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Forcedbird Offline
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#1
Just wanted to let you guys know that I joined the heater core club this weekend. It took about 8hrs to do. The only bad thing that happend was I cracked my perfect dash in 3 spots trying to removing the drivers side speaker grill. Do you guys have any tricks from stoping it from running or spliting?

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tps87turbo Offline
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#2
Depending on how bad the crack is, it may not spread anymore. I ususaly put something under my screwdriver (like a towel or cardboard) when pulling speaker covers to prevent those cracks. Can you post a couple of pics so we can see how bad it is? If you want, you can get a dashcap to cover those cracks. Several people have them & are happy with them.
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Turbojet Offline
Senior Member
#3
Quote:Originally posted by Forcedbird:
Just wanted to let you guys know that I joined the heater core club this weekend. It took about 8hrs to do. The only bad thing that happend was I cracked my perfect dash in 3 spots trying to removing the drivers side speaker grill. Do you guys have any tricks from stoping it from running or spliting?

I did the same thing, cracked my perfect dash changing the dreaded heater core.
Looked it over later and figured out if I remove the gauge cluster, then push up on the speaker grill pins it'll save from cracking the dash pad on that side. The other side I dropped the glove box and reached up through and pushed the speaker grill pins up on that side.
Hope this helps for the next time!


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Matt S Offline
Posting Freak
#4
I bet you feel good about getting it done!

I got my dash in and out without cracking it at ALL and 4 days later one morning a crack at the light sensor appeared and I hadn't even driven it yet. Go figure.
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#5
I put a foot long wood ruler right under the grille on the dash, and pry against the ruler.

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88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#6
On the driver's side speaker grill, you can remove the gauge pod and then push the expansion retainers up from the bottom instead of having to pry them up by putting pressure on the dash pad. One retainer is accessible from behind the pod. The other from the heater duct.
Turbojet told me about this method. I just used it about 2 weeks ago.

[This message has been edited by Pete D (edited 09-27-2005).]
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