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jk79ta

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metal dash cut question
« on: September 21, 2017, 09:19:56 AM »
OK, so the previous owner of my 69 decided to put an aftermarket radio in. The 69 firebird is apparently a one year thing for the radio so there is a bar that goes left to right above the buttons. Anyway, he said after he cut the metal framework behind the dash the light don't work properly. He thinks the metal needs to be replaced to continue a ground. Does that sound right to you guys? I'm in the process of tearing the thing apart and would like to know if I need to run a wire across there or weld up another piece of sheet metal while it's torn apart.

LeighP

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Re: metal dash cut question
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2017, 05:09:43 PM »
Sounds like the isolated a section of the dash structure when he cut that metal......I'm doing a 69, but I've yet to pull the dash out to have a look.....its a way down the track.

If you can reach behind there, try using a piece of wire with a couple of alligator clips on it to brdge the gap.....if it works, then thats the issue right there.
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Leigh

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Former Firebirds -
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
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jk79ta

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Re: metal dash cut question
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 05:42:14 AM »
Yeah, I'll give that a try. I have to get the dash out first! What a pain! Every time I work on it I darn near bleed to death and give up! A lot of sharp stuff behind there! Thanks again.

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Re: metal dash cut question
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 05:49:04 AM »
Sharp stuff....great...looking forward to it, lol.
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Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe (project)

Former Firebirds -
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe


jk79ta

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Re: metal dash cut question
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2017, 08:54:36 AM »
Yeah, it's tight back there. I don't know what I'm doing, so there may be a better way. Just make sure you have a lot of band-aids!

Re: metal dash cut question
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Re: metal dash cut question
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2017, 04:36:27 PM »
I doubt it.  The parts of the dash that are welded together go everywhere.  the dash panel plastic piece is just plastic.  As he told you, he was just making up the answers.
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jk79ta

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Re: metal dash cut question
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2017, 06:25:24 AM »
Well, I got the dash/ gauge holder off finally. Guess I was getting cut up because of all the sharp edges and points from the previous owner surgery to the framework. It is now obvious to me that the ground strap went from the gauges through the cigarette lighter and then somewhere to the frame. That has been cut so I'll need to run a wire somewhere to complete the circuit.  I'm going to order a new printed circuit, replace the bulbs with leds, do some painting and try to get the thing back together. Lot of work left to do yet, floor plans, take the engine out, etc. Why do I get myself into this stuff!!

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Re: metal dash cut question
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2017, 06:44:07 AM »
Because you can't say no...... Just when I thought I was out, a 69 dragged me back in.....  :lol:
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Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe (project)

Former Firebirds -
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe


jk79ta

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Re: metal dash cut question
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2017, 07:45:04 AM »
That's right! No will power! I've owned my 79 since I was single and it was new. My wife always wanted a first gen, and so did I, but never thought there would be one around so I always told her, we'll get one someday. darn! Then one becomes available, around the corner from our house! I'm getting too old for this! Good luck with yours.

Joe

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Re: metal dash cut question
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2017, 08:51:24 AM »
 :lol:

Thanks, Joe.
Regards,
Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe (project)

Former Firebirds -
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe


Re: metal dash cut question
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2017, 08:51:24 AM »
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