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Old 03/30/2008, 05:31 PM   #1
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Instrument panel install

Trying to install an after market instrument panel bezel today and ran into a small problem. I couldn't get the original nut to twist onto the screw post located on the right hand side of the bezel.
It didn't have a nut on it when I got it.
Does anyone know if it was supposed to have a nut and if so what size? My bucket of assorted nuts had nothing that fit. The bezel is already on the car with all the wiring attached so I really don't want to remove it if I don't have to.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03/30/2008, 07:33 PM   #2
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I never have re-installed those bezel nuts for the instrument cluster. (I do put them on the panel above the glove box)The cluster is such a tight fit, I put the 2 upper & lower screws in, and have never had a problem. (The bezel is secure to the cluster by the screws on the backside.)

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Old 03/31/2008, 08:22 PM   #3
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Its probably metric. Take the bezel to the auto store and use there little plastic nut sizer ---- thing --- dosen't sound right. Anyway you will be able to get the correct nut
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Old 03/31/2008, 08:38 PM   #4
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Sorry - I don't agree with trying to install that nut, be it metric or SAE. It's virtually non functional. (The bezel is secured to the cluster by the 8 screws on the back, and the cluster is secured to the dash by the four screws - 2 top & 2 bottom.) Twelve fasteners ought to do the trick (without skinning your knuckles and frustrating yourself). I consider that threaded stud no more than a guide pin for putting the cluster into place.

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Old 03/31/2008, 10:34 PM   #5
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Our family member from Texas is correct. About 15 years ago I learned this lesson the hard way and ended up breaking the stud off. I sent my original to Mr. G's in Ft. Worth Texas and had it rechromed and painted and it came back good as new. I can't say that for everything that I've sent to Mr. G's, but the instrument bezel came back like new. Current cost is $80 plus shipping.

The bezel in question is metric, but I agree with Neil there is no need to try and put a nut on it.

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Old 04/01/2008, 02:55 AM   #6
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Mine had a speed nut on it - No thread thingy.

But i agree its a knuckle buster to fit and NOT really required.

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Old 04/01/2008, 04:41 AM   #7
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I think there is a need for the nut--if you have air conditioning. My vent piece was pushing everything out until I tightened that nut down. If you just have a blank piece in the middle of the dash, it's probably not a big deal.

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Old 04/01/2008, 02:02 PM   #8
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All of mine (6) had factory A/C with the center register. Never had a problem leaving the superfluous nut off. But, "to each his own".

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Old 04/02/2008, 10:23 AM   #9
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I picked a #5 metric nut up yesterday but havn't had a chance to see if it fits yet, I'll let y'all know how it works out.
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Old 04/04/2008, 07:46 PM   #10
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Well the #5 fit perfectly. Thanks for all the help.

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