean up the wiring installed by the body builder during the ambulance conversion. It is a rats nest of wires intertwined with the GM wiring.
If I knew what I was getting myself into, I wouldn't have started the project.

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