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#343041 - Fri Nov 30 2007 01:23 AM How to remove dash from 1951 Chevy 3100?  
ChevyTruckKy  Offline
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Hi all... well it's been one of those days. Just getting into the teardown of my 51 Chevy 3100 and we've discovered some major structural issues with the cab related to the floorboard, door frames, and firewall that make me think that all we can do at this point is part it out. I have another 1951 Chevy 3100 5-window cab that I believe is in better shape. So.. now that I have your sympathy... laugh.. laugh... I'd like to know if anyone has advice on the best way to remove the dashboard. I can see two bolts on each end of underside of dash but the rest appears to be welded in place. I'd like to remove dash as it and the gauges are all viable. Thanks in advance!!!



#343044 - Fri Nov 30 2007 01:33 AM Re: How to remove dash from 1951 Chevy 3100? [Re: ChevyTruckKy]  
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#343097 - Fri Nov 30 2007 03:42 AM Re: How to remove dash from 1951 Chevy 3100? [Re: delux54panel]  
OLTrucks  Offline
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Acme little Giant Dash remover jell..............
Humm ok it is spot welded all around the windshield opening and has a couple of bkts. so pick your best way to remove spot welds.
Mike


Mike
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Etymology: Middle Eng, from Latin restaurare to renew,rebuild
1 :GIVE BACK,RETURN
2 :to bring back to or put back into a former or original state:RENEW
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#343103 - Fri Nov 30 2007 03:50 AM Re: How to remove dash from 1951 Chevy 3100? [Re: OLTrucks]  
ChevyTruckKy  Offline
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Man.. you guys are tough on the new guy... i appreciate the humor and it sounds like there's not much to removing it! Thanks!


#343116 - Fri Nov 30 2007 04:20 AM Re: How to remove dash from 1951 Chevy 3100? [Re: ChevyTruckKy]  
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Originally Posted By ChevyTruckKy
Man.. you guys are tough on the new guy... i appreciate the humor and it sounds like there's not much to removing it! Thanks!


not a fun job....

You could remove like it like delux54panel said but you need to cut it at the cowl to get the lip for the dash also. You still have to either use a cut off wheel or try to drill the spot welds out on the sides of the dash near the doors.

Like OLTrucks said you could drill all the spot welds out to remove it. But you still have to either use a cut off wheel or try to drill the spot welds out on the sides of the dash near the doors.

I did it the stone age way since I had no electric or air & was in the middle of whaet field in northern Kansas. I used a hammer & couple of very sharp chisels. Not pretty but it worked...Joe



#343208 - Fri Nov 30 2007 03:15 PM Re: How to remove dash from 1951 Chevy 3100? [Re: ]  
Brad Allen  Online
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I don't know if you have access to the factory assembly manual but it has really good detail on the locations of brackets and number of spotwelds. I agree that cut-off wheel or spot weld cutter would be the way to go. If the existing cab is junk cut it out of the cab with a torch and then seperate it carefully at the original attachment points on a work table. I don't have a scanner but if you send me your address I could photocopy the pages showing the details.


#343215 - Fri Nov 30 2007 03:57 PM Re: How to remove dash from 1951 Chevy 3100? [Re: Brad Allen]  
atomarc  Offline
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ChevyTruckKy,


Generally speaking, the dash isn't removable. I guess I missed the gist in the posts that made it seem like no big deal.

To expound on my statement. You can remove dash #1 by chopping it up and taking it out in sections. Your donor dash #2 is left in the donor cab, and the cab is removed from the dash, so to say!

You now end up with a semi-intact dash to install in your dash-less cab!

I have done this procedure, and that is how I accomplished it. Because of the amount of spotwelds, and the tight quarters in the pillar and windshield area, something must be sacrificed in this procedure. You cannot come out of this task with a perfect dash and a perfect cab.

Stuart


#343348 - Fri Nov 30 2007 08:59 PM Re: How to remove dash from 1951 Chevy 3100? [Re: atomarc]  
OLTrucks  Offline
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Originally Posted By atomarc
ChevyTruckKy,
You cannot come out of this task with a perfect dash and a perfect cab.
Stuart


Boy Howdy thats it right there
Mike


Mike
re�store
Pronunciation: ri-'stOr,
Etymology: Middle Eng, from Latin restaurare to renew,rebuild
1 :GIVE BACK,RETURN
2 :to bring back to or put back into a former or original state:RENEW
Now is that what you did with a V8 and air bags ?


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#343438 - Sat Dec 01 2007 12:07 AM Re: How to remove dash from 1951 Chevy 3100? [Re: ChevyTruckKy]  
Czechman  Offline
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Originally Posted By ChevyTruckKy
we've discovered some major structural issues with the cab related to the floorboard, door frames, and firewall that make me think that all we can do at this point is part it out.


OH NO! I was really looking forward to seeing your progress on that one. I was wondering how bad it really was. By looking at the pictures in the Gallery she didn't look very encouraging. Sorry to hear it.


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#347704 - Wed Dec 12 2007 04:44 AM Re: How to remove dash from 1951 Chevy 3100? [Re: Czechman]  
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I would avoid using the cutting torch. Talk about ugly results...


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