August 02, 2004

Removing More Things From Under the Hood

Before we removed the hood, there are still a few more things that need to be taken out. I started by removing the gas gauge:

This was relatively easy, as the bolt holding it on was only finger tight. After I removed the bolt, the bracket came free and I removed the gauge from behind:

Now, we are left with yet another empty hole on the dash:

This is what the dash looks like so far, from the inside, with everything removed:

Next, I wanted to remove the fuse panel:

I disconnected all the wires that were connected to it. Then, I pushed the tab, that's over on the right, to the side. This is the only thing that it holding in the fuse panel. Once I slid it to the right, the fuse panel was free to slide out:

I wanted to remove the bracket that is holding in the 6 volt fuse:

This is tied in with the steering column from the inside. I looked at the column, under the dash, and the other end of the bolts were smooth, similar to carriage bolts. The nuts are what I circled in red. They are flat and square. And, they need a 10mm box end wrench to be removed. Unfortunately, neither Mike, nor I, could find the 10mm wrench. This will have to wait until we find it.

In the meantime, I decided to remove the glovebox door. It was only being held on by four phillips head screws:

Now, we have yet another hold in the dash:

Since I was removing things from the dash, I decided to remove the ignition switch. I needed to remove the wires that were connected to it from the back:

Then, from inside the car, it's only a matter of removing on phillips head screw located under the dash:

After that, the whole assembly pulled out:

While I was at it, I decided to prepare to remove the "non=stock" steering wheel. Eventually, the whole steering column will be removed. I took off the horn button first:

This is where we are at now:

And, again, I sprayed the hood bolts with good ol' WD-40. I also hit the two bolts that needed the 10mm wrench, which we couldn't find. When we do find, or buy, the wrench, this will make them easier to remove.

Posted by Valkyre at August 2, 2004 10:16 PM