How to Remove the Dash in a 1976 Corvetteby David Curtis
The C3 version of the Chevrolet Corvette was produced between the years of 1968 and 1982. The dash panels on these older cars become brittle and cracked due to age. Aftermarket replacement dash panels, pillar moldings, and gauge lenses are available from most Corvette specialty suppliers to provide a factory new look to your vintage C3.
Open the battery compartment behind the driver's seat and disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove sun visors and windshield header molding using a Phillips screwdriver.
Remove the two windshield pillar moldings located on each side of the windshield just above the upper dash panel by taking out the two screws and gently pull them away from the frame.
Remove the screws holding the vents and wiper switch assembly to the upper dash. Remove the two screws located on each side of the bezel that hold the lower dash panels in place. Unplug the wiring harness going to the switch and remove the switch assembly from the center bezel.
Remove the screws from the right dash panel containing the map pockets with a Phillips head screwdriver. There are three screws holding the panel to the upper dash and two holding the panel to the right side frame. Gently pull the panel back and forth towards you until it separates from the framework.
Place a cloth over the shift console plate to prevent it from damage. Pull off the radio knobs and remove the retaining nuts with needle nose pliers. Pull the center bezel towards you enough to access the wiring harness to the center gauge cluster. Unplug the connections and remove the cluster from the dash.
Remove the left lower dash pad by removing the three screws holding it to the upper dash panel and the two screws holding it to the left side frame. Remove the lower steering column bracket with an open end wrench and remove the molding with a screwdriver.
Pull the right dash pad assembly towards you to gain access to the speedometer and tachometer cables. Disconnect the cables and wiring harness. Remove the panel from the dash frame.
Locate the speaker wire harness on the right and left sides of the upper dash. Unplug the speaker wiring.
Remove the upper dash panel by sitting in the passenger seat and pulling upwards at the center of the dash until the sides of the panel clear the windshield posts. Pull the panel towards you to release the forward retaining clips and remove it from the car.
- It is a good idea to replace the instrumentation lights if they are still the original ones.
- Take special care when removing old panels, as they are prone to cracking and breakage.
Items you will need
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Open end wrench set
- Needle nose pliers
- Cloth or towel
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