64 Valiant Instrument Panel removal

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  1. 64VLYNT

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    I'm new to FABO, have a 64 Valiant and want to know if anyone can tell me how to remove the instrument panel from it. The more detail the better, thanks!
     
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    72Dart6pack Harder Better Faster Stronger.

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    Pull the battery cable off first. Before you tackle this project.
     
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      I think it should be the same as my '65 Barracuda. Remove the bezel around the ignition switch first; this can be done by expanding the tips of needle-nose pliers against the two slots in the bezel and unscrewing it. After removing the four screws that hold the panel in place, it's just a matter of pulling the panel out from the dash enough to disconnect the wiring from the backs of the gauges. It's about a five-minute job at most.
       
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      • circlepilot

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        Remove the fasteners (bolts) that secure the steering wheel column and let the column drop down. Then do what 65cuda340 said.
         
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        It is a good idea to put some strips of masking tape or painters tape on your steering column so it doesn't get scratched when you are removing the instrument panel.
         
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        • 64VLYNT

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          Thanks everyone, will give this a try. Most likely will have to replace my ignition switch as it is very loose and doesn't get a good solid connection when trying to start. The ignition unit is very loose and turns way too much.
           
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          Great idea, thanks.
           
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          Great idea, thanks.
           
        • 64conv65hard

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          You can remove ignition switch without removing gauge cluster.
           
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          I just removed the ignition bezel and 4 screws on front of instrument panel. To of bezel seems still attached - what am I missing? 65 Plymouth valiant signet convertible.
           
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          Okay, did get it to come loose with a little flat head screwdriver help. Now, how does the face disconnect from the instruments?
           
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          4 Phillips head screws from the back. One on each corner.
           
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          Thanks everyone - I got it! I am going to paint the bezel. I'm considering buying modern gauges (speedo/tach in one circular opening and quad fuel, battery, temp and oil pressure in the other) and installing them in the stock gauge bezel. What do y'all think? Anyone done that? My speedo doesn't work anyway.
           
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