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 Posted: 07-10-2006 06:01 pm
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Joined: 03-11-2006
Location: Norway
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I have to exchange one of the indicator bulbs, and must therefore remove the instrumentpanel.

I can however not figure out how to do it, I can not find more than the 2 upper attachment screws holding it, and it is still stuck.

Have I overlooked something, or is it a secret trick to get it out??

Best Regards

Stig Kristiansen

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 Posted: 07-10-2006 08:09 pm
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Jim Ketcham

Joined: 03-13-2005
Location: Salt Point, New York USA
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Besides the 2 screws, the instrument pod is held in place by friction fit of a long post located in the top center of the rear of the pod.  Often it becomes corroded and will not slide making it very difficult to remove the dash pod.  If you can spray some lubricant on the post from under the dash it may help.  Here is a picture of the rear of a pod with the post in the center top.  http://jhppg.com/gallery/album58/new_dash_lights



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 Posted: 07-11-2006 04:51 am
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Joined: 07-06-2005
Location: Eugene, Oregon USA
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This post is often rusted and difficult to move, like Jim wrote.  To get my dash pod out, I had to take out the speedo and tach (not easy with the pod in place) and use the holes left behind to pull the pod out.  Be sure to wear some gloves when you do this; I didn't and it cut the bejeezus out of my hands.  It's a lot easier to spray liquid wrench or WD40 onto it when the tach and speedo are out. 

Once the pod was out, I took off the post, sanded the rust off the best I could, and treated it to a coat of Rust Reformer and a coat of Rustoleum flat black. 

When I put it back together, I put some grease onto the post, and now the hardest part of taking out the gauges is getting the trip odometer cable right. 

Here is a picture of my dashpod, too. 


And the dashboard, where the pod goes.  You can see the place the post slides into in the middle of the picture.


In my experience, more pictures make anything easier to understand.

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