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Scott
05-05-2015, 01:56 PM
Can someone please tell me how I can get the "def" and "heat" knobs off the dash controls so I can remove the dash overlay on my 1966 Cruiser? I need to replace the overlay and that means these knobs have to come off. Thanks.

garrilla
05-05-2015, 09:07 PM
Scott, if they're the same as my 63 Lark they pry off. Just make sure to pry them strait off as there are clips that hold them quite firmly.

Scott
05-05-2015, 09:52 PM
Yes, they're the same ones. I'll have to find a way to do it gently so I don't have an accident with them coming off all of a sudden while I'm pulling really hard. I'll use a cloth and pliers, at least. Thanks.

garrilla
05-05-2015, 10:07 PM
Scott, I used a tool for removing door clips. It's about the size of a screwdriver and the end is U shaped. It;s necessary to pry on both sides of the lever to keep it level as it comes off.

Scott
05-05-2015, 10:58 PM
Scott, I used a tool for removing door clips. It's about the size of a screwdriver and the end is U shaped. It;s necessary to pry on both sides of the lever to keep it level as it comes off.
I see. For any simple task I sense the inevitable hullabaloo over getting it done. I'm glad you told me the kind of tool I need. Thanks.

Scott
05-06-2015, 02:52 PM
I got the tool and got them off. This was almost the easiest thing I've gotten away with. I know my car is keeping track of it's score vs. mine. Right now I think it's about 25 to 3.

garrilla
05-06-2015, 06:53 PM
I got the tool and got them off. This was almost the easiest thing I've gotten away with. I know my car is keeping track of it's score vs. mine. Right now I think it's about 25 to 3.

That's great! It's always nice when things go as planed.

Scott
05-06-2015, 08:44 PM
Yes, it is!
One more important question: I have the woodgrain/metal applique off the dash panel and I will need to glue the new one in place. Do you know what glue would work best? I'm not inclined to use epoxy because if it produces heat it might damage the woodgrain. The stuff left behind was obviously rather thick and is yellow/brown. I'm planning on scraping most of it off. I wonder if it was hide glue. Whatever I use, it should be able to withstand temperature up to 150 F (hot car in the sun) and maybe -30 or so.

I'm open to suggestions.

garrilla
05-06-2015, 08:51 PM
Yes, it is!
One more important question: I have the woodgrain/metal applique off the dash panel and I will need to glue the new one in place. Do you know what glue would work best? I'm not inclined to use epoxy because if it produces heat it might damage the woodgrain. The stuff left behind was obviously rather thick and is yellow/brown. I'm planning on scraping most of it off. I wonder if it was hide glue. Whatever I use, it should be able to withstand temperature up to 150 F (hot car in the sun) and maybe -30 or so.

I'm open to suggestions.
Scott, sorry I can't help with that one. My dash has a sand blasted appearance to it. I have used 520 contact adhesive on many glue ups with success though.

dickeedee
05-06-2015, 08:54 PM
I got the tool and got them off. This was almost the easiest thing I've gotten away with. I know my car is keeping track of it's score vs. mine. Right now I think it's about 25 to 3.

I know mine is!
I lost it tonight in the garage, I was swinging a chunk of 4x4 around howling at this car that won't stop leaking.
Had to keep my back to it, or I would have taken the glass out.
Dropped it off the jack, and smoked the tires off to the street and left it there.
I can tell the twin traction is working.
The dog won't even look at me now.

Scott
05-06-2015, 09:10 PM
I know mine is!
I lost it tonight in the garage, I was swinging a chunk of 4x4 around howling at this car that won't stop leaking.
Had to keep my back to it, or I would have taken the glass out.
Dropped it off the jack, and smoked the tires off to the street and left it there.
I can tell the twin traction is working.
The dog won't even look at me now.

So it's not just me? Maybe you should put a tarp over it for a week or two and pretend it doesn't exist. People tell me anything can be fixed (I don't always believe them).

dickeedee
05-06-2015, 09:15 PM
It's back in the garage , sitting in the dark, getting a time out.
I hope it's thinking about changing its behaviour ...

Skip Lackie
05-07-2015, 07:41 AM
Yes, it is!
One more important question: I have the woodgrain/metal applique off the dash panel and I will need to glue the new one in place. Do you know what glue would work best? I'm not inclined to use epoxy because if it produces heat it might damage the woodgrain. The stuff left behind was obviously rather thick and is yellow/brown. I'm planning on scraping most of it off. I wonder if it was hide glue. Whatever I use, it should be able to withstand temperature up to 150 F (hot car in the sun) and maybe -30 or so.

I'm open to suggestions.

3M makes a complete line of automotive spray-on adhesives for specific applications. They work very well if you follow the instructions (and not so good if you don't -- as I know very well). The heaviest duty stuff is number 8090, which is for headliners and stuff subject to gravity. You probably don't need that one. They're available at all automotive paint outlets and many FLAPS.

Scott
05-07-2015, 10:31 AM
3M makes a complete line of automotive spray-on adhesives for specific applications. They work very well if you follow the instructions (and not so good if you don't -- as I know very well). The heaviest duty stuff is number 8090, which is for headliners and stuff subject to gravity. You probably don't need that one. They're available at all automotive paint outlets and many FLAPS.
Thanks, Skip. I'm going to see if I can get any of that stuff in non-spray because I've decided that I can put the new applique panel on with the heavy cast metal panel still in the car. I've taken all the gauges out, but it looks to be still quite a hassle to get that cast piece out. I'm going to look at it again today.

Skip Lackie
05-07-2015, 03:34 PM
Some of them are also available in brush-on form. Can't remember which ones. Another thought: drop by a body shop -- they'll recommend the right stuff and maybe sell you a can.

Scott
05-07-2015, 04:11 PM
That's a good idea. :)

Scott
05-07-2015, 04:33 PM
Skip,

Here is a photo of what I've done with the speedometer I bought from you for this project.
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Skip Lackie
05-07-2015, 07:06 PM
Great! Looks like it found a good home.

studebakerkid
05-08-2015, 11:22 AM
I thought that Studebakers required a blood letting just to work on them......

Scott
05-08-2015, 12:58 PM
I thought that Studebakers required a blood letting just to work on them......
I did scrape my hands getting the gauges out and they bled a little. Does that count?