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Question 1965 Mustang dash pad install ?

Good Evening, I am in the process of installing a Dash Direct dash pad in my 65. I also have an AMK dash hardware kit. Since my car never had all the hardware installed in the old pad, I am not sure of all the hardward that is required to install the new pad. The AMK kit came with 2 pair of 3/8" hex nut, 2 of which were the thin stamped type. I am assuming these are for attaching the 2 studs to the metal dash. There are screws and clips for the stainless molding and screws for the molding for between the windshield and the top of the pad. The kit also has 8 phillips screws I can't account for, does anyone have a clue as to what they might be used for? I figured they must be used for something or AMK wouldn't put them in their kit. thanks, charlie
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Hello. How long are these screws? There are eight screws used on a 66 dash pad that do what the four stainless pieces do on a 65. With the kit having four of those nuts and the eight screws, it sounds like it would install a 65 or a 66.
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The screws are 1/2" long and have 1/4" head.
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Hi again. Yup. Those are the 66 dash pad screws that go along the front above the glove box and instrument cluster.
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Thanks Veronica for your insight, makes sense. I just went to the AMK website and looked up the kit for a 65 and it is a different part number and only has 21 items. The kit I have came in one of those master interior kits and has a different part number and had 29 items. It seems there is always something injecting confusion when it comes to putting these old cars back togther.
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Hey Charlie

Sounds like you have a multi use kit. Here's what I used to put a new dash pad on my 65. There are 7 screws that hold the molding between the windshield and the dash. There are 2 screws that go just above the radio that hold the pad to the dash. The stainless above the instrument cluster has 3 screws and (I think) 2 clips. The stainless above the glove box has 3 screws and 2 clips as well. They may have also included the 2 screws that hold your radio speaker cover to your dash. I included some pictures. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
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Sounds like you have a multi use kit. Here's what I used to put a new dash pad on my 65. There are 7 screws that hold the molding between the windshield and the dash. There are 2 screws that go just above the radio that hold the pad to the dash. The stainless above the instrument cluster has 3 screws and (I think) 2 clips. The stainless above the glove box has 3 screws and 2 clips as well. They may have also included the 2 screws that hold your radio speaker cover to your dash. I included some pictures. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

did you paint the steering column and metal dash inside the car? Can you actualy take the metal dash front out of the car?
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No, the metal dash does not come out. It's welded in. There's a metal tube over the steering column that you could take out but it's not worth the effort. I refinished everything while it was in the car.
Just be REAL careful when you assemble everything back together.
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Thanks Fixup, I ended up having exactly what you listed. I have it all put together and it came out really nice. charlie
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does anyone know if the molding below the windshield (on the dash pad) has to go in AFTER THE WINDSHIELD? or can i put it in prior to installing the windshield? thanks
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Hello.
It goes in after the windshield. It would be extremely difficult, if not outright impossible to seat the windshield gasket along the lower edge if that molding was there.
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65 Fixup...Nice car, and good advice. I am currently working on my son's 65 coupe, and decided to properly install the dash he bought several years ago. He's had the Mustang for many years, but because of work and family, never has quite the time to work out the smaller details.
It's temporarily at my house, and I'm retired. So I'm having a little trip back in time.
The pad is giving me a little grief howerver, and the following questions.
Does the pad fit under the edge of the window rubber molding, and then the trim strip up against the rubber? Right now I have both the pad and the trim on top of the rubber molding which seems wrong as I can not seat the under pad trim strips.
By the way, our mustang was built in Sept. 64. The pad and the dash have the two center screws, the top and bottom trim.
Thanks for your help

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