1. Disconnect battery...obvious but critical.
2. Remove rear view mirror...trust me, you don't want to be hitting your head on that thing.
3. Remove steering wheel...if stuck, loosen nut, soak with penetrating
oil, pull on the hub, smack it nut with a hammer. It
really really works! Remove steering column clamp.
4. Remove crash pad and center console.
5. Remove all mounting hardware.
6. Slide the dash back.
7. Except for the tach and speedo, remove each gauge one at a time and
re-attach the wires as you go. Makes installation a breeze. I've done
it twice this way with no ill effects.
Installation is the reverse and incredibly tedious. Short of removing
the windshield, a suitable mirror helps a lot (see tools below)
Tip: Remove the speedo first, then the idiot lights and the tach. At
this point, the dash can be laid back for better access to the rest of
the components. Install the binnacle components last.
I still need to tweak the crash pad. But the darned thing is in and I
didn't break, scratch or deface anything. No blood was spilled and very
little profanity was used. All the the components work and dash lights
work. All in all, I'm very pleased with the results. To go from an idea
to a finished product feels good.
Here are some photos of the process. Click to enlarge.
Out with the
Some see spaghetti. I see Medusa's head.
Trim strips rebuilt with closed cell foam cost $3 for 1'X4'X1/2" sheet from Tap Plastics.
Tools and mirrored acrilyc plastic. Before and after. It even looks better in person. I think I'll quit while I'm ahead.