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Old 06-02-2011, 09:43 PM
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Under the Technical area on the site. I am trying to follow the instructions for the dash removal. I wish we had a step by step pictures of the fasteners to remove. I thought I had them all but the **** thing moves a little but won't budge. Do they get stuck in there? I'm not the kind of person to force things unless I know they need a little force. I have taken the suggestions, I think from Dave and that is when frustrated, walk away. Well I work on it a few hours an evening after work and I am into my 3rd day of walking away. The 430 engine was easier to get out.
Hopefully it will fall out soon. I'm picking up the new dash this weekend fro Tbird hdqtrs. Anyone else have this experience?
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:19 PM
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What part of the dash can't you get out. If it's the frame I can only say that I've done three '60 dash pads in my time and I've never taken the frame out. I've always fitted the dash pad over the frame while it's been in the car. Are you doing a late 59-'60 or an early '59 which is different.
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you have removed all the little screws located just under the inside of the windshield?
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What part of the dash can't you get out. If it's the frame I can only say that I've done three '60 dash pads in my time and I've never taken the frame out. I've always fitted the dash pad over the frame while it's been in the car. Are you doing a late 59-'60 or an early '59 which is different.
It's a 60. I've never heard of leaving the metal on. I thought the pad was attached with fasteners from the inside?
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you have removed all the little screws located just under the inside of the windshield?
Yup...I think there were 7 of them
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The pad is just form fit over the metal. The original was glued in place. The new pad doesn't need to be glued. It's held in place by the instrument panel, glove box trim, radio trim and moldings.
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The pad is just form fit over the metal. The original was glued in place. The new pad doesn't need to be glued. It's held in place by the instrument panel, glove box trim, radio trim and moldings.
Well...that would certainly be easier. I pick the pad up tomorrow and will definately check it out. I'm wondering why we have the procedure in our technical area if the sheet metal does not need to be removed. It should be mentioned at the beginning of that restoration section. Maybe Yellow Rose or one of the other administrators can chime in here...Martin
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The only reason that I can see to remove the metal on a '60 is to clean it outside the car to eliminate the mess it makes. Plus trimming the dash inside the car gives you a better idea how close you are to the windshield so the moldings will fit right. Jim Dottling posted the first instructions for replacing a dash about 35 years ago in one of the VTCI scoops and that's what I've been going by all these years. He never made any mention of taking the metal frame out and Jim could probably do it blindfolded in an hour. The early '59's are different. They probably should be taken out to do it right. I have one that needs to be done and I'm not looking forward to it. As for the instructions on the technical site it's not wrong to do it that way if you want. I'm sure that's how the factory originally did it. It just seems like a lot of extra work plus the risk of damage to your interior trying to get it out.

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I cannot tell you why Alexander decided to remove the whole dash component, metal and all. Perhaps it was for the reason that jopizz stated in his post. Perhaps some of the old timers who knew Alexander well and talked with him a lot can tell us why he decided to take out the frame also.
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I have gone through a lot of work to get this far with the dash. I have no problem stopping and trying to put it on as jopizz describes. Perhaps we can add that to Alexanders method at the top of the page.
Hopefully some other members in here can chime in if they have changed their dash pads...Martin
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