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Old 09/24/2009, 11:12 AM   #1
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Removing Instrument Cluster with A/C

Is there a different procedure for removing the instrument cluster when it has factory air? Meaning is something else holding the cluster in besides the 5 screws, speedo cable and the one nut to the right of the cluster?

I'm asking because I read this on a '07 thread...
For me, it's removing & installing the instrument cluster - especially if the car has factory A/C. The electrical connectors, and the speedometer cable, and reaching through the A/C-Heater panel cutout - because the cluster has to be almost completely in place before the connectors & speedo cable can be connected. THEN, the A/C duct, heater control cable and vacuum lines must be jockeyed into position. It's a bear, and my fingers & hand suffer numerous scrapes, cuts and a severe loss of precios blood!
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Old 09/24/2009, 12:01 PM   #2
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Did you disconnect the 2 electrical connectors & W/S Wiper connector? I access the 2 connectors thru the A/C-Heater mounting area once it is removed. When you have that out, you can use your left hand thru that access and your right hand over the partially removed cluster. Hope this helps.

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Old 09/24/2009, 12:29 PM   #3
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Did you disconnect the 2 electrical connectors & W/S Wiper connector? I access the 2 connectors thru the A/C-Heater mounting area once it is removed. When you have that out, you can use your left hand thru that access and your right hand over the partially removed cluster. Hope this helps.

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Can you explain a little further about the 2 electrical connectors? Not aware of those. And where exactly is the access part you're talking about?
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Old 09/24/2009, 12:45 PM   #4
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Here's a diagram (I assume this is a 67 HCS).

http://www.ht67.com/images/El/67/67instr.gif

The 2 electrical connectors are just above the light switch in the diagram, left side. The 'access' Neil is talking about is thru the A/C / heater control panel, also on the left of the dash. Remove it first and you can stick your hand in there to help pull connectors, etc.

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Old 09/24/2009, 02:37 PM   #5
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There are 2 black connectors, held together with clips on 2 sides. They are a booger to get apart. When you locate them, mark them so you can more easilly mate them when going back together.
You are doing one of my most unfavorite jobs!!

Neil

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I DO hope you have the steering wheel removed, and a towel to protect the steering colum paint.
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Old 09/24/2009, 03:13 PM   #6
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Oops used the wrong area to post this--it is a CS and not a HCS. Thanks for the diagram that helps...I assume it is the same for a CS? When I did this with another CS I do not remember unplugging the two plugs first. I guess that is a AC thing??

Am I reaching my hand up by "#16"
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The 2 connectors are for all of the instruments & lighting (and don't forget to remove the connector from the windshield wiper switch- an easy pull out).
Hopefully you'll have enough slack for the A/C control panel to just hang down out of the way, so you can reach up thru that hole. If not- just remove it completely: vacuum hoses (color coded), heater cable, 1 elect. connector.

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