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8/9/14 12:13pm - Original Message: '78 wiper switch removal'
JonsVette
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Eldridge, IA - USA

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Have owned a 1966 Convertible, 1974 Convertible, 1988 35th Anniversary, 1997 Coupe. All have gone on to new owners. Presently own a 1978 white coupe with less then 10k original miles. It is a special ordered. L82 4 spd. with 11 options.

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Hello fellow members--- Needing to install a new wiper switch so I was hoping to get some guidance on this removal procedure. Have a pretty good idea how to remove the switch, but want to verify the steps. History---When I got this car, the wiper switch was hanging out of the dash. It appears that someone may have tried to pry it out and away from the dash, breaking the thin mounting plate in the process. Thankfully no damage was done to the dash. Also, the switch bezel was laying loose in the glove box. I have bought an NOS switch as well as retrieved the bezel from the glove box. So, my question is- how does the bezel stay fasten? Was it spot adhered to the dash in any way or "just pressure fitted" around the switch? From what I can tell, it is best to remove the steering wheel, drop the column and remove the tach/speedo cluster to gain access (and to gain more hand space) to the fastener that holds down the bracket and switch. But, when reading the Chevy shop manual, there is no mention about  removing the steering wheel and dropping the column, and, part of the procedure presented in the shop manual is removing the air duct and pulling the dash away to gain access to the wiper switch. So with those scenerios on mind, has anyone experienced this repair to guide me the best way as possible so I avoid the scratch and damage possibilities? I dont know why the present switch was messed with. This being a less then 10k mile original car didnt merit the fact that the wiper switch had to be removed, esp. when the wipers work ! But due to the bracket being busted, I need to replace the switch. So, any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks Jon

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