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Post by HDHugger on Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:10 am

Can anybody tell me what this is for? It looks broken on the right side, and there was nothing going through the half-round hole on the left side of the piece.

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Post by Limey SE on Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:24 am

honestly I have taken apart 6 or 7 dashs and have not found something like that ?? I wil be waiting like you for what it is .........
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Post by 1973montec on Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:17 pm

that is the corner by the clock. it is part of the the plastic bottom part.
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Post by HDHugger on Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:12 am

Bottom part of what? Support for the clock???

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:21 am

I believe that what you have there is the broken inner support that the Temp Control Panel attaches to. It looks like one of the mtg holes for an upper screw is intact. There would be another one opposite of that...but that section is missing.
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:26 am

I have found out the secret to your dilema pics are loading............

the speaker grille is what got me thinking of where to look on my dash
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:43 am

ok the first pics are the back side that piece on yours is to hold the gauge cluster in there ....... the other pics is what it should look like from the front


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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:56 am

Yep...see those three mtg screw holes in triangular form around the large opening? That is where the Temp Control A$$'y mounts. Mystery solved... right, compadre?!
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:09 am

well its the whole dash assy that bolts in there and uses all three mounting holes but yes thats it
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Post by 1973montec on Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:20 am

thank you limey.i was on the right page but
it is so hard to tell people what stuff is when i have nuttin to take pics of. chris has all this stuff. i have a key to his unit,but i have NO idea where stuff is like he does.
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Post by HDHugger on Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:39 am

MCarlo77, can you see if you can find one, or are you done junkyard shopping for the winter?

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:00 pm

As you can imagine, the persistent cold and snow cover has put the hurt on getting out and finding parts. But, duty calls and I'll venture out whenever the conditions allow. As you know, this piece is an integral part of the molded dash and will have to be cut out. Perhaps you could PM me and share just what you had in mind for reattaching a replacement piece. In other words, where would you like me to make the cuts? God knows there are plenty of damaged dashes laying around...so, availability won't be a problem.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:59 pm

HDHugger wrote:MCarlo77, can you see if you can find one, or are you done junkyard shopping for the winter?

i have the whole bottom part,it will only work if you have a 2 piece dash.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:46 pm

Will someone please explain what these 2-piece dashes are? Did GM use both types? What years or models? I've both pulled and seen dozens of dashes from Chevelles and Montes and they were all one piece. Yet, I keep hearing of people talking about 2-piece dashes.
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Post by abajc3 on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:01 pm

mine is 2 piece, 77 malibu classic. I can take some photos during the weekend if you want

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Post by abajc3 on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:07 pm

the padded and the hard plastic part are basically 2 separate units bolted together. Quite convenient,since its usually the upper part thats cracked. Dont know how comon they are though, you are the one that knows all that stuff Steve:)

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:26 pm

i have a 77 monte dash that is ONE piece and will not come apart for NO man.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:31 pm

How are the two pcs bonded together? I always thought that when someone mentioned their 2-pc dash, they somehow had pulled the top half away from the bottom half. Interesting....
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:32 pm

it looks to be vacuumed sealed to it.
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Post by abajc3 on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:43 pm

mine is just bolted from the back side,nothing special. Its them bolts that cut their own thread (dont know how they are called in english) so it might be a homemade fix,although i seriously doubt it because that metal clips are in too. Too bad that i didnt take any photos when i had it apart

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:51 pm

abajc3 wrote:mine is just bolted from the back side,nothing special. Its them bolts that cut their own thread (dont know how they are called in english) so it might be a homemade fix,although i seriously doubt it because that metal clips are in too. Too bad that i didnt take any photos when i had it apart

i have about 6 dashes,i'll take some pics when i get a chance.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:56 pm

I've got two spares of my own...but again, they are one piece dashes where the top/outer is molded or thermobonded to the plastic backing. Suppose if you worked at it long enough, you could figure out a way to separate the two pcs. On the other hand, what would be the point? Still can't find repro replacement tops...just the caps.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:02 am

i have 21 73-77 montes.the only 2 piece dashes i have found have been in the 73's that ive owned.
it would pi$$ me off when i found a perfect pad but someone took their frustrations out and broke the sh!+ out of the bottom part.i guess 25 years ago i should of took time and sat on my skinny a$$ and found a way to fix them.
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Post by HDHugger on Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:38 am

When I bought repair the manual for my car, I had to buy the '74 and the supplement for the '75. So when I went to take out the dash, I looked the the '74 manual and said, "hey, I can do that! It's only 4 bolts!" Well, I soon found out that the '74 is quite different, being that it was a 2 piece and those 4 bolts weren't where they were supposed to be. I opened up the '75 supplement and it's a one piece dash and a whole different ballgame. So '74 is apparently one of the years they made it a 2-piece.

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:24 am

Okay...so from what I'm reading so far, the 2-piece has been found on '73's, '74's and '77's. I've got a '73 and '74 dash and they both are the 1-piece. Seems to have been completely random. Learning something new about these cars everyday!
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