Hello everyone,

On a 63 CDV, if a guy wanted to remove the entire dash to get all the metal painted, and do some other things behind there, how would he go about doing that?  I checked here and the shop manual, but can't find a complete guide.

As always, and help or direction is appreciated.  Thanks!


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Comment by Jason Edge on October 9, 2019 at 8:13pm

I didn't even paint my dash or what is left of it when all else is removed. I took the glove box door, lower dash panel with ash tray, steering column and piece over column with ignition switch to my paint guy and had him paint them. I was lucky that what is left was in pretty decent shape and was able to match up the color very closely.

Comment by Russ Austin on October 9, 2019 at 6:22pm

I painted the dash in my 63 Hearse. I left the dash in, but removed the instrument cluster, radio faceplate and AC control head.  

Comment by Jason Edge on October 9, 2019 at 2:01pm

It would be hard to describe everything from memory but Russ hits most of the biggies. Of course you want to remove the dash pad and lower dash cover, and removing the steering wheel and column will definitely make it easier. There is a large center upper bracket, vacuum hose connections, radio antenna, and a few other odds and ends but if you go slow it is not that bad.  When I part a car out I use a long flat screwdriver to disconnect the vent ducts and push them back a bit so they do not tear, and remove all of the metal dash body brackets except the top end brackets on the far left and right. As I disconnect things and am ready to remove the dash I have a large towel or blanket on my lap and lift the dash up and off the top end brackets and lay the dash in my lap. I have tools in hand such as pliers, small and large screw drivers and 1/4" socket for the Bowden cable bracket and WD40.  I use a small screwdriver to slip thru the open end of wiring connectors and a pliers to pull from the other end, and WD40 to lube it up a bit. Once I have the dash on my lap and everything disconnected I simply slide it out to one side as one assembly.  You said your seats are out... so this might not work as well for you. But for me I just sit the dash down in my lap with tools at hands reach. That's the way I have probably done it for the last 50 parts cars!

Comment by Jake Mickley on October 9, 2019 at 11:50am

Thanks Russ,

This may it may not be a winter project.  Haven't decided yet but I'm thinking it might be easier at the moment assum the seats are ito getting redone.


Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on October 9, 2019 at 10:40am

Hey Joe D 

I was just thinking the other day Joe’s car must be running good he has not been around for a while 


Comment by Russ Austin on October 9, 2019 at 8:00am

Disconnect the wire harness to the ignition switch. Disconnect the wire harness that clips to the bottom of the fuse panel.  Disconnect the wire harness plugs on the L and R side of the dash that plug into the kick panel connectors.  Remove the dash. Disconnect the speedometer cable. Disconnect all elec plugs to the AC/heat system. Disconnect all bowdens cables to the AC/heat system.  Disconnect the AC duct and defrost hoses.  It is best to remove the steering wheel so you don't have to muscle the dash over the column.  Don't forget the shift indicator.  

2 brackets on the bottom,, and 2 brackets on top.  There is a center support rod at the bottom. 

Go slow and look for wires still attached.  I went off of memory here.

Comment by Joe DiIaconi on October 9, 2019 at 7:57am

Oh wow yes I misread, you have to forgive me it's early. I've never done that but I'm sure someone has. Good luck

Comment by Jake Mickley on October 9, 2019 at 7:54am

Thanks Joe, however I am taking about the complete dash, not just the cover.

Comment by Joe DiIaconi on October 9, 2019 at 7:52am
I have a 64, but I'm sure the 63 is closed to the same thing. First you remove the window trim on either side of the dash. Then there are three screws above the instrument cluster. Then there are I believe two or three bolts n the glove box. Stick your hands in the defrosting Vents and pull towards yourself.


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