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Unread 02-28-2010, 08:55 AM   #1
Conch Cruiser
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CJ Dash Removal?

I'm getting my plans together to restore my 83 CJ7.

I've been reading posts on this forum and gathering ideas and information. Great site.

On one of the "Jeep Build Threads" it looked like someone pulled the dash out and all the wires stayed on the guages and etc. as if they were disconnected at the firewall.

Is that the case?

I saw another "Jeep Build Thread" where it looked like he pulled the dash and all the wires stayed attached to the firewall.

If it can be doen both ways, which is better?

I think I would like to pull the dash leaving the wires connected to the guages and etc.

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Unread 02-28-2010, 09:45 AM   #2
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I would start using penetrating oil on the hinges now and use lots unless you know they will move. Most are seized and just bend, then you need new ones.

The fuse panel comes apart at the firewall. There are a couple small screws in it and one big center bolt on the engine side that pulls it all apart. You end up with a dash harness piece, a tail harness piece, an engine harness piece and a front light harness piece.

If you need any light plugs or sockets, a harness from a full sized GM van that hasn't been open to the weather has all the same parts.

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Unread 02-28-2010, 10:08 AM   #3
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Thanks Mike, That is how I had if figured out. I appreciate the verification.
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Unread 02-28-2010, 10:17 AM   #4
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I like leaving all the wires on also. Just some minor stuff like brae light switch and dimmer switch and rear harness has to be disconnected. You'll see as you pull it out.
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Unread 02-28-2010, 11:27 AM   #5
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make sure you read the section on pulling the steering colum.
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