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Old 08-25-2009, 04:42 AM
Clem Clem is offline
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Default Behind the dash

Ever wonder what was really behind that dash you look at every time you drive?
I don't, because I have had a lot of them apart, rewiring the '34 Ford Coupe my friend bought in high school for $10, was my introduction. That was a lot of money in 1962. And those dashes were all metal and that one, as well as many others through the mid to late 60's were not removable, without some serious, and careful cutting, especially if you were going to reuse it. Then you had to figure how to bolt or weld it back in. To my 02 Ranger that had a burnt wiring smell and I decided to find out why, I still don't know where the smell was coming from, just that is hasn't been present for a year or more.
I pulled the dash out of my B II to upgrade to a newer style, and color, as the color scheme I am after wasn't offered in 86, so I thought I would put the dash from the 92 Explorer I picked up for parts, would go into it. I will make a trip to the local ASY to see if the ones I saw a month ago are still there. Get the idea.
Don't get me wrong I am sure I could make it fit, with enough fabrication and figuring, I just not that interested until I see what else is offered.
Removing the dash from the B II was pretty easy, have done it before. Removing the dash from the Explorer was more difficult and took way more time, about 3 hours, but I didn't cut any wires.
Anyway, the history is over, the pics are of B II with the hated canyon red interior.

And the 92 Explorer, that I will need parts off of for my engine transplant project.

I found a really good write up with a lot of pictures on another forum, showing how to remove the dash from the 1st Generation Explorer, that really helped.
Advise: When you find things that show you how to do some thing you think you will want to do later, copy it in its entirety into MS word or similar, cut out the garbage, such as adds, print it out and save the copy you cleaned up so you can print it out later for your buddy who is going to do the same job. You may also want to post it some where else.

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