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The right order to assemble the dashboard
#1
Hi again,
I have a 71 mach 1 winth center gauges and AC.
I bought the car dismantled and now putting it back and asking now the right order to put the bits and pieces back to not make it too difficult.
Especially the center panel with gauges is a mystery to install.
Where is it actually attached to the dashboard frame ?

I have the dashboard out of the car now so should the center panel be attached now or when the dashboard is already in the car ?

Also the ventilation channels - to attach them now or in the car ?

I noticed an interesting challenge as well.
I have bought a center speaker ( with large magnet) for the dashboard assembly but noticed that the center air duct is on the way of the speaker magnet.This car never had a dash speaker I presume... The only way - as I see it - is to make a hole in the plastic duct to get the speaker mounted down enough to fit under the dash top. This speaker is sold as a mach 1 dash speaker with stereo domes attached inside and apparently has a better sound and the bigger magnet as well as the original... Could the speaker be installed at the back of the glove box facing down - has anybody had the same situation ?
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#2
Wrench 
Higgins56,

Recommend to build the dash as a sub assembly. Do you have the camera case bezel that covers the right hand side of the dash? If so install first. Next,you will need to install the headlight, cigarette lighter, and windshield wiper/washer switches along with their retainers and outside bezels to the dash board. Also, if you have the rear window defroster, install switch and on light indicator. Next, install the right hand air vent register along with the Dash Bezel (044B16). Install the left hand ventilation duct (19C692) to the dash. Next, install the dash wiring harness. I have included the Ford Master Parts illustration . Tie off or let the harness plugs hang down, the harness extensions that connects to the rear to taillight fuel light harness. Also, the under dash lights can be installed after dash installation. Next, install the Integral A/C Ducts

The center dash speaker was an option and was not that big. There should be a bracket that ties to the cowl and dash. Install after dash installed.

Make sure the Instrument Panel Brace to Cowl Side Panel (045F38) and Instrument panel Brace (04510) are installed and connected to the Brake Pedal Support (01508). Install loosely,
to the side body frame, Instrument Panel to Cowl Side Bracket (04366/04367). Install the assembled Dash panel. Insert dash bolts loosely.

The center console is attached via the radio and A/C control Bezel and two screws into the dash pad. Insert the 4 screws in the A/C and radio bezel loosely.

This should help you get on your way to installing your dash board.

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Source: Ford Motor Master Parts Catalog


Thank You,

mustang7173
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#3
mustang7173;129997 Wrote:Higgins56,

Recommend to build the dash as a sub assembly. Do you have the camera case bezel that covers the right hand side of the dash? If so install first. Next,you will need to install the headlight, cigarette lighter, and windshield wiper/washer switches along with their retainers and outside bezels to the dash board. Also, if you have the rear window defroster, install switch and on light indicator. Next, install the right hand air vent register along with the Dash Bezel (044B16). Install the left hand ventilation duct (19C692) to the dash. Next, install the dash wiring harness. I have included the Ford Master Parts illustration . Tie off or let the harness plugs hang down, the harness extensions that connects to the rear to taillight fuel light harness. Also, the under dash lights can be installed after dash installation. Next, install the Integral A/C Ducts

The center dash speaker was an option and was not that big. There should be a bracket that ties to the cowl and dash. Install after dash installed.

Make sure the Instrument Panel Brace to Cowl Side Panel (045F38) and Instrument panel Brace (04510) are installed and connected to the Brake Pedal Support (01508). Install loosely,
to the side body frame, Instrument Panel to Cowl Side Bracket (04366/04367). Install the assembled Dash panel. Insert dash bolts loosely.

The center console is attached via the radio and A/C control Bezel and two screws into the dash pad. Insert the 4 screws in the A/C and radio bezel loosely.

This should help you get on your way to installing your dash board.

[Image: 5va9zr.jpg]

[Image: 348slu1.jpg]

[Image: oaotif.jpg]

[Image: a160d2.jpg]


Source: Ford Motor Master Parts Catalog


Thank You,

mustang7173
Great posting
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#4
caspianwendell;130018 Wrote:
mustang7173;129997 Wrote:Higgins56,
Thanks a lot of your advice - this will help a lot !


