Mustang Dash Pad (1967-1968) Installation Instructions
1. As you examine your new Mustang Dash Pad
, take note of the location of the lower studs. Knowing where they are will help you get the old dash pad out much easier.
2. Start by removing the Mustang instrument panel
. There are three screws in the top, one on the left front, two under the bottom and a nut behind the right side. To get to the nut, remove the ashtray and the ashtray pivot/lighter assembly.
3. Pull the instrument panel out, then reach behind it and remove the following:
- the turn signal flasher (just twist it 90 degrees--it is attached to the blue plastic with 2 wires)
- the main power connector (squeeze the sides to release it--it is cream colored with about 12 wires)
- the clock power connector (squeeze the sides to release--it is two purple colored wires)
- the wiper switch plug (top left--it just pulls out and is brown with 5 wires).
Use the pliers to loosen the speedometer cable. Disconnecting all of those items will free up the panel to come completely out. Behind the panel support will be an air conditioning vent hose. Release the clip on the end at the left side vent and remove it completely.
4. With the Mustang air conditioning vent hose
removed, you can remove the four screws holding the air conditioning control panel. There are two on the top front and two on the lower bottom, with nuts behind them. Then, lower it out of the way. This allows access to the nut on the lower left retaining stud of the dash pad. It is outboard of and mid way down the air conditioning control opening. This is where it helps to know where this stud is located. Remove the nut and washer from the stud.
5. Move to the passenger side and remove the glove box by removing the three 5/16 inch hex head bolts under the Mustang glove box door
6. Unclip the air conditioning hose from the right side vent. Behind it is the right lower stud and nut. Remove the nut and washer.
7. Next, at the base of the windshield, remove the seven Phillips head screws that hold down the Mustang windshield dash trim
. Then, remove the trim.
8. At this point, the old Mustang dash pad
is able to be removed. On this Mustang, this exposed some rust.
9. After treating the rust and painting the metal, remove the air conditioning hose to get to and remove the speed nuts behind the dash trim panel above the glove box.
10. The A pillar trim pops out as it is only held in place with spring clips.
11. Slip the new dash pad in place, putting the lower studs through the holes. Then, put on the washers and nuts loosely.
12. Reattach the hold down trim pieces loosely.
13. Adjust the new Mustang dash pad
while tightening the trim screws and nuts. This is when any wrinkles or warping can be straightened. Reattach the dash trim panel. Put the air conditioning hose back above the glove box and re-clamp the ends.
14. Put in the A-pillar trim pieces.
16. Reinstall the air conditioning controls and air conditioning hose behind the drivers side dash support. You may need to zip tie it to keep it under the wiper arm.
18. After checking your full instrument panel, the lights and all your gauges to make sure they are still working, you've just completed installing your new Mustang Dash Pad