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Some of the first pieces you'll need to install are the upper dash pad and the defroster vents. Be careful not to overtighten the nuts holding these dash parts; they're plastic, and if you're not using repop pieces; they're also old.
Some of the first pieces you'll need to install are the upper dash pad and the defroster v
This part can get a little tricky. You need to install the glovebox hinge and liner at the same time, because the upper screws of the liner also go through the hinge for the lid. Do not tighten these screws yet, because you may need to adjust the alignment of the glovebox lid later. With the liner and the lid installed, put the latch mechanism in place and adjust the door as necessary so it latches.
This part can get a little tricky. You need to install the glovebox hinge and liner at the
The speaker in our dash was in pretty bad shape, so we went to our local Radio Shack and purchased a replacement (Cat No. 40-1297c). The "cheese cloth" that covered the speaker needed replacing. This was purchased at an upholstery shop. This speaker is almost a direct bolt-in, with "almost" meaning that the only change we needed to make was to reinstall the bracket for the speaker upside-down and use machine screws to attach the speaker to the bracket. The speaker can then be bolted back in its original location.
The speaker in our dash was in pretty bad shape, so we went to our local Radio Shack and p
Does this look confusing? If you labeled all the wires, it's not so bad.
To start on the wiring, you first need to install the firewall plug by pushing it through from under the dash until all four clips snap into place. This gives a solid mounting point to route the wires from. Now carefully reroute the "labeled" wires to their respective locations. Remember, be gentle when pulling the wires.
To start on the wiring, you first need to install the firewall plug by pushing it through
Install the heater controls by sliding the cables through the dash opening and routing them to the heater box. Remember to plug the wires into the switch before securing it to the dash.
Install the heater controls by sliding the cables through the dash opening and routing the
Now you can install your "like new" instrument cluster in its appropriate location. Double-check the wiring in the back to make sure all connections are made and hooked up at the right location. At this time, you can also install the lower dashpad and ignition switch.
Now you can install your "like new" instrument cluster in its appropriate location. Double
Next, slide the radio into the dash from the back and attach with the two face bolts. Don't forget the nut in the back to support the weight of the radio. Now install the woodgrain trim and the switch panel. To avoid scratching your newly dyed dashpad, put a piece of plastic between the top of the switch panel and the dash and the bottom of the switch panel and the dash before pushing the panel into place. The switch panel will slide on the plastic and not harm the newly dyed vinyl pad. Remember how hard that panel came out? Be careful pushing it in.
Next, slide the radio into the dash from the back and attach with the two face bolts. Don'
Hmmm, looks pretty good. Let's go get some burgers!
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