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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010 Thread Starter
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complete dash removal

Anyone completely remove the entire dash before. I got the gauges out, working on the passenger air bag, glove box out, knee bump out..any ideas where I go from there...any help from there would be great..last piece trying to get out to sand smooth n paint..Thanks, Jerry
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its a 2001 cobra convert...sorry guys that would help first timer
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What you having to take the dash out for?? But here's something someone posted elsewhere and it helped me out when i had to yank my dash out to replace my heater core. Hope this helps, good luck!

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Removing dash to replace heater core

Been reading as many forums on this subject and your post on removing the dash on an '01 Bullit is the closest I've found yet. I need to replace a busted heater core and wondered if the dash removal would be similar on my '01 GT 4.6 convert. Could anyone confirm this or point me where I could find instructions online? Also need to confirm having the A/C refrigerant recovered before starting. At this point, the original heater hoses have been removed and bypassed (will need to get new ones!). PS, don't have the money to pay someone to do it, have the time and the skill/patience though. Thx.
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Dash removal 1996-2004 Mustang

IMO, the best step by step instructions on how to remove the Mustang's dash is in the Chilton's manual. It was a HUGE help when I did mine. Well worth the $$ for the pictures alone.

All of the Mustang's are similar with regards to dash removal (V6, GT, Cobra, Mach 1). Yes the AC has to be discharged to remove the dash. Remember to get a set of quick disconnect tools.

With regards to how much work it is. I won't lie. It's a big job with a lot of steps. However, it is not particularly complex just a lot of steps. It's also important to remove only the bolts called out in the instructions. It's not obvious which ones support "other" things. As said before, having the manual makes a world of difference.

It is a two man job to actually remove and install. IMO, it is easier if the front seats are removed. However, you will be surprised how few bolts actually hold the dash on after the steering column has been dropped.

Remember to disconnect the battery negative. There are tons of allways on circuits and likely to have problems if working with the battery still connected.

Consider adding leak check to the AC system. Inspect the AC core while the dash is out. If any evidence of leaking Freon is found, there will never be an easier time to replace the AC as well.

DO NOT buy an AC core from the autoparts store. Instead buy the service replacement from Ford. The $$ is about the same but most importantly, the service replacement has a new air box.

To use an auto store replacement, the air box has to be CUT in half and glued back together. The way plastic welding is done these days the chances of getting it apart without breaking it is almost nil.

The heater core is easy to access once the dash has been removed.

Good luck.

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Thanks wmburns for the quick response and advice. Will try and get my hands on a chilton manual. Do you leak check the A/C system before discharging it? Is this something I can do myself?
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