Notices
C1 & C2 Corvettes General C1 Corvette & C2 Corvette Discussion, Technical Info, Performance Upgrades, Project Builds, Restorations
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

[C2] Passenger Side Dash Pad

 
Old 01-15-2019, 09:24 AM
  #21  
Yellow6t7
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Sep 2001
Location: East Coast
Posts: 555
Thanked 15 Times in 13 Posts
Default

Would like to thank everyone who responded to this post. Since I never replaced my dash pads I followed this post with interest.
I have restored nearly everything on my car except for the dash pads. Never did I think the process was a difficult as has been explained here.
It certainly appears the best way to replace dash pads is to remove the entire dash unit.
Thanks again for the enlightenment!
Yellow6t7 is offline  
Old 01-15-2019, 10:40 AM
  #22  
Frankie the Fink
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Frankie the Fink's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2007
Location: Orlando Metro Area Florida
Posts: 47,207
Thanked 3,307 Times in 2,626 Posts
Default

The only onerous part is removing the instrument cluster to pull the dash frame....everything else is straight-forward...

As to the cluster pull, as the Navy SEALS say, just "embrace the suck" and do it...
Frankie the Fink is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 11:49 PM
  #23  
59BlueSilver
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
59BlueSilver's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 2013
Location: Arlington TX
Posts: 2,670
Thanked 137 Times in 118 Posts
Default

Okay, I almost have the dash out, instrument panel today. Ordered the L/H dash pad today and clips. Have a couple of questions, power wire to radio has a RadioShack noise suppressor and the backside of the instrument cluster has two capacitors (I think). Can these items be eliminated?

59BlueSilver is offline  
Old 03-15-2019, 07:06 AM
  #24  
Frankie the Fink
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Frankie the Fink's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2007
Location: Orlando Metro Area Florida
Posts: 47,207
Thanked 3,307 Times in 2,626 Posts
Default

The Bubba tomato juice can line filter go - the noise suppression capacitors can definitely go - they are shot after 55+ years and only worked on AM anyway....
Put 'em in a ZipLok bag for storage if they're original or sell them on here - some people still want them...

Are you going to wind up with one new pad and the other side an old one - I don't see how that will look acceptable ?
Frankie the Fink is offline  
Old 03-15-2019, 08:47 AM
  #25  
59BlueSilver
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
59BlueSilver's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 2013
Location: Arlington TX
Posts: 2,670
Thanked 137 Times in 118 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
The Bubba tomato juice can line filter go - the noise suppression capacitors can definitely go - they are shot after 55+ years and only worked on AM anyway....
Put 'em in a ZipLok bag for storage if they're original or sell them on here - some people still want them...

Are you going to wind up with one new pad and the other side an old one - I don't see how that will look acceptable ?
No, intended to install R/H only but changed my mind after pulling the entire dash, might as well change the left also. I donít want to do this again! Thanks for the info, Frankie!
59BlueSilver is offline  
Old 03-15-2019, 10:27 AM
  #26  
Frankie the Fink
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Frankie the Fink's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2007
Location: Orlando Metro Area Florida
Posts: 47,207
Thanked 3,307 Times in 2,626 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by theodude View Post
You absolutely can remove the entire dash without taking out the instrument panel and gauges, You just take out the screws that hold the panel to the dash and leave the gauges ,tack and spedo cables conected. If you back the column suport out it will give you a little more room but undoing the gauges and cables is not that much of a task.and its hard to put it back together wrong.and it makes taking out the dash easier
???
Frankie the Fink is offline  
Old 03-15-2019, 12:23 PM
  #27  
mike coletta
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Nov 2002
Location: minneola fl
Posts: 2,770
Thanked 406 Times in 217 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by theodude View Post
You absolutely can remove the entire dash without taking out the instrument panel and gauges, You just take out the screws that hold the panel to the dash and leave the gauges ,tack and spedo cables conected. If you back the column suport out it will give you a little more room but undoing the gauges and cables is not that much of a task.and its hard to put it back together wrong.and it makes taking out the dash easier
What????
mike coletta is offline  
Old 03-15-2019, 05:31 PM
  #28  
59BlueSilver
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
59BlueSilver's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 2013
Location: Arlington TX
Posts: 2,670
Thanked 137 Times in 118 Posts
Default

Finally got the dash out and the r/h pad removed. The clock had about a pint of resin holding it in, got it removed and cleaned up but can’t see what will hold the new clock in. How does it attach?

