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So I've gotten a few questions about how to remove a dash.
I have a dash disassembled and as they say 'a picture is worth a thousand words'
...or was it 'this thread is worthless without pics' tongue.gif

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So those pic's show the back of the dash. There are the 3 screws at the top of the dash and 2 screws at each side on the bottom.
I used a ratchet with a phillips bit in a socket to remove the top ones with the windshield in.

Now for the plastic peice...

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Screw holding the tach...
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Don't forget to remove the switch and the lighter
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Be carefull during disassembly, don't want to deal with this :rolleyes:
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Here's a couple camparison shots...
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You can see where the screw for the cluster is located in this one.
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Hope this helps out some peep's. I know I trashed one or to dash inserts before I figured out where everything was that holds the dash together...

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No entiendo... did you use some magical ratchet that can pass through glass? I tried that exact thing and couldn't budge those three screws on top. I had to use a combination of tiny vice grips, impact driver, and grinder... Scratched up the screw recesses but good :(. One of the more frustrating things I've done in life.

 

Goes to show how a few degrees difference in the design stage can save bundles of future generation's time and effort.

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2eDeYe;20432']So I've gotten a few questions about how to remove a dash.

I have a dash disassembled and as they say 'a picture is worth a thousand words'

...or was it 'this thread is worthless without pics' :P

 

 

So those pic's show the back of the dash. There are the 3 screws at the top of the dash and 2 screws at each side on the bottom.

I used a ratchet with a phillips bit in a socket to remove the top ones with the windshield in.

 

Now for the plastic peice...

 

hidden screw ;)

 

Screw holding the tach...

 

Don't forget to remove the switch and the lighter

 

Be carefull during disassembly' date=' don't want to deal with this :rolleyes:

 

Here's a couple camparison shots...

 

You can see where the screw for the cluster is located in this one.

 

Hope this helps out some peep's. I know I trashed one or to dash inserts before I figured out where everything was that holds the dash together...[/quote']

 

Nice pic's !;) Saves a million words in type. Was wondering , is that a Chevy

emblem on the back of that one cluster where the tach goes ???? Is this just a simple block off , or a Chevy tach that will bolt there ?:confused: If its

a type of tach , please let us all know the sec's;)

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The only problem I had with removing the gauge cluster was the damn lighter ass. I think when I put mine back together I will be buying a new one that is easier to screw in. The stock one sucks! I was lucky to have already removed the heater core and everything else in the interior before working on it and having small strong hands helped...

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AH YES the dreaded "stuck" lighter........I may still have the scars from scratchi my hands up pretty good with the first one I attempted to remove...my language was quite blue that day...BUT...now ya know how to get it out..huh?

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Haha, ya that lighters a bitch...:D

 

gbjoey

The block off says DATSUN on it not CHEVY...and it's a DATSUN tach ;)

 

copacetickid

As far as the screws, I used a bit from my impact driver and was able to crack them loose. I had enough room to push down on the head of the ratchet with my hand.

Maybe yours were corroded... How did you get a grinder in there? :eek:

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2eDeYe;20482']Haha' date=' ya that lighters a bitch...:D

 

[b']gbjoey[/b]

The block off says DATSUN on it not CHEVY...and it's a DATSUN tach ;)

 

copacetickid

As far as the screws, I used a bit from my impact driver and was able to crack them loose. I had enough room to push down on the head of the ratchet with my hand.

Maybe yours were corroded... How did you get a grinder in there? :eek:

 

Do not in any way push against the windshield. I did, hardly touched it with my knuckles, you can guess what happened...

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They weren't corroded at all, but they had those grabbing lock washers and someone had cranked down hard on them... although it didn't seem like it had been taken off before. I didn't grind the bolts, I ground the clip-nuts from the bottom where they are bent, then turned them. BTW, does anyone have a few spares of those? :rolleyes:

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I may have a few spares in a month or so.

 

Mike. I was actually able to push off the A-pillar and the roof with my side and back...Might make a good yoga move lol..

 

Joey I guess that does sorta look like a chevy emble from the back of the block off plate. :P

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Once the glass went, I took it out, ... funny how much easier it was to get at those mounting screws then.

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Once the glass went, I took it out, ... funny how much easier it was to get at those mounting screws then.

 

NO S%$t Mike!........

 

OH and BTW..if you turn that blockoff plate over..it really does look like a "Chevy" emblem...

 

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO "Ratsun" really could mean a Rat motor stuffed into a "Datsun"

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Theres a lot of dash removal questions... but this thread right here is King of them.  showing me exactly where the damn screws are is clutch.   I'm taking my dash out to re-wire it and remove lots of old wires the kid who had it before me left int here.  thanks for this!

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Here is another tip for reinstallation... the 10mm bolts that hold the dash frame to the cab are the same thread and pitch as the original screws by the window. WAY in the hell easier to reinstall.  

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Theres a lot of dash removal questions... but this thread right here is King of them.  showing me exactly where the damn screws are is clutch.   I'm taking my dash out to re-wire it and remove lots of old wires the kid who had it before me left int here.  thanks for this!

 

Props to you for being relatively new here(21 posts) and bothering to use the search function. 

 

Thank you.

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I wish the third party pix were not disabled.havibg a hell of a time trying to find that center bolt

 

Fixed the pics, thanks for the heads up. :)

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When I install a 620 dash I throw away the philips head screws on the top by the windshield and replace with hex head screws.  Makes next removal much easier with a ratchet wrench.

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When I install a 620 dash I throw away the philips head screws on the top by the windshield and replace with hex head screws. Makes next removal much easier with a ratchet wrench.

I hadn't even thought of that. That's brilliant
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I did not think of this on my own, actually Nissan gave me the idea as on the 720s Nissan went to hex headed screws on the 720 dashes and even put nice color matching covers on them.

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i replaced the dash screws with hex head bolts in my nephews 620 dash

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The pictures above are REALLY helpful!  Thank you 2edeye.

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More research helped
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In spite of the useful pictures, my dash plate seems unwilling to be removed.  3 upper screws, a lower screw (that also held the flasher relay), ......anything else?  I even sprayed lubricant around the edges of the panel.

 

if it remains stuck, would removing the whole dah make sense?

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Did you remove the cigar lighter???

 

 

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That (removing the lighter)did the trick.  Also, realizing that the plastic panel was flush against sheet metal and that the sheet metal was staying put.  So, at first when I slipped a finger in the lighter hole and hooked it to try and pull, I was also working against the sheet metal.

Thanks, again.

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No problem, pass it along.

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