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removal of an EA-81 dash. Tips?

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#1 subeman90



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Posted 13 October 2006 - 09:29 PM

here is something that I found while doing a search. It was written by GeneralDisorder. Anyone have anything to add to this or more precise locations of bolts, nuts, etc.? I want to get a new dash for the 83 and i might have found one..... thanks for all input :headbang:

GD's post:

As for removal tips - I just did this job on Saturday, and I can say that removing the windshield (10 minutes with a utility knife) will really make getting to the bolts on the top of the dash much easier. Of course you can't do this on your car, but at the junk yard it certainly would fly, and make your visit more enjoyable. With the windsheild out, it shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to get the dash out. I had never pulled one before either, but if you know where all the bolts and nuts are, then it's actually pretty straightforward. Remove the surround, and the guage cluster first, as well as the drivers side kick panel. Remove the glove box door, and insert. And remove the passenger kick panel/shelf. On top of the dash remove the vent louvers, and there will be three or four bolts underneath that hold the dash down.... various nuts and bolts underneath that hold the dash in place, and of course all the wireing has those wraps on it that hold it to the dash. Couple of zip-ties in there too. I just cut those.


#2 Turbone


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Posted 14 October 2006 - 01:45 AM

3 bolts on top, one on each end and one in the middle. A real biotch to get out, use a 90deg phillips.
Theres a bolt underneath of each end, once you get access to it you will see it. To remove the center louvers theres a small piece of plastic inbetween the vents. Remove it to access 2 screws. I suggest removing the steering colume, it makes life much easier. The cable for the vent control on top can be another PIA, but it needs to come loose too. The wiring for the heater controls also disconnect, lots of other little wire connectors here and there also.
Thats it in a nutshell, besides the obvious stuff GD mentioned.

#3 NorthWet


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Posted 14 October 2006 - 06:08 AM

Those dash-top screws have a 10mm bolt head on them (at least on the one I pulled), so a 10mm 1/4"-drive socket/ratchet will get them (I forgot mine :rolleyes: ), as will a 10mm ratcheting box-end wrench (again, forgot mine :mad: )... or a 10mm combo-wrench and a lot of patience. Once I got those top screws out (45 minutes with my wrong tools and time to let my hands uncramp) it was pretty simple to pull the rest. But then, I had the advantage of having a pulled-out example in my van that I could look at beforehand. ;)

#4 Turbone


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Posted 14 October 2006 - 02:12 PM

Thanks for correcting that Pat. Its been so long since I've done a dash I forgot they were bolt heads not screws:rolleyes: That, and my CRS is getting worse.

#5 subeman90



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Posted 14 October 2006 - 03:08 PM

Thanks a bunch both of you guys! I hopefully will be going after it next weekend so we will see how it goes then.

Thanks again! :headbang:

#6 beataru


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Posted 14 October 2006 - 05:15 PM

i didnt read it because i know exactly how to get it out... BIG hammer BIG Prybar and a bad temper= destruction... oh you want to keep it you say well then never mind...

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