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How to Install a '71-'73 Dashpanel Assembly
Ford Built Them, Then Installed Them at Least That's What We Think
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The 69 Mustang interior was a definite departure from the previous years. Prior to 1969, the Mustang had a welded dashpanel that could not be removed. This, of course, created some problems with removal and installation of heater boxes and other firewall hardware. With the introduction of the 69 models, the era of dark-hole assembly ended. Ford used the bolt-in dash for the Mustang in 1972 when the Lazarus Project (our 72 Mach 1 project car) was assembled and still uses it today.
With the paint out of the way and the engine installed and detailed, we moved happily to the interior and, most importantly to this issue, the dash. Though there are not many parts available for the dash assemblies of these cars, there are some items that come in handy. For instance, we went to Dallas Mustang for pedal pads and brightwork. As for our dashpad, Just Dashes re-covered our original so that it fits right into our interior. Other items were gathered up over time, and some have been featured in recent months. Componentssuch as our refinished column, our factory-looking but modern performing radioand small items such as a good light switch (with all its chrome in place) were bought over time.
We also discovered that assembling the dashpanel harness and its attaching parts before assembly greatly eases the frustration level. All in all, the dash now shines like new money and has all the functioning items, such as that annoying key warning buzzer and that maddening seatbelt reminder.