Next, the clear plastic instrument cluster cover must be removed. It
clips into slots on the white housing. We grabbed a screwdriver and
carefully pried them out of the slots.
Be careful, take your time, and all of them will let loose. Set the clear cover off to the side.
We decided to remove the black hood that is also clipped onto
the white instrument assembly. The same screwdriver was again used to
depress the clips and gently push them out of the slots. As with the
plastic over, work your way around the cluster assembly, taking your time and
OK, you have completed the disassembly part of the project. You should have in front of you an instrument cluster that probably needs to be cleaned off just a bit (mine had some dust and such that had accumulated over the years). Jim used a soft tissue and some isopropyl alcohol (ordinary rubbing alcohol) to clean the surface of the instrument cluster. Be careful around the gauge needles. They were much more rugged than I expected them to be (that is a GOOD thing).
Using a small pair of needle nose pliers, carefully removed the tachometer and speedometer zero stop pins. Gently grasp the pin with the pliers and pull straight up. They are press fit into the assembly and will come out. They are pretty small so put them in a safe place since you will need to install them once the overlays are in place. I can probably comment here and say that I forgot to put mine back in and was about 2 screws away from putting the entire dash back together when I noticed my speedometer pointing towards the floor. DOH! (so I got some extra practice in taking my dash apart, again!)
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