59BlueSilver is offline  
Old 03-15-2019, 05:48 PM
  #29  
59BlueSilver
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
59BlueSilver's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 2013
Location: Arlington TX
Posts: 2,670
Thanked 137 Times in 118 Posts
Default

Okay, I see. I’m missing the clock clips.
59BlueSilver is offline  
Old 03-15-2019, 07:11 PM
  #30  
Frankie the Fink
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Frankie the Fink's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2007
Location: Orlando Metro Area Florida
Posts: 47,207
Thanked 3,307 Times in 2,626 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by 59BlueSilver View Post
Okay, I see. Iím missing the clock clips.
Yup!
Frankie the Fink is offline  
Old 03-15-2019, 10:51 PM
  #31  
theodude
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Jan 2017
Posts: 35
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Default

I’m getting ready to replace the passenger side dash pad and have been doing a lot of searching and reading about it on this forum. Almost everyone recommends removing the dash. Are they kidding me?? Taking the instrument panel out with all those wires & connections! Is that really necessary just to replace the passenger side?

the answer to this original question you can take the dash out of the car without taking out the instrument panel , and you can leave all the wires and cables intact and still change your pads and skin

Last edited by theodude; 03-15-2019 at 10:56 PM.
theodude is offline  
Old 03-16-2019, 08:37 AM
  #32  
59BlueSilver
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
59BlueSilver's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 2013
Location: Arlington TX
Posts: 2,670
Thanked 137 Times in 118 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by theodude View Post
Iím getting ready to replace the passenger side dash pad and have been doing a lot of searching and reading about it on this forum. Almost everyone recommends removing the dash. Are they kidding me?? Taking the instrument panel out with all those wires & connections! Is that really necessary just to replace the passenger side?

the answer to this original question you can take the dash out of the car without taking out the instrument panel , and you can leave all the wires and cables intact and still change your pads and skin
That may be possible, let us know how it goes. It looks overwhelming & scary with all those wires & stuff, but itís really not that bad and it gives you the opportunity to check the condition of the wires & bulbs, as well as getting a little cleaning & lubricating done, Of course, I havenít yet tried to put everything back together. I take lots of pics and with the help of this forum, it should be doable.
59BlueSilver is offline  
Old 03-16-2019, 09:17 AM
  #33  
Frankie the Fink
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Frankie the Fink's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2007
Location: Orlando Metro Area Florida
Posts: 47,207
Thanked 3,307 Times in 2,626 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by theodude View Post
I’m getting ready to replace the passenger side dash pad and have been doing a lot of searching and reading about it on this forum. Almost everyone recommends removing the dash. Are they kidding me?? Taking the instrument panel out with all those wires & connections! Is that really necessary just to replace the passenger side?

the answer to this original question you can take the dash out of the car without taking out the instrument panel , and you can leave all the wires and cables intact and still change your pads and skin
I presume you're talking about two separate procedures, if so, then yes, you can remove the dash frame with the cluster in place but the connectors and bulbs and cables have to be disconnected, and, yes, you can replace the passenger side pad without removing the instrument cluster or dash frame....but its twice as hard...

If you think you can change the driver's side pad with the instrument cluster in then tell me how you install these two butterfly clips....not to even mention the others...



There is a reason that all of your "searching and reading" of posts by experienced forum members recommend removing the dash frame for this job...

Last edited by Frankie the Fink; 03-16-2019 at 09:20 AM.
Frankie the Fink is offline  
Old 03-16-2019, 09:47 AM
  #34  
59BlueSilver
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
59BlueSilver's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 2013
Location: Arlington TX
Posts: 2,670
Thanked 137 Times in 118 Posts
Default

I may be thinking wrong but it looks like it may be possible to just unbolt the instrument panel from the dash, leave all the wires & cables connected for support, then pull up the dash out a little then up to remove. Don’t know if there’s enough clearance for that or not.
59BlueSilver is offline  
Old 03-16-2019, 11:29 AM
  #35  
Frankie the Fink
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Frankie the Fink's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2007
Location: Orlando Metro Area Florida
Posts: 47,207
Thanked 3,307 Times in 2,626 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by 59BlueSilver View Post
I may be thinking wrong but it looks like it may be possible to just unbolt the instrument panel from the dash, leave all the wires & cables connected for support, then pull up the dash out a little then up to remove. Don’t know if there’s enough clearance for that or not.



