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Old 07-16-2011, 10:26 PM
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Default Dash Pad Replacement

This is one of those jobs on a square bird that is not for the faint of heart.
In order to get proper fit on the 58 and 59 birds with the current replacement pad you will need to trim much of the padding on the inside of the pad. This is very time consuming and will require much patience. No other way to describe what needs to be done. The ridges on the front edge of the replacement pad need to fit under the trim on the front of the dash nearest the windshield. If the dash pad ribs are visible as in most of the pics, the dash is not installed correctly.

Ford did not make a replacement for the 59/60 pad but only made the 60 style.

I can help if needed but to actually go thru the install here would be more like a book.

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Old 07-17-2011, 06:40 AM
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Just a note. Mine (the red one) is a 1960. I think Rays (yellow) is a 59.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:21 AM
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Actually it was only to about mid-59 that the dash had the metal trim around the inside. After that it was changed to the '60 style of all vinyl. Regardless the metal windshield trim should fit in the groove around the lip of the dash pad. As mentioned earlier if the groove is visible the pad or the trim is not installed correctly. Most times not enough padding was removed and the pad is too short of the windshield. Even so I've never seen a factory dash that didn't have a gap between the trim and the windshield.

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Old 07-17-2011, 12:56 PM
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Default Gap between Dash and Windshield

Yup, mine is a '59 Squarebird.

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