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can I remove my dash?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Firecracker, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. Firecracker
    Joined: Aug 6, 2007
    Posts: 239


    I'm sure that this might be a stupid question, but I've been looking at the dash in my 53 chevy and I was wondering if there was a way to take it out so that I can paint it?
  2. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,188

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Car or truck? Trucks are welded in. Dunno about cars
  3. Firecracker
    Joined: Aug 6, 2007
    Posts: 239


    Oh sorry, It's a car
  4. Big Nick
    Joined: Sep 7, 2005
    Posts: 847

    Big Nick

    I think cars are welded in also. My buddy painted his in the car.

  5. jville_hot_skater
    Joined: Apr 9, 2009
    Posts: 1,001

    from jville

    look under the dash to see if its bolted or welded on...if its bolted, then go on a paint it.
  6. fatrhino
    Joined: Jul 7, 2005
    Posts: 97


    my '50 is welded in, so no go unless you cut it out and weld it back in (which would probably ruin the nice paint that you removed it to spray on)
  7. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,027

    from California

  8. Firecracker
    Joined: Aug 6, 2007
    Posts: 239


    I haven't been able to find any bolts, so i'm guessing that it's welded in. I didn't know if there was anyway to get it out. I've seen some really nice dashes in 53 and 54 chevy, so how are you guys painting them? Is it best to strip it in the car and then just use a touch up gun?
  9. Slag Kustom
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 4,312

    Slag Kustom

    take the dash all apart,window out. tape every thing up and paint like any other part.
  10. oilslinger53
    Joined: Apr 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,500

    from covina CA

    They dont come out without lots of cutting. You gotta paint it in the car.
  11. Firecracker
    Joined: Aug 6, 2007
    Posts: 239


    Thats what I was thinking that I would have to do, but I was trying to et around having to take the glass out.
  12. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,208

    from Sultan, WA

    I brush painted my 64 el camino dash, dont laugh, just wet sanded and buffed it out afterwards and it looked near perfect, until it got bent when i got t-boned
  13. Tcoupe
    Joined: Nov 14, 2003
    Posts: 314


    I just painted the dash in my the car with the windshield in place, used a smaller touch up type gun on it.

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  14. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,181

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Once the dash is stripped, before you paint it, here's a tip;

    Spray bomb the back side of the dash in white. If you ever have to troubleshoot wiring, etc. under the dash down the road, you'll have an easy on the eyes white backgroung for all your wiring, etc.
  15. 454_4_ON_THE_FLOOR
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
    Posts: 179

    from Selden, TX

    I wish you could unbolt the things, it would be so much easier to clean and sand and paint. As far as I know they're all welded though.
  16. skyrodder
    Joined: May 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,925


    what you could do , is cut it out and weld some tabs inside of it so you can bolt it back on when your done painting it chroming etc.......
  17. Von Dago
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 504

    Von Dago
    from New Jersey

    Hot Rods Ta Hell, that is one great idea.
  18. Firecracker
    Joined: Aug 6, 2007
    Posts: 239


    that sounds like a great idea.

    How hard is it to get the gushes and chrome to come out and when you get the gauges out, can the be taken apart and cleaned?
  19. Chevy dashes are welded 1949 through 1960 at least. If I have to cut one out I try to cut under the garnish trim.

    Interestingly not all GM dashes in the same body styles are welded. For instance 59-60 Pontiac bolt in, and they're two pieces (a top and a bottom). The Chevy the bottom is bolted but the top is welded - and it's all one piece.
  20. The Gambler
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 426

    The Gambler

    GREAT tip!!!
  21. EV34
    Joined: Aug 29, 2008
    Posts: 699


    thats a bitchin idea
  22. mrconcdid
    Joined: Aug 31, 2010
    Posts: 1,157

    from Florida

    Im trying the same thing in the same car 53 chevy, my dash is rotted out really bad from a leaking front windshield. I see it is spot welded in on the right and left sides, there are also 2 rod style braces running to the firewall, the dash looks like it goes into the front windshield channel. does it? i would like to leave the glass in for now and just remove the dash to rebuild it.
    So my question is really, if I drill out the spot welds and remove the rod braces will the dash come out or does the window also have to come out?. thanks

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    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010

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