1988 Mustang How to Remove Gauge Cluster? - Ford Mustang Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008 Thread Starter
PONY Member
 
vetprowanab's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Firestone
Posts: 335
 
1988 Mustang How to Remove Gauge Cluster?

Ok, so I just bought a used gauge cluster with the 140mph speedometer in it and I'm having trouble removing the current one. I seem to have it completely unbolted from the car to the point that the current speedometer has disconnected itself. Opps. The light switches on both sides have also been removed. From what I can see the only thing holding it onto the car is the wiring harness behind the tachometer. Not enough slack to get my hands or any tools back there, I can just barely see it.
I would sure appreciate any tips you can give me!

Thanks!

1988 LX 5.0 5spd Moonroof
Tri-Ax shifter, CAI, 75mm Granatelli MAF, BBK 70mmTB, 24#, BBK fuel press regulator, RPM II, Cam Research custom, 170 TFS Twisted Wedge heads, 1.7 TFS rockers, Electric fan, A9L, Diablo Revolution chip, MSD 6AL, BBK long tubes, 2.5" X pipe Magnaflows no cats, Auburn 3:73 gears, lowering Ford C springs, bump steer kit, MM CC plates, MM braided hoses, BBK rear control arms, Eibach sway bars, sub frame. Cobra R hood. 10th anni wheels w/245s, 140mph Speedo.
vetprowanab is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008
Made Member
 
90markvii's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Sterling Heights
Posts: 457
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by vetprowanab View Post
Ok, so I just bought a used gauge cluster with the 140mph speedometer in it and I'm having trouble removing the current one. I seem to have it completely unbolted from the car to the point that the current speedometer has disconnected itself. Opps. The light switches on both sides have also been removed. From what I can see the only thing holding it onto the car is the wiring harness behind the tachometer. Not enough slack to get my hands or any tools back there, I can just barely see it.
I would sure appreciate any tips you can give me!

Thanks!
Reach and feel... thats all i can say. Its not easy but there isnt really a way around that.

1990 Lincoln Mark VII LSC
FMS Ceramic Shorties, pacesetter off road h, force mufflers, 3 row radiator, smog eliminator pulley, underdrive pullies, Yukon 3.55 gears, posi diff...
Waiting in garage: rebuilt block, Crane 1.7 rr, bare GT40 cast heads, Summit billit distributor, 9mm plug wires, MSD blaster coil, GT40 upper and lower intake, E303 cam
70% of drivers say "oh Sh** when they hit ice, the other 30% are from Michigan and say "Hold my beer and watch this sh**!"
90markvii is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008
Made Member
 
StangLX93's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Norton
Posts: 547
 
usually you can pull the gauge cluster far enough forward to pinch the clips on the wiring harness to unplug the wires, the only holding it in after the bezel is removed is the speedo cable and 2 wiring harnesses and four screws, if its not coming forward enough the wiring could be hangin up, i would suggest take a look from up under and see if you can see anything, other then that try to squeeze your fingers onto the wiring plug and disconnet it, hope this helps

1993 LX 5.0 stock long block, 1.7 crane roller rockers, cobra valve springs, explorer intake upgrade, 65mm throttle body, 80mm maf ,Moroso CAI,Shorty BBK headers,BBK Adj fuel reg, BBK underdrive pulleys, electric fan, B303 cam, off-road Hpipe, 40series flowmasters, 3:73 gears, Alum drive shaft, King Cobra clutch, Pro 5.0 shifter, BBK gripp LCA,190lph fuelpump,Moates Burn2 Chip Programmer, with EEC-IV bank reader
StangLX93 is offline  
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008 Thread Starter
PONY Member
 
vetprowanab's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Firestone
Posts: 335
 
Ok, I'll see what I can do. Are the wiring harnesses clipped to the back of the cluster? That sounds like fun. I haven't been able to see it from underneath, but I'll look again, probably tomorrow morning. Thanks guys. I'll look for the wiring getting hung up. So close!

1988 LX 5.0 5spd Moonroof
Tri-Ax shifter, CAI, 75mm Granatelli MAF, BBK 70mmTB, 24#, BBK fuel press regulator, RPM II, Cam Research custom, 170 TFS Twisted Wedge heads, 1.7 TFS rockers, Electric fan, A9L, Diablo Revolution chip, MSD 6AL, BBK long tubes, 2.5" X pipe Magnaflows no cats, Auburn 3:73 gears, lowering Ford C springs, bump steer kit, MM CC plates, MM braided hoses, BBK rear control arms, Eibach sway bars, sub frame. Cobra R hood. 10th anni wheels w/245s, 140mph Speedo.
vetprowanab is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008
Made Member
 
StangLX93's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Norton
Posts: 547
 
when you pinch the clips, lower plug is vertical closest to pass. side, and the upper plug closest to driver is horizontal,all within the gauge cluster vicinity squeeze on the sides where you see the clips, and pull, they dont require much force, good luck let us know how it goes

1993 LX 5.0 stock long block, 1.7 crane roller rockers, cobra valve springs, explorer intake upgrade, 65mm throttle body, 80mm maf ,Moroso CAI,Shorty BBK headers,BBK Adj fuel reg, BBK underdrive pulleys, electric fan, B303 cam, off-road Hpipe, 40series flowmasters, 3:73 gears, Alum drive shaft, King Cobra clutch, Pro 5.0 shifter, BBK gripp LCA,190lph fuelpump,Moates Burn2 Chip Programmer, with EEC-IV bank reader
StangLX93 is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008
SHELBY GT-40 ULTIMATE Member
4.6L Member
5.0L Member
 
EagleAutosports's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Location: Graham
Posts: 51,297
               
Send a message via MSN to EagleAutosports Send a message via Yahoo to EagleAutosports
Just have to get your hand in there. Maybe someone with smaller hands could do it for you?

