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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 07, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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can the dash cluster be removed fairly easily?I tried last summer and it looked like the dash pad had to come off so I quit for now.Now though I want to install the tach I am buying before summer.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 07, 09:56 PM
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Re: cluster removal

If you are careful enough you can get the dash cluster out without removing the pad. You will however need to remove all the screws from the cluster and drop the steering column some in order to get the dash cluster out.
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Re: cluster removal

what year?
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Re: cluster removal

You have to drop the Steering Column in a 2nd Gen or you not only break of the Cluster Pod mounting tabs but risk burning the car down when you short out the wires when you break off the head light switch because you didn't disconnect the battery. Scratching the steering column all to ratchet with the Cluster will be the least of your problems - LOL

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 30th, 07, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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Re: cluster removal

sorry,I forgot to mension mine is a 69.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 30th, 07, 08:50 AM
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Re: cluster removal

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can the dash cluster be removed fairly easily?I tried last summer and it looked like the dash pad had to come off so I quit for now.Now though I want to install the tach I am buying before summer.
You can install your tach without removing the dash at all. I think removing the dash is one of those things that just becomes "the way to do it" and nobody questions it. I know it flies in the face of conventional wisdom around here, but I did it earlier this year. In fact, after installing it with the dash in, I can't imagine why anyone would want to remove the dash to do this!

Assuming you're replacing the gas gauge with a tach:

1. Take out the 4 screws that hold the plastic face on.
2. Remove the 3 nuts off back of gas gauge & remove gauge
3. Use a scaled template cut-out and line up with the 3 holes
4. Drill 3 holes and cut out tach pattern with milling bit in a dremel (make sure wires behind dash are securely out of the way).
5. Install new tach & use wires from old gauge harness clip
6. Replace plastic face guard. Done.

It's not exactly a walk in the park, but it's pretty straight forward. No way in hell I'd take the dash cluster out to do this.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 30th, 07, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Re: cluster removal

I think I will give it a try that way,sounds better than removing the dash.
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