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Dash Pad removal
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Hello,

I have looked at all the post's on this site concerning the steps to remove the Dash pad on a 73 convertible. I have followed all diretions ... removed every screw I can find and the pad will not come off. I can lift up the front edge of the pad furthest from the windshield about .50". That is it, what am I missing ? Along the same lines ... how do I removed the passenger side plastic dash board ? The part that has the seatbelt warning light in it and above the glovebox. Again, removed all the screws I can find and it is not loose at all. Thanks !
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for the 73 there are 2 screws right under the windshield for the top metal with the Vin on it attached to the pad.
if you did remove those then you have very tight clips holding the pad to the dash frame.

there are if i remember correctly 3 clips that hold the back of the dash top down, you need to give the pad a good yank towards the seats to pop them. use a glove and get a good hold on the pad and then pull back fast it should pop the clips.
it should release the metal dash top and pad together so you can get to the nuts that hold the dash pad on so you can replace it.

the glove box surround has 4 bind nuts that hold it to the frame. take the glove box insert out. remove the glove box door.
disconnect the battery. then above the glove box is the dash buzzer and blinker, some relays on a metal door. remove the 2 screws so it drops down, and you will have access to the 3 blind nuts. the 4th nut is on the side piece that drops down next to the glove box on the left side.
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72HCODE;248015 Wrote:for the 73 there are 2 screws right under the windshield for the top metal with the Vin on it attached to the pad.
if you did remove those then you have very tight clips holding the pad to the dash frame.

there are if i remember correctly 3 clips that hold the back of the dash top down, you need to give the pad a good yank towards the seats to pop them. use a glove and get a good hold on the pad and then pull back fast it should pop the clips.
it should release the metal dash top and pad together so you can get to the nuts that hold the dash pad on so you can replace it.

the glove box surround has 4 bind nuts that hold it to the frame. take the glove box insert out. remove the glove box door.
disconnect the battery. then above the glove box is the dash buzzer and blinker, some relays on a metal door. remove the 2 screws so it drops down, and you will have access to the 3 blind nuts. the 4th nut is on the side piece that drops down next to the glove box on the left side.

Sounds good ... thanks for the advice ... I'll let you know how it goes !
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72HCODE;248015 Wrote:for the 73 there are 2 screws right under the windshield for the top metal with the Vin on it attached to the pad.
if you did remove those then you have very tight clips holding the pad to the dash frame.

there are if i remember correctly 3 clips that hold the back of the dash top down, you need to give the pad a good yank towards the seats to pop them. use a glove and get a good hold on the pad and then pull back fast it should pop the clips.
it should release the metal dash top and pad together so you can get to the nuts that hold the dash pad on so you can replace it.

the glove box surround has 4 bind nuts that hold it to the frame. take the glove box insert out. remove the glove box door.
disconnect the battery. then above the glove box is the dash buzzer and blinker, some relays on a metal door. remove the 2 screws so it drops down, and you will have access to the 3 blind nuts. the 4th nut is on the side piece that drops down next to the glove box on the left side.

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Did this several times thumb

Here is a good thread about with pictures:

http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-how-t...3-dash-pad

And don't forget the two screws on top of the metal dash part as mentioned! I forgot that in the past and I pulled as an idiot an nothing moved since I... well, reminded Big Grin Here you can see them:

[Image: 20140411_212745qzrk0.jpg]

Tim

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly Angel
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#5
Yeah, once you have the screws out you have to pull it really hard. I actually broke 2 clips trying to get mine out but they are readily available so don't worry if one breaks.

-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

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jbojo;248022 Wrote:Yeah, once you have the screws out you have to pull it really hard. I actually broke 2 clips trying to get mine out but they are readily available so don't worry if one breaks.

3 Dollars for 3 - don't ask how I know that... Big Grin

Same happens to me!

Tim

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly Angel
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#7
Hello,

I was able to get the dash pad out without breaking any clips ... what a pain ... thought for sure I would break something. Hope it goes back in easier then it came out. Have a follow up question. I was able to install the guage cluster once the dash pad was off, but still did not have great access to the speedometer cable. I was able to get it back on. I thought once it was inserted you were supposed to turn the sleeve to lock the speedo cable in place. I tried turning the collar both ways and it did not seem to make any difference. The cable would not disconnect from the speedo. Just want to make sure I have it right ... don't want to go thru this again. Some had said that the speedo cable locks in place automatically once it is pushed on. Not sure which it is ... don't think it could come off anyways as it really had no play and does not move anyways. Open to any advice ... thanks.


naa10104;248017 Wrote:
72HCODE;248015 Wrote:for the 73 there are 2 screws right under the windshield for the top metal with the Vin on it attached to the pad.
if you did remove those then you have very tight clips holding the pad to the dash frame.

there are if i remember correctly 3 clips that hold the back of the dash top down, you need to give the pad a good yank towards the seats to pop them. use a glove and get a good hold on the pad and then pull back fast it should pop the clips.
it should release the metal dash top and pad together so you can get to the nuts that hold the dash pad on so you can replace it.

the glove box surround has 4 bind nuts that hold it to the frame. take the glove box insert out. remove the glove box door.
disconnect the battery. then above the glove box is the dash buzzer and blinker, some relays on a metal door. remove the 2 screws so it drops down, and you will have access to the 3 blind nuts. the 4th nut is on the side piece that drops down next to the glove box on the left side.

Sounds good ... thanks for the advice ... I'll let you know how it goes !
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#8
You just push it in and it locks.

-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

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#9
THANKS !!!



jbojo;248100 Wrote:You just push it in and it locks.
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