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    For my winter project I have decided that I will take apart the dash, bead blast the cockpit area to get rid of the awful rattle canning I did in a previous life, install the Nova gauges and finally install front and rear AC. Yea, I know that I am crazy.
    I have ran into my first stumbling block, can anyone tell me how to take the washer and headlight knobs out? Also any tips on taking the steering column out would be greatly appreciated (I need to also install the PRNDL needle I bought last year).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Staypuff68 View Post
    For my winter project I have decided that I will take apart the dash, bead blast the cockpit area to get rid of the awful rattle canning I did in a previous life, install the Nova gauges and finally install front and rear AC. Yea, I know that I am crazy.
    I have ran into my first stumbling block, can anyone tell me how to take the washer and headlight knobs out? Also any tips on taking the steering column out would be greatly appreciated (I need to also install the PRNDL needle I bought last year).

    the wiper has a notched nut, you may be able to use a needle nose to catch the slots.

    the light switch has a triangular shaft with a detent at the tip, and the whole shaft
    should slide out if you depress the tiny spring on the body of the switch housing

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    Be warned even untouched factory wiring can look like a rats nest...
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    Be warned even untouched factory wiring can look like a rats nest...
    As usual, Wookee speaks the truth.
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    for the light switch, you reach under the dash to the switch assembly, there is a very small button that you depress, which will allow the shaft to slide out. Then you can remove the thread nut that holds the assembly in the dash



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    The second gen dash pad also has nuts on the underside of the dash that needs to be removed to get the pad off.
    the column needs the bolts removed at the dash mount .Along with the sheet metal screws in the floor.
    Only the out side of the column will come off.
    The shaft for the steering box is one big chunk.You will need to drop the steering box it's self to get that shaft out of the way.
    All of the screws for the dash cluster are also on the back side of the cluster.

    I just used sand paper to prep my dash for paint.It turned out pretty good.
    It also had quite a few coats of black rattle can paint on it when I found it.
    I wound up painting my dash three times.
    The paint I picked out to paint the out side of the van,was just way too expensive for me to use when I finally got around to painting the outside of my van.

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    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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ID:	38341Here is my cluster of wiring! It would make a rat cry!! I am changing out 3 gauges and adding the LED turn signal and high beam lights to the dash.
    It is kinda like spaghetti with tiny little writing all over... that you have to magnify to even realize its actually labeled. It is a "Painless wiring after market system. After market billet dash. Bought the van with these changes... not my choice. Gotta work with what you have sometimes.

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    Not so bad. This is what I had.... and I had done this butcher job when I was 18....
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    That is a little bit worse... thanks I feel better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LedZeppvan View Post
    That is a little bit worse... thanks I feel better.
    How it looks now
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