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73 Dash Pad replacement
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(04-13-2019, 05:50 PM)Mikesro Wrote:
(04-12-2019, 09:46 PM)Mikesro Wrote:
(04-07-2019, 08:59 AM)Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs Wrote: You will need to remove the screws along the top underside of the dash. The 73 also has two more phillips screws just in front of the pad coming down from the top. As stated there are spring clips in the front. You lift up slightly and pull to the rear. I think you need to take the two end caps off also one metal one plastic.
I have mine out right now.

ok, thank you. All the screws are out and the pad is loose and will raise up freely. End caps are also off. I was afraid to pull the whole thing out because I didn't want to bend or break anything.  I gave it some mild pull but it didn't move a bit.  I am almost positive it has never been removed in 46 years and it seems really stuck in there. Another guy said just lift and pull it straight back, HARD.  I'm worried someone has replaced the windshield at some point and got sloppy with the urethane glue. Now that can be holding the top plate in there extra tight.  I'm working up the courage to try it tomorrow. I hope it goes well. thanks.

FOLLOW UP.  The Dash Pad and Top Metal are finally out. There are 2 phillips screws on the TOP of the dash just behind the front pad lip, those were missed. I thought the 2 screws mentioned were in the top of the Center Dash Bezel which also need to be removed. Didn't need a ton of pull force once ALL the screws were removed.  I will add some Pix when re-installed. Thanks to all.

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Here's the old girl just grinnin' in the driveway! She finally gave up the fight on that hammered dash pad and she knows the new "dress" is coming soon! Smile
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Some dash panels have those two screws and some don't. I assume they added the screws to eliminate rattles.

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