Recommend to build the dash as a sub assembly. Do you have the camera case bezel that covers the right hand side of the dash? If so install first. Next,you will need to install the headlight, cigarette lighter, and windshield wiper/washer switches along with their retainers and outside bezels to the dash board. Also, if you have the rear window defroster, install switch and on light indicator. Next, install the right hand air vent register along with the Dash Bezel (044B16). Install the left hand ventilation duct (19C692) to the dash. Next, install the dash wiring harness. I have included the Ford Master Parts illustration . Tie off or let the harness plugs hang down, the harness extensions that connects to the rear to taillight fuel light harness. Also, the under dash lights can be installed after dash installation. Next, install the Integral A/C Ducts

The center dash speaker was an option and was not that big. There should be a bracket that ties to the cowl and dash. Install after dash installed.

Make sure the Instrument Panel Brace to Cowl Side Panel (045F38) and Instrument panel Brace (04510) are installed and connected to the Brake Pedal Support (01508). Install loosely,
to the side body frame, Instrument Panel to Cowl Side Bracket (04366/04367). Install the assembled Dash panel. Insert dash bolts loosely.

The center console is attached via the radio and A/C control Bezel and two screws into the dash pad. Insert the 4 screws in the A/C and radio bezel loosely.

This should help you get on your way to installing your dash board.

[Image: 5va9zr.jpg]

[Image: 348slu1.jpg]

[Image: oaotif.jpg]

[Image: a160d2.jpg]


Source: Ford Motor Master Parts Catalog


Thank You,

mustang7173
Great posting
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#5
+1 you guys got it all covered.

you can always remove some things off the sub assembly to save weight or install later.

the biggest thing to install first would be the firewall insulation and clips.
Next if the car is equipped with A/C you want to install the Fan box and the A/C heater core/evaporator box.
these bolt directly to the firewall.

Things like the radio and A/C climate controls you can install after the dash is bolted back onto the chassis.
you could also install the A/C Venting and instrument panels and covers and glove box later if you wish.

as a totally assembled unit the Dash board is VERY VERY heavy so you need 2 people supporting it on both sides, you may need to remove the doors to prevent damage. you may also want a 3rd person inside the car getting the bolts started with the 2 people supporting it. the reason is also if you have all the refinished plastic covers you could damage it trying to shoe horn things in place.

the biggest issue is if you have a A/C system you need that installed right after the insulation everything else you can shoehorn in the dash or around the dash, granted it isn't as easy as bolting the entire thing as one unit but it might be more practical for a tighter space to have a more stripped down unit to save weight.

defiantly install the wiring harness and clips, you can install the relays and accessories above the glove box last easily, i found it was the same pain in the butt to install the instrument cluster either with the dash or after, the speedo cable is a giant pain either way its really easy to not get the cable to click in place correctly. The illumination on the gauges can be a monster pain also because the twist in bulb sockets might develop a bad contact when installing the dash as a unit then you have to go back and restrip the dash and pull the cluster again to figure out why bulbs stopped working.

I have a photo somewhere of when i put the dash frame back in my car i had to have the thing totally stripped so i could lift it and then later work around it to install all the vents and piping, it took me a month of working 6-8 hours a night to completely reassemble and refurbish my interior. That was on tops of months of work i did to refurbish all the sub assemblies and discover missing and broken parts
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#6
72HCODE;130068 Wrote:it took me a month of working 6-8 hours a night to completely reassemble and refurbish my interior. That was on tops of months of work i did to refurbish all the sub assemblies and discover missing and broken parts

I see stuff like this and it scares the s*&# out of me!!!
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#7
sdstang;130087 Wrote:
72HCODE;130068 Wrote:it took me a month of working 6-8 hours a night to completely reassemble and refurbish my interior. That was on tops of months of work i did to refurbish all the sub assemblies and discover missing and broken parts

I see stuff like this and it scares the s*&# out of me!!!



That's why you do a little at a time, don't look at it like I need to rebuild my entire interior. Look at it like today I'm going to unbolt the front seats first, then see how I feel and pull the rear if the front goes well. Then start on the interior panels. And you take photos and document everything work slow.

You are building up your confidence, and expirance, and how much frustration you can tolerate in one session. Some days you make lots of progress some days you walk backwards
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#8
Take lots of photos along the way... Remember, it's only scary the first time... Not giving it a go would be your biggest mistake... There's all the help you could ever want on this site... Go for it...

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Jim
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#9
Thanks guys,
I really appreciate your comments and advise.
As the technical advisor says the assembly is not a continuous progress and one day you may have to dismantle what you just did...especially in my case when you have bought the car dismantled and with some parts you just wonder if they really belong to this car Smile....

Old plastic things are surpringly vulnerable and sometimes you have to use some power unfortunately in awkward mounting positions which may bring you to the limits of the part in question...so TRY to take it easy and have a brake rather than try to rush through
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