|November 27, 1997
The gages are out and the wood fascia was
removed undamaged. I found out why the dashboard light rheostat doesn't work.... they was
nothing hooked up to it. There weren't even any unconnected wires behind the dash, but
there was evidence of someone "working" there at one time. The only casualty was
the rheostat knob which everyone told me to carefully pry off.... but would probably end
up breaking it off. They were right. There are however lots, and I mean lots, of wires
connecting gages, switches, lights etc.. every one of which has been carefully labeled and
documented. In some cases I even took pictures with the digital camera. Removing the glove box required disconnecting the heater ducts which are all
pretty brittle and may get replaced. Next up is refinishing the wood dash fascia and
removing the dash supports.
|November 28, 1997
Dash support, switch plinth, radio, crash
pads..... all gone. No one told me the dash top wrapped around under the scuttle assembly!
Loosened up the metal fascia and let it drop and inch or so to gain access to the material
wrapped over the dash face and under the scuttle assembly. But still have about half the
top left to remove. Most of the heater vent hoses are brittle
and broken, so now's the time to replace them too. PEP Boys has an excellent fexible hose
that sells for about half the LBC catalog prices.
|November 28, 1997
Would you believe...... these are only about
half of the wires! Every one has two labels and they're tied off by group: speedometer,
tachometer, fuel gage etc.. In addition I have a notebook full of little drawings and tons
of sandwich bags full of nuts and bolts with labels noting where they came from. Things
came apart easier than I expected.... nothing broke or was rusted in place. Hope it goes
back together as "easily".