Removing the dash on your Fox is not the most enjoyable job, but it will be needed from time to time for repairs like your heater core or A/C accumulator. Now I know most of you have heard horror stories from friends on this, but don’t worry, we’ll cover all of the needed steps to get your Fox Body dash removed. Doing this removal on your own can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run rather than paying a shop to do this.
You will be able to get this job done with basic hand tools and no specialty tools will be required. For this removal process, we would set aside a solid day to complete this task.
The following instructions are for 87-93 Mustang, but 79-86 Mustang is similar with the main difference being fastener locations on the dash & console. Follow along and we will show you this step-by-step guide on how this is done.
- First, you will need to disassemble the main interior components. This will include removing the front seats and the center console. Check out these provided links to show you how these are removed.
- After you remove the seats and the center console using a Phillips head screwdriver, remove the front scuff plate screws and then remove the push pin on the lower kick panel.
- Now you can go ahead and pull the kick panel out of the car.
- Do the same on the other side.
- Pull out the cluster of wires on the passenger side of the car. Carefully separate each one of these connectors and be careful not to break any of the tabs.
- You can remove the 4 bolts on the lower dash cross brace, and then you can pull the brace out of the car.
- Remove the two nuts that hold the hood release bracket in place under the steering column. You can then allow the bracket and cable to hang free.
- Loosen the two nuts closest to you on the column then remove the two nuts on the column closest to the firewall.
- If you have a 90-93, disconnect the airbag harness connector. Disconnect the cruise, key warning, and ignition switch connectors.
- Support the column and now you can fully remove the two lower nuts closest to you from the previous step.
- Pull the column down far enough to remove the three multifunction switch connectors. Now you can allow the steering column to hang freely.
- Using a small flat bladed screwdriver, release both of the retaining tabs on the headlight switch.
- Remove the switch from the bezel and unplug both of the connectors.
- Do the same for the other side.
- Moving to the topside of the dash area, remove the two top cluster trim screws.
- Remove the bottom right cluster trim screw.
- You can then remove the cluster trim bezel from the car.
- Remove the four cluster retaining screws.
- Disconnect the main harness on the left hand side of the cluster, disconnect the speedometer cable, and then the right hand harness from the backside of the cluster assembly.
- Loosen the single nut retaining the dash spring to the pedal assembly. You do not need to fully remove this from the vehicle.
- Remove both of the speaker grill retaining screws and the grills from each side of the vehicle.
- Remove both of the glove box door screws and remove the glove box from the car.
- Using a flat bladed screwdriver, remove the defrost trim bezel by the windshield.
- Remove the five screws along the topside of the dash.
- Remove each of the single bolts on the lower corner of the dash at the kick panel area.
- Now you will be able to carefully lower the dash out of the way.
- Unplug your blower motor, vacuum line block, the blower resistor, and the radio amp if equipped.
- Over on the drivers side, disconnect the brake switch electrical harness.
- Now you can rotate the dash fully out of the way.
- Once this is out, you will be able to pull any associated wiring harnesses from the dash so you can fully remove this from the car.
Alright everyone, we know this seems like a daunting task, but it will be a needed procedure for many different repairs on your Mustang. We hope that this removal article has helped you get a better idea of the dash removal process for your 1979-93 Mustang. This is a fairly involved removal, but it can make a huge difference when servicing areas like your HVAC case.
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