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1/10/17 2:56pm - Original Message: 'Removing the driver's side instrument panel.'
BillHanna
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Cana, VA - USA

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1975 Stingray

Joined: 7/3/2016
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I removed the bolts from the bottom of the steering column, but the column only went down a few inches -- not enough to get the instrument panel out.
What am I missing?
This is on a 75 coupe.

|UPDATED|1/10/2017 11:56:51 AM (AZT)|/UPDATED|


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1/10/17 3:55pm - Reply: 'Re: Removing the driver's side instrument panel.'
73shark
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Overland Park, KS - USA

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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.

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I suspect that you'll need to disconnect the rag joint and pull the column out.

Do you have the factory service manual? They're extremely helpful in doing jobs like this.

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1/10/17 4:29pm - Reply: 'Re: Removing the driver's side instrument panel.'
Willis76 Lifetime Member
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Rockland, MA - USA

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Hi Bill - take a look at this from Willcox Corvette, good source things like this. Good luck and keep us posted!

http://repairs.willcoxcorvette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/1968-1977-corvette-left-hand-dash-pad-removal.pdf

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1/10/17 5:59pm - Reply: 'Re: Removing the driver's side instrument panel.'
BillHanna
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Cana, VA - USA

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Willis76 said: Hi Bill - take a look at this from Willcox Corvette, good source things like this. Good luck and keep us posted!

http://repairs.willcoxcorvette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/1968-1977-corvette-left-hand-dash-pad-removal.pdf


Thanks for the instructions.  This should help much.  I looked at the column a while ago, and was a bit intimated, mostly because I was not familiar with the shift interlock, and did not want to disturb it.
If I get ambitious tomorrow, I'll take a stab at it.  I'll let you know how I make out with it.



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1/10/17 6:48pm - Reply: 'Re: Removing the driver's side instrument panel.'
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.

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You might try just loosening the two bolts down at the base of the column on the floor.  That may drop it somemore to give you more room.  I've been able to get mine out by doing this.

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6/10/17 8:06pm - Reply: 'Re: Removing the driver's side instrument panel.'
BillHanna
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Cana, VA - USA

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Well, its been a while since I posted this question.  In the meantime, I have had the column out (twice).  It actually was not too bad to get it out, but it took two to put it back in.  While it was out I replaced the rag joint, which surprisingly tightened up the steering play quite a bit.
Thanks for the help!


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6/23/17 4:51pm - Reply: 'Re: Removing the driver's side instrument panel.'
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I just pull down on the steering column to get enough clearance and wiggle the left dash out after the head light plug is disconnected. make sure all the other screws are out around the dash and the wires unplugged(dash lights). It works for me several times.
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7/7/17 8:01pm - Reply: 'Re: Removing the driver's side instrument panel.'
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Sea Girt, NJ - USA

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1973 L48 mille Miglia Coupe

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I replaced my tach on a 75 a long time ago and I know I didn't disconnect the rag joint

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