Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Woodend, Victoria
Re: How do you take the dash apart for an XC?
No Boys, what are you doing?
If you "yank the sucker off" you'll wreck the headlight switch.
Don't look at the windscreen switch and think "should be the same"... Its very different. Just do the following and you won't have to replace a thing.
1) Look at the headlight switch, you will notice below there is a small compartment (or an 8 track player, depending on the options that were selected), you MUST remove this! To do this, you will most likely have to drop the steering column, not hard, just four nuts with affixed bolts.
2) once thats out of the way, jam your right hand (you won't be able to do it with your left) inside that hole and feel directly under the switch... a big box you say.
3) The box is quite large, but about a 3rd of the way in you will feel a small raised knob. This is actually a release mechanism for the pull switch. You have to push pretty bloody hard on this plastic thing and pull the switch at the same time, do not force the switch, just be patient... Its probably been 25 years since its been out.
4) unscrew the small nut on the end and presto you have a dash on your lap. Remember not to give the steering coolumn too much curry when its hanging (they were designed to colapse and with enough force... you'll find out).
1978 XC Fairmont. <-- Slowly being restored
250 X-Flow with T5, 2.77 LSD with full pedders sports ryder trim (front and rear). All riding on 14X7 Hotwires.
AND, as recent addition.
1995 EF XR6 Manual
Gun Metal Grey with King springs and 2.5 exhaust, riding on EL XR8 rims.