Haaaa haaa... Yeeeeah I've been there. Feel like making a rally car out of it and just leaving the dash out huh ? Wait till you go to put it back together and studdenly all the bolts you need wont fit :lol:
Now i want to know honestly, was it that hard to pull it out? I mean for a pretty mechaniclly enclined person would it be really tough because i was thinking about switching mine out a while back but was kind of talked out of it but after seeing your pics it makes me want to do it again.
I haven't remove the dash in my escort yet, but i've done it in my Excel and it's not that hard...the only thing you need is some basic tools * screwdrivers * and some patience... just make sure that you've unplugged and unbolted everything before getting mad and start to beat the hell out of you dash !!!!
Try to work correctly by identifying your wires with stickers if you want to make it easier to put it back after you're done.... and also, you should always secure the same bolts in one canister or in a ziplock bags that you'd have previously identify too, cauz when everything is off...and sometimes you can't paint the whole dash in the same day..you can get pretty mixed up when you try to replace the parts...especially if you smoke or drink alot :lol:
All in all, it took me about 3 hours to get it all done...and i was working inside my car, with doors shut because there was a rain storm outside...( yeah i know i was a little bit too excited about this dash removal thing )
and it was my first attempt...
come to me i can hove a 2gen dash out and back in in a day! and i wont have screws left over (toss toss)
that how i bought my tracer, casue th eheater core was gone, started on a saturday nighte and pulled the dash, worked till the core was in, ran the car, it worked put it all back together the next dat!
and all the plugs should be diffretn good ol ford rarely uses the same wire in the the same place twice color wise but most the plugs are a little diffretn!
now that is a job....but the fun part is going back in and remembering everything....I'm gonna be doing that to mine in the near future...since I have all kinds of other stuff to do, I figured I might as wellchange my heater core....
feh, forget the dash, I want a close up pic of the yellow dude hanging from your mirror :lol:
Reminds me of my old '88 Hyundai Excel. I had this little thing that I called Green Koosh Man. Had a head, arms and legs and it's body was a koosh ball. He would sit inside a hole in my dash and keep me company on long drives across the 401