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Old 10-13-2009, 11:46 AM
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anyone know how to take the dash out of an 83 i need to get behind to gauge cluster to replace some lights. the dash pad and everything is loose but i dont want to break anything and i feel there is a trick or something to get it out?
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Old 10-13-2009, 02:05 PM
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On my 89 the little bezel around the gauges just pulled off and then you unbolt the gauge cluster and it's out
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:12 PM
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Thats what it looks like is supposed to happen but theres kind of like a lip on the dash pad over it and it definately doesn't come out easily, seems like the dash pad is supposed to come off first, im not sure, i'll just keep playin with it
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:21 PM
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When I took the cluster out of my 87, I broke a couple of nipples, but I never had a problem with it not seating correctly.

The main thing I have found, is if you can reach up under the dash and disconnect the Speedo cable, it comes out easier.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:02 PM
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k thanks
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:00 PM
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Sounds like you have the general idea, when I painted my gauge bezel I found it easier to remove the whole dash. But that's just me.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:04 PM
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once you got all the screws out from the defroster and all that did it just pull out?

and also do you have pics of the bezel painted because i was thinking of making mine black while it was out
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:07 PM
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Yeah. The whole thing just pulled right out. And when I get my camera back I'll post some pics ASAP
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