Do I really have to remove the dash pad to access the back of the instrument panel..specifically the fuel gauge.  1964 Deville

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Yes. The dash pad needs to come off to get to that gauge once you establish that the gauge is the problem by  doing the wire testing behind the license plate 

Russ ( on the site always ) has correctly calibrated fuel gauges that would be a good choice if you need one 

Enjoy 

Well that sucks.

I have a tester to verify that the gauge works.  Or you can locate a 30 ohm rheostat and test it.  I loan out the tester, with a security deposit. 

Simple to operate the tester. Plug in 2 wires and turn the dial to the E,1/4, 1/2, 3.4  and F   You can wath the gauge through the back window. 

email me at  russ85747@hotmail.com 

Tosh

Unfortunately owning a Classic Antique Cadillac ( or any Classic Car ) and keeping it in good operating condition does require that at times you need to jump in and turn a wrench or a ratchet to accomplish just that 

Hard to keep a car like ours  unless you have those skills and desires as a Classic Car  hobby is not for everyone 

I get a lot of satisfaction from working on and repairing my cars myself when needed so it gets done right 

As a rule these cars were built so well that they need little care regarding repair and replacement of parts depending on there age mileage and weather they sat in an open lot or back yard for a number of years 

It’s all part of being the Antique. —Classic   Car Cool Guy  ! — Antique car owner ( often gear heads ) when you have the JOY of having your pride and joy out for a spin and others admiring you for that 

Cadillacs cure the COVID virus my friend told me —-LOL  !

Yes — sometimes necessary repairs — Do Suck ! — but less if you have the skills to fix it yourself 

Enjoy the  very special Iconic Cadillac you own —- you very COOL Guy ! 
There is always a price to pay for your thrills and enjoyment  —-in our lifetimes 

So what’s the worst that can happen - you can  run out of gas - put a gas can with a few gallons of gas in the car until you fix the gauge —-might help your mind set and prevent you from getting stuck someplace unexpectedly which really ————Sucks 

Enjoy 

You are assuming there is something wrong with the gauge, there isn't!  There's a dead bug behind the lens I want to clean out!

Speaking of assumptions, you assume that's I'm not willing and or able to turn a wrench lol!  With over a decade experience as a GM heavy chassis mechanic I'm no stranger to turning wrenches.  Since getting the car I've rebuilt the front suspension, brakes, installed fuel injection and retrofitted the A/C to R134a with the upgraded compressor.

Tosh, If you do end up needing a good tested fuel and temp gauge assembly with a very nice face I have one last one on hand. I have had a great run on them but am down to the last one on hand and this piece is about to move into the demand exceeds supply column in terms of parts I have on hand. The one last one I have has a very nice looking face, and again both gauges have been tested. Price is $75 and can ship 2 to 3 day Priority to US destinations for $10 for a final total of $85. If you or anyone needs it email me at jasonedge@nc.rr.com. 

 

Wow, your post was just vague and we all assumed you had problems. Best of luck.

Wow...this is vague?  "Do I really have to remove the dash pad to access the back of the instrument panel?"  

If you think that's vague you must be a hoot at charades!

Do seal the gas can cap with seran  wrap or plastic bag  to prevent a gas smell in the car if you do that 

Enjoy 

OK  — never mind !!————  ( Gilder Rattner  Sat night live )

 Most  gas gauge questions ( except this one ) are about the  gauge reading as it should 

Enjoy 

 Tosh

No intention to be offensive regarding your repair skills at all as I have no idea what they may be 

Always  here just attempting to help the repairs move along from knowing the subject matter for a long time  owning  and having a passion for a 64 convert since it came off the showroom floor 

Enjoy 

No offense taken  :D

Back to the matter at hand....my chief concern is damaging the dash pad taking it out as it's the original piece and I'd hate to crack or deform it.  Any tips and tricks for removing it safely?

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