I can kinda, sorta see what he's talking about now - the description was a bit vague...

To wit, removing the dash frame leaving the cluster, unscrewed from the frame, but STILL IN THE CAR - this last part wasn't clear to me...

An interesting approach and the first I've heard of it.....but I'm trainable...

In my case, and many others here, the dash pad frame removal was the lead in to do a variety of other tasks - like restore the cluster/gauges, fix a wonky weld at the top of the clutch pedal downrod, lube tach/speedo cables, etc..

Last edited by Frankie the Fink; 03-16-2019 at 11:39 AM.
Frankie the Fink is offline  
Old 03-16-2019, 11:05 PM
  #36  
59BlueSilver
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
59BlueSilver's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 2013
Location: Arlington TX
Posts: 2,670
Thanked 137 Times in 118 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post


I can kinda, sorta see what he's talking about now - the description was a bit vague...

To wit, removing the dash frame leaving the cluster, unscrewed from the frame, but STILL IN THE CAR - this last part wasn't clear to me...

An interesting approach and the first I've heard of it.....but I'm trainable...

In my case, and many others here, the dash pad frame removal was the lead in to do a variety of other tasks - like restore the cluster/gauges, fix a wonky weld at the top of the clutch pedal downrod, lube tach/speedo cables, etc..
59BlueSilver is offline  
Old Yesterday, 06:57 AM
  #37  
59BlueSilver
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
59BlueSilver's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 2013
Location: Arlington TX
Posts: 2,670
Thanked 137 Times in 118 Posts
Default

I painted the dash yesterday, radio panels today. I will say that the condition of the birdcage looks great, not a spot of rust anywhere. Lucked out on that. While Iím sitting around waiting for parts, is there anything in the dash that needs attention, lubrication, etc.? How about the wiper arm pivots? Also, is there any kind of a seal between the defroster duct and heater? Big gap on mine.

59BlueSilver is offline  
Old Yesterday, 07:10 AM
  #38  
Frankie the Fink
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Frankie the Fink's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2007
Location: Orlando Metro Area Florida
Posts: 47,207
Thanked 3,307 Times in 2,626 Posts
Default

Yes you could lube the wiper arm pivots and as I stated check your clutch pedal's side to side movement to see if there is a broken weld....perfect time to install LED dash bulbs ...if not at least swap in all new incandescent bulbs.

Add a bullet crimp connector on that dangerous, "always hot" orange glove box wire (female connector on the power/fuse side of course). Lube tach/speedo cable. If your windshield leaks - a good time to shoot a little sealant in the corners.. Make sure your wiring harness is good and fuse box is fine...

Check if the nylon bushing in your pedal support bracket are installed and in good shape, adjust your brake light switch if needed.. Make sure heater box sliders and fresh air vents operate easily. Make sure firewall insulation is good and tight to the bulkhead.

I don't know about yout heater/defroster question as I have Vintage Air A/C-heater-defroster.

Last edited by Frankie the Fink; Yesterday at 07:17 AM.
Frankie the Fink is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Frankie the Fink For This Useful Post:
59BlueSilver (Yesterday)
Old Yesterday, 02:56 PM
  #39  
theodude
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Jan 2017
Posts: 35
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Hey Mr Fink you didnt have to tear your dash apart just to try to prove me wrong

Last edited by theodude; Yesterday at 09:11 PM.
theodude is offline  
Old Yesterday, 03:14 PM
  #40  
MOXIE62
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,729
Thanked 158 Times in 140 Posts
Default

This has to be the all time buba installation of a clock.
Originally Posted by 59BlueSilver View Post
Finally got the dash out and the r/h pad removed. The clock had about a pint of resin holding it in, got it removed and cleaned up but canít see what will hold the new clock in. How does it attach?

MOXIE62 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: [C2] Passenger Side Dash Pad


Sponsored Ads
Vendor Directory

Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: