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    I was looking in my shop manual on how to do this, but it only shows how to pull everything at once. is there a way of just removing the dash pad and leaving everything else alone. (56 flighthawk) thanks for any help.

  • #2
    not really. the dash pad is glued onto the dash, which is all one piece. However, it is not incredibly challenging to pull the whole dash out to work on it. You need to remove the entire front harness, and drop the steering column and parking brake handle. Then disconnect the speedo cable and whatever other levers are hanging under the dash (OD, vent control, etc.) pull the front harness back through the firewall grommet and then remove the dash with the wiring harness attached to it (it's MUCH easier to remove the harness connections under the hood than to try to remove it from behind the dash to leave it in the car.)

    nate

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    • #3
      That explains why its not in the manual lol.so if I undo the harness from the firewall drop everything you mention the dash should just come out. you don't have to do anything with the gauges other than disconnect the speedo.sounds easy enough.

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      • #4
        once I get this all out I want to paint the dash do you know what color black it should be?

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        • #5
          Since I don't own a car of your model, I'm not sure of this comment, but if you have mechanical temperature and oil pressure gauges, you will need to pay close attention to them. If they are electrical, the wires are part of the wiring harness.

          John Clary
          Greer, SC

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          John Clary
          Greer, SC

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          • #6
            good point, the temp gauge is electrical but the oil press is mechanical.

            you could try to glue a new dash pad on by simply moving the dash away from the firewall a little but not removing it - I have done this before but I also didn't ave an old pad in the way. That might prove more difficult.

            nate

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            • #7
              I took a good look at it today and I think what I can do is mask it off and paint the pad in the car with a air brush the stuff whats on there now is just rubbing off in my hands. any idea what color black it should be?

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