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Old 03-08-2018, 09:08 AM
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Was looking around for info on removing the radio from my '66 when I happened upon a Corvettedennis YouTube video using dashboard extension rods to bring the dashboard forward. The are 5" or so threaded rods that replace the screws in your dash that allow you to move the dash in to help you get behind it. Has anyone seen these rods? Where can I get some?
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Was looking around for info on removing the radio from my '66 when I happened upon a Corvettedennis YouTube video using dashboard extension rods to bring the dashboard forward. The are 5" or so threaded rods that replace the screws in your dash that allow you to move the dash in to help you get behind it. Has anyone seen these rods? Where can I get some?
You can just use 1/4" all thread stock. Cut them to whatever length you need (6").
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They're typically just home-made; use 1/4-20 'all-thread' or long 1/4-20 machine screws.
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They're typically just home-made; use 1/4-20 'all-thread' or long 1/4-20 machine screws.
Absolutely - not rocket science...
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I used 1/4-20 by 6" carriage bolts from Ace Hardware. Try Lowe's or Home Depot. Pull the seat out and add a pillow or foam in its place so you don't kill your back. Jerry
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Old 03-08-2018, 12:58 PM
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Get one of those LED Coleman headlamp lights for working under the dash.

Although you're not really a Corvette 'guy' until you've been upside down in the footwell, both arms elbow deep in the dash wiring harness when that aluminum incandescent drop light housing rolls up against your cheek to the point you hear meat frying.

Real man stuff, that is...
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Take you seat out. It makes all the difference in slightly better contorting. Dennis
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
Get one of those LED Coleman headlamp lights for working under the dash.

Although you're not really a Corvette 'guy' until you've been upside down in the footwell, both arms elbow deep in the dash wiring harness when that aluminum incandescent drop light housing rolls up against your cheek to the point you hear meat frying.

Real man stuff, that is...
Oh yeah. Been there, just replaced the front speaker. Used a small LED flashlight in my mouth. Gotta get something with LED light, doesn't get hot, maybe one of those that look like a 6 inch ruler???
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Originally Posted by Bluestripe67 View Post
Take you seat out. It makes all the difference in slightly better contorting. Dennis
True. God bless ya, you're really getting your monies worth out of your Vette It's so easy to get the seats out too.
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Oh yeah. Been there, just replaced the front speaker. Used a small LED flashlight in my mouth. Gotta get something with LED light, doesn't get hot, maybe one of those that look like a 6 inch ruler???
Go buy a reasonable priced miner light. You know the headband with an adjustable led light. They are cheap and frees both of your hands. Amazing the light actually illluminates what you are looking at.

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You shouldn't have to pull the dash out to remove your radio. Pull the center console left and right kick panels, Shift **** and the console trim plate section. I pulled my glove box out also. The radio is a tight fit. I just recently did mine. I wanted an upgraded radio and speaker. Hope this helps.
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You shouldn't have to pull the dash out to remove your radio. Pull the center console left and right kick panels, Shift **** and the console trim plate section. I pulled my glove box out also. The radio is a tight fit. I just recently did mine. I wanted an upgraded radio and speaker. Hope this helps.
True, I just happened on the extension rod thing a thought they'd be good to have in the tool box - just in case. Didn't need to take the console out but needed to take the glove box out to do the speaker. I also removed the heater duct - the small elbow at the end.
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Originally Posted by SoCalErv View Post

Go buy a reasonable priced miner light. You know the headband with an adjustable led light. They are cheap and frees both of your hands. Amazing the light actually illluminates what you are looking at.
Great idea! Thanks
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Misunderstood that one. Anyway glad we both got it done. Great idea on the extension rods for sure. Have Fun.
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Absolutely - not rocket science...
How did you remove the headlight and windshield wipe *****. I want to buff them with my Dremel tool?
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Old 03-09-2018, 11:17 AM
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The wiper **** has a set screw and a cut out in the bezel to access the set screw on the ****. I haven't pulled my headlight switch, but back in the day GM put a button on the backside of the headlight switch that you can push and the **** and shaft would pull out together, I believe this switch follows suite. Good luck.
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RAQ pretty much has it... Wiper switch is easy...the headlight switches do indeed have a small silver button on the bottom that you push to release the dash **** and shaft by pulling outward while depressing the button. Then you can unscrew the threaded ring using a tool designed for it, needle nose pliers (be CAREFUL they don't slip) or, if you work on waterproof watches, one of those tools to remove the back (as shown)...

Then just remove the electrical connector.
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
Then you can unscrew the threaded ring using a tool designed for it, needle nose pliers (be CAREFUL they don't slip) or, if you work on waterproof watches, one of those tools to remove the back (as shown)...

Then just remove the electrical connector.
That's pretty slick--I bought the tool from LIC to take off the ring--wasn't a lot and glad I had it.
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SoCalErv & Sal.

You are right on about that "headlight LED". I picked this one up at Home Depot.

Yours truly looking for hair





I do have a related question in regards to pulling the cluster partially out. I've done this...years ago...so I've 'slept since I did this' Does that oil line to the gauge have enough slack (coiled) allowing you to move her out like I see in Frankie's pic? Thinking I may need to do this to replace all the bulbs with LED's.

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