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2 hours ago, hcarrickz3 said:

Got the dash, I think you guys will be pleased with your dash.

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looks like it was worth the wait!!

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18 minutes ago, SoCalJim said:

That’s great!  Mine will be along in about a month.  😀

Since your dash is already out, can you think of any pit falls or tips on removal? the FSM makes it sound pretty easy.

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Oh gosh, it’s been about 15 months since I pulled it!  At my age, remembering yesterday takes a bit of head scratching!

If I recall correctly, the FSM procedure was pretty good.  Steering wheel, combo switches, seats, console come out before the dash.  Disconnecting the speedometer cable was awkward.  Disconnecting the flashers and the connections under the dash around the steering column were a bit easier.  That’s all I can think of at the moment.  Good luck, Dave!

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seats out sounds like a good idea, more real estate to move around in. Had not thought about that.

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Take pictures & label any wiring that isn't obvious where it goes.  Seats out is a very good idea.   (easy with 280 seats)

Dash looks great buy the way....

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As Jim ^^^ said, labeling the wiring connectors is a good idea.  I have everything labeled, and after 15+ months, I still know how to hook things back up.

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Another thought is that the dash is a bit awkward, so an extra pair of hands to guide it out is kind of handy.

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😐...I think seats out is a waste of time. Slide them back and you have more than enough room. Done this twice. The only wires that could be confused is the three black wires on left side behind vent. All other wires are super easy to figure were they go back.

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maybe a dumb question, but I assume the gauges etc.. all stay attached to the metal frame, with the dash pad just fitting over? or will I have to remove gauges, install pad, then re install gauges thru the openings in the pad?

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I don't remember where all the attachment screws are for holding the foam onto the steel frame, but once the dash is on the bench, taking the gauges out is easy.

I would probably just pull them. Do anything you can to make the install of the more delicate foam portion easier.

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12 minutes ago, Dave WM said:

maybe a dumb question, but I assume the gauges etc.. all stay attached to the metal frame, with the dash pad just fitting over? or will I have to remove gauges, install pad, then re install gauges thru the openings in the pad?

Gauges come out. Again, easy process. The only thing I find cumbersome in the whole ordeal is taking the choke bracket off the center console when removing. One tip, undo the choke cables from the valve cover if they are attached to a bracket. This allows you to pull the cables through the firewall more and makes it easier to access. Not sure if this applies to your car.

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steering wheel off, column left in place but unbolted so it can tip down for more clearance?

I plan to do a video.

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interesting video on a dash removal. He is doing a complete strip down, hence removed the steering column. Looks like if the wheel was off the dash could be worked out without removing.

 

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5 minutes ago, Dave WM said:

interesting video on a dash removal. He is doing a complete strip down, hence removed the steering column. Looks like if the wheel was off the dash could be worked out without removing.

 

Two bolts to remove column from dash bracket. Once dash is out you can put screws back in to support column temporarily.

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When I removed my dash, I pulled the steering column since I planned to remove some surface rust on the firewall and re-insulate it.  It’s helpful, but not necessary if I recall correctly.

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On my 240 I dropped the steering column and then bolted back up once the dash was out. Haven’t had a weekend to get my new dash on the frame, but should get some time this weekend. I need to get new bulbs for my dash lights.

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I am going to be taking a very close look at how the glove box door is attached to my donor frame/pad. that should give a good indication of the fidelity of the reproduction at least in that area.

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They look nice! It's like a nice shiny front tooth inside a mouthful of coffee stained teeth. 😁

Now y'all are going to have to do the whole interior. But they do look good.

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I am glad I have the donor dash, will be taking a lot of video to aid in the location of removal screws.

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