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Old 04-04-2006, 07:43 PM
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Changing a complete dash

How hard is it to change one dash for another? I am interested in putting a 69 Grand Prix dash (and console) in my 69 Catalina wagon. The dash width are the same, but man what a jungle under there. Is this something a hobbist can do? Or should this be left with the pros? Any idea what a pro charges to swap a dash?

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Mostly a lot of sweat..mark things so you know where they go back to..the biggest thing I find is locating all the hidden fasteners..

A pro will charge lots as it is quite a lot of labor to do what you contemplate..

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I changed out the dash in my '72 El Camino last summer, however it was to an identical dash. If yours mounts the same bracket-wise then it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Be sure to mark ALL the wires you disconnect and note as best you can how wires and cables are routed around things like the steering wheel (over or under). You'll find that the farther you get away from the fuse block the easier it gets because of fewer wires in the harness. The hardest part is reconnecting the items around the dash gauges and headlight switch.

Good luck.
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