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Old 02-18-2003, 00:34   #1 (permalink)
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i am guessing i am one of the countless ford fans that have an ea and unfortunatly it has a crack in the dash....now i never really cared about it till recently and now it is bugging the shit outta me..so i am gonna get a second hand one from the wrecker...the guy said it was about 35$ and i just wanted to know how hard it is to take the dash off...
i have tried and it nearly all came off...however it wouldnt...so i got frustrated and put it back together cos i needed the car...

also just wondering if i wanted to paint it....how would i go about it....

what would i need...cost etc...

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Old 02-18-2003, 17:30   #2 (permalink)
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Dashes are a prick to get off the first time. Basically just go round and un screw everything, take off anything that needs to come off or looks like it might be in the way. leave the heater controls in the dash but behind the glove box disconnect the cable for the hot/cold at the heater box. Disconnect every plug under the steering wheel and behind the fuse box and pull the dash out with the wiring loom still attached. Is easier to drop the steering wheel as well by unbolting the 4 bolts that hold it um. Let it rest on the seat. right by the windscreen the panel is held on by 2 hex screws. once you get that off there is about 6 screws that hold the dash at the top and also an earth strap.

As for painting id tend to say dont do it. I did it black in my car and to get it looking good you need to do most of the interior. The paint i used worked fin on the dash but the plastic trims it wore off easily.

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Old 02-18-2003, 17:33   #3 (permalink)
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if your located in melbourne and your dash is grey then go to pick-a-part, they have quite a few grey dashboards in good nick (no cracks)
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NZinAUS did u use the adhesion promoter stuff for the plastic bits?
im looking at spraying my dash and all my door trims black in my AU
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ok kool
did you use that special vinyl paint stuff?
how did it come up?
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it came up nice for a start, a little bit shiney and yeah it looks crap when it gets a little bit of dust on it which there is plenty of around here. The paint i used was special vinyl paint that also worked on fabric. I painted the darker bits on the s pac seats to make it tie in better
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have any pics?
yeah i wanna avoid the shiny look too, want it matt
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Just dont wreck a perfectly good interior as I dont think complete AU interiors come cheap. I was lucky - I only have an EA
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yeah agreed

will get a door trim from a wreck and try it out...

dont have a bigger/better quality pic of the first/dash one do you?
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