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I am replacing the upper and hopefully lower dash on my 73 ES. I have followed the tips that Bill Webb showes in his book and have removed the top dash and have the new cover ready to install. I what to finish putting the lower dash cover on, but would like to hear from others about there experinces or short cuts on this area. The dash I purchased did not come with any instructions so the artical from Swedish Iron is my only guide. Two things I learned from removing the top was 1) my hands are to big & a sawzall works really well on the two corner screws! ( pull back the door weatherstripping before using the saw and tape over the painted areas incase you slip.) Thanks for reading this, 1973 1800ES
 

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Re: Padded dash replacement (1973 1800ES)

Well you have most of the hard work out of the way. I'm assuming your using the original type pads and not the ABS covers.<br>You'll have to take all the gauges and switch's out (you did mark the wires?) and separate the two sections.<br>The woodgrained covered alluminum strip behind the gauges is bent over on the ends and you'll have to straighten it partially to get that off as the lower cover goes under it. The cover is glued on so be prepaired for some work to get the old ones off. You may find some rust under it and you should clean that up before putting the new ones on, be sure all the old foam is off so you don't get any buldges. <p>It will take some patiance to put the covers on, try it without the glue first so you know how it fits and any problem areas that will need more attention. <p>When you put the covered strip back in place I used some masking tape to hold the u shaped strips that go on the edges to hold them in place till the top is on. If you use that blue stuff you should be able to remove the tape before you tighten the screws holding the sections together.<p>Have fun (HA) putting it back in the car and redoing all the connections.<p>GOOD LUCK!!
 

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Re: Padded dash replacement (1973 1800ES)

Thanks for the tips VB I think I will wait till later in the year to do the lower section just so I can start enjoying the summer. I had a new windscreen installed and the plastic cap that was covering the old dash was busted up pretty good by the installers - that and wanting the real deal lead to this project. That bring me to the next question : what is the purpose of the 5 clips that clamp into the windshield gasket ? I'm putting them back before the dash top get installed, but was curious as to what they do? Thanks again, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> 1973 1800ES
 

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I guess you just pulled the top section out of the car. Go enjoy the summer, I've been spending too much time working on my '66 and want to drive it now also!<p>Don't realy know what the clips are for but guess it has something to do with safety. Maybe they help the windshield from being pushed into the car.<br>Or did they made it easier for the widshield to be pushed out from the inside and wanted to make sure it didn't come inside with air pressure while driving <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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