15. Since the original factory dashpad was cracked and warped, Ground Up supplied us with a fresh dash unit with new mounting hardware and original lower instrument trim panel.
16. The dashpad and original lower instrument trim panel, were then secured together using the original factory mounting hardware.
17. Next, secure the six new mounting clips to the rear of the dashpad to prepare it for installation using a 3⁄8-inch socket and ratchet.
18. Align the dashpad and carefully slide the six clips into the upper metal dashpanel and push the dashpad forward till the clips snap into place.
19. The new dashpad looks killer and gives us an idea of just how nice the interior is going to look.
20. Newell then routed the rear body wiring kit through the factory locations and into the trunk.
21. For the ultimate in insulation, QuietRide Solutions offers a 1970-1974 GM F-Body pre-cut AcoustiShield kit (PN GMAF 7074-CAK), which includes everything to get the job done, step-by-step instructions, and any needed adhesives.
22. Installing WeatherShield to the inner door was a snap. First, make sure the inner panel surface is clean and dry. Then apply three strips of Dynamat Xtreme to the inside of the doorskin to stop panel vibration.
23. Next, lay a sheet of aluminum barrier insulation on top of the inner door panel frame and trace the amount of product to be trimmed off. This will keep it hidden behind the door panel upholstery when applied back in place.
24. Using scissors, carefully trim away the excess aluminum barrier insulation as well as make accommodation for the inner door handle and window riser.
25. To secure the insulation in place, the kit includes a roll of double-sided foam tape. Work your way around the outer perimeter of the door structure, keeping within the barrier limits. Add adhesive strips to the raised inner structure areas as well.
26. Carefully peel away the top adhesive tape strips and lightly place the insulation in place. When satisfied with its position, gently press down to adhere it in place.
27. Newell first test-fitted the pre-cut AcoustiShield panels in place. He then applied the included spray adhesive to the fibrous side of a panel and then followed with spraying it to the corresponding floor area. He then secured the panel in place.
28. Once the heat absorber/barrier was glued in place, aluminum tape was applied to all seams and edges.
29. The completed installation of the AcoustiShield kit looks amazing and will make a huge difference in how comfortable the cabin of Orange Krate will be once it hits the road.