At 10:03 PM 8/18/98 -0600, you wrote:
I replaced the crash pads last year and don't remember it being
to much of a labor intensive project. By the metal dash, if you mean
that part under the wooden dash, then it doesn't have to removed. But,
if I remember correctly, the wood dash needs to slightly removed to
replace the lower three pads.
For the upper pad, you'll need to remove the windshield (windscreen,
To do that, the wood dash needs to come out all the way. There's at
nuts/bolts that need to be removed to lift up the windshield. I think
one nut on each side (for the side studs) postitions the windshield,
another screw/bolt maked it more steardy.
I don't see how the streeing columns enters into the picture. But, maybe
I'm misunderstanding your question. But, removing the steering
3 foot metal bar, is no problem. You may need to spary a little WD-40
at the rack side. Putting the column back in was some problem for me. I
had a hard time replacing to two screws at the firewall end. Until I
realized that there was a flexible rubber joint between the two ends.
Well, good luck,
>I'm now amidst my dash & crash pad replacement. Like all fine projects,
>this one is becoming more involved as it progresses. If anyone has
>answers to a coupla quick questions, I'd appeciate it.
>1) Can I replace the crash pads (in particular, the lower ones) by only
>loosening and moving the metal facia, or do I have to remove it
>completely? I REALLY DON'T want to remove the steering column - I'd
>much rather loosen the clamp bolts and just wiggle the metal dash out a
>ways. Is it possible?
>2) Is removing the steering column as big a pain in the rear as it
>3) I don't see any way to get at the windshield bracket bolts without
>first getting the lower crash pads out of the way. Is this correct?
>4) I think I got the nuts off of the ends of the windshield pillars, but
>it won't budge. I'm assuming that I need the bracket mount bolts loose
>as well. Correct?
>Any help/advice/encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
Jeff C. Nathanson
Director of Product Development
Manufacturing Systems & Technologies, Inc.