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Dash pad replacement
#1398335 Mon Feb 22 2021 01:41 AM
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I have a 1986 GMC that needs a new dash pad. Has anyone replaced their dash pad recently? If so, where did you buy the replacement pad that you used and how satisfied are you with the results? Also, what is the level of difficulty with doing this with the windshield in place? Thanks!

Re: Dash pad replacement
ShannonH #1398434 Tue Feb 23 2021 12:16 AM
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LMC truck or any of the reputable vendors of this era truck parts will have
A decent pad.
If you have one of the common interior colors you can order the pad colored.
Otherwise your going to have to paint it.

The glass does not need to come out.
You remove the gauge cover by removing the screws surrounding it
And the lower cover around the steering column.
Then the screws at the bottom of the cover along the dash paint line
Lift up front of cover and pull toward you and that will release the clips at the bottom of the glass.

I'm sure there's probably a U-Tube video out there.

Good Luck,
Tom

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TGP #1398450 Tue Feb 23 2021 03:35 AM
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Tom, thanks for the info. Have you used one of the LMC dash pads? So installing the replacement would just be a matter of getting the clips lined up properly and then popping the pad into place? I couldn't tell exactly how it is retained by looking at it so your description is a big help.

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ShannonH #1398506 Tue Feb 23 2021 04:33 PM
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Yes I have but many years ago.
I'm sure there still good.

Also they make slip over covers that are not bad.
Sometimes that works well.

Forgot to mention there is a screw on the side at
Each end of the pad.

You start the clips in place then reinstall all the screws.
Tom


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