AFM Site Administrator
Member: Mustang Club of America #82740, White Mustang Registry #362, NMRA, Fun Ford Weekend, Mustangs of Burlington

MOOG Certified Technician
For mods and sound clips, see profile and gallery.

EagleAutosports is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008 Thread Starter
PONY Member
 
vetprowanab's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Firestone
Posts: 335
 
Done!
Finally got the passenger side wiring harness unplugged which gave me just enough space to use that same hand to unplug the driver side wiring harness. After removing the cluster, sure enough, the 20 year old wires were in a loop that was getting hung up on the body directly behind the instrument cluster.

It's all reassembled at this point and buttoned up. Even took it for a test drive to ensure that all gauges, lights and the speedometer work.

Thanks everyone!

1988 LX 5.0 5spd Moonroof
Tri-Ax shifter, CAI, 75mm Granatelli MAF, BBK 70mmTB, 24#, BBK fuel press regulator, RPM II, Cam Research custom, 170 TFS Twisted Wedge heads, 1.7 TFS rockers, Electric fan, A9L, Diablo Revolution chip, MSD 6AL, BBK long tubes, 2.5" X pipe Magnaflows no cats, Auburn 3:73 gears, lowering Ford C springs, bump steer kit, MM CC plates, MM braided hoses, BBK rear control arms, Eibach sway bars, sub frame. Cobra R hood. 10th anni wheels w/245s, 140mph Speedo.
vetprowanab is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008
Made Member
 
90markvii's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Sterling Heights
Posts: 457
 
glad to hear it worked out in the end.

1990 Lincoln Mark VII LSC
FMS Ceramic Shorties, pacesetter off road h, force mufflers, 3 row radiator, smog eliminator pulley, underdrive pullies, Yukon 3.55 gears, posi diff...
Waiting in garage: rebuilt block, Crane 1.7 rr, bare GT40 cast heads, Summit billit distributor, 9mm plug wires, MSD blaster coil, GT40 upper and lower intake, E303 cam
70% of drivers say "oh Sh** when they hit ice, the other 30% are from Michigan and say "Hold my beer and watch this sh**!"
90markvii is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008
Made Member
5.0L Member
 
moterhead's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: Craigfield
Posts: 341
 
You do know that since you've swapped the speedo, now, when you sell the car, you are legally required to say the speedo doesn't show actual mileage. Federal law. I assume you didn't have the mileage on the 140 set to what was showing on your old one.

CW
Craigfield, Tennessee
Member Music City Mustang Club
'93 LX Mustang
'56 Ford Thunderbird convert
'06 Harley Street Glide
'01 Harley Softail Custom
moterhead is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-26-2008 Thread Starter
PONY Member
 
vetprowanab's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Firestone
Posts: 335
 
Not to worry there Moterhead, if and when the time comes for me to sell this car I will indeed do the right thing. I did not take the time to attempt to switch over the odometer reading. Interestingly enough, there is only a 10,000 mile increase from the old speedometer to the "new" one. I have logged all of the mileage so won't be a problem.

1988 LX 5.0 5spd Moonroof
Tri-Ax shifter, CAI, 75mm Granatelli MAF, BBK 70mmTB, 24#, BBK fuel press regulator, RPM II, Cam Research custom, 170 TFS Twisted Wedge heads, 1.7 TFS rockers, Electric fan, A9L, Diablo Revolution chip, MSD 6AL, BBK long tubes, 2.5" X pipe Magnaflows no cats, Auburn 3:73 gears, lowering Ford C springs, bump steer kit, MM CC plates, MM braided hoses, BBK rear control arms, Eibach sway bars, sub frame. Cobra R hood. 10th anni wheels w/245s, 140mph Speedo.
vetprowanab is offline  
Made Member
 
StangLX93's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Norton
Posts: 547
 
good job man, we here to help anytime, congrats to you

1993 LX 5.0 stock long block, 1.7 crane roller rockers, cobra valve springs, explorer intake upgrade, 65mm throttle body, 80mm maf ,Moroso CAI,Shorty BBK headers,BBK Adj fuel reg, BBK underdrive pulleys, electric fan, B303 cam, off-road Hpipe, 40series flowmasters, 3:73 gears, Alum drive shaft, King Cobra clutch, Pro 5.0 shifter, BBK gripp LCA,190lph fuelpump,Moates Burn2 Chip Programmer, with EEC-IV bank reader
StangLX93 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Closed Thread

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Mustang Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a VALID email address for yourself, otherwise you will not receive the necessary confirmation email needed to confirm, validate and activate your new AFM member account.

Failure to provide a VALID email address, will result in the cancellation of your new AFM member account registration.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183