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06-16-2011, 03:55 PM #1
Replacing a cracked dashboard
As summer has hit us full swing, I think back to what I was doing this time last summer.
My dashboard had cracked severely, and it was getting on my nerves. So I got a wild hair
up my butt one Saturday morning and made a drive out to a junk yard that had several
trucks with dashboards in decent condition (at least they weren't cracked)
Took my about 2 hours to figure out how to pull the junk yard dash out, but I like doing it
this way, because I can learn how to do it on my truck.
Little did I realize how easy it is to remove a dashboard in a truck that has no windshield
or steering wheel.
To sum up the story, 10 hours later after I get the idea to replace my dash, I finished
it, put some armorall on it and it's good to go.
Below are the progressive pictures.
Mikey Jones/Orlando, FL 1998 Silverado
06-16-2011, 04:20 PM #2
Looks good! So what else have you done to your truck? Lets keep the project going! LOL.:cool:
2005 Chevy Silverado Z71 Crew Cab
6" Skyjacker lift w/Edlebrock dual front remote resoviour shocks, single rear remote. Rancho skid-plate.
17" x 9" M/T Classic Lock Wheels, 35" BFG A/T or M/T tires
4.10 PercisionGears w/factory locker, T/A Performance rear-end cover
Banks CAI intake, ported throttlebody, JBA coated headers, over-sized Magnaflow cats, Magnaflow cat back exhaust, Diablo tuned
B&M aluminum deep transmission pan
Warn brush guard w/Warn 9.5 XP winch, PIAA bulbs, Line-X bedliner, AWS Black tool chest, Extang tonneau cover
Weather Tech floor mats
Cover-Craft seat covers
Dash mat cover
Formula One window tint
One black Lab in rear seat.
06-16-2011, 04:22 PM #3
Well I am a Mason, and my buddy is a tattoo artist and pin stripe artist. So I think my next project is to have him pin stripe the Masonic square and compass on the hood.
And down the road I plan to chrome it out, handles, rocker panels, wind visors etc.
06-16-2011, 04:30 PM #4
Good to meet another brother. I will PM you.
06-16-2011, 04:45 PM #5
Looks good man.... FYI Chromed out, thats a good idea2002 Chevy Silverado & 1995 Ford Bronco
02 Silverado: 50K miles, 20" Motto Rims, Flowmaster 50 Series
95 Bronco: 160K miles, 4" Superlift, 33/12.5/15 Mickey Thompson
01 Civic: 75K miles, DD
06-16-2011, 04:57 PM #6
Yeah, and one day I will chrome out the engine. But currently I have the 305, so I'm in the market to find a good 350 for that year and rebuild it and make it look nice then drop it in.
Side note: Just replaced the TCC Regulator valve in the transmission this past weekend, I was having a hard shift from 1st to 2nd and was getting the P1870 code. It's one heck of a job.
06-17-2011, 06:41 AM #7
Nice job on the dash, I remember my first dash, it was intimidating on a 1976 Thunderbird, one of my first jobs at the dealer, I'm sure I lost on that one.
06-17-2011, 06:57 AM #8
I tell you what, I kept telling myself "I'm never doing this again", but it got to the point of no return. Once the old one was out I had to finish the job, I guess I could have driven around with no dash, but then I wouldn't be able to listen to my tunes.
Funny story, I just ordered a catalog on LMC Trucks and they have plastic dash cover replacements that fit right on top of the existing dash....wish I knew that last summer LOL
06-17-2011, 12:33 PM #9
When you said cracked I was thinking small cracks....that logs like someone threw a bowling ball at your dash! Iam having some of my dash bezels hydro dipped right now and was considering the dash.....but now after looking at your that might be a pain to hydro dip.
06-17-2011, 06:46 PM #10
As far as getting your dash dipped, my recommendation is pull one from a junk yard, or at least attempt it first and see if it will be worth it.
The thing with these dashes is it's not like it's just a cover, it has an entire frame built into it. And if you do it, you'll eventually get to a point of no return as I did.
And re-aligning the air ducts while putting the dash back in will make you hate life, especially when you do it alone.
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