7 A & B Since the new pad has all the factory-mounting points, these items easily bolted on to the new NPD piece with our old hardware.
8 With the clips and lower plastics in place, the new assembly is slipped into the car.
9 Even though the new unit has more retention clips, no mods to the car's sheetmetal portion of the dash are necessary. NPD knew there were holes not being used, so it decided to utilize them.
10 Once all the clips were pointed at their respective holes, a light tap on the pad snapped them in.
11 One thing we wish we had ordered was the Camaro Fastener Kit/Instrument Cluster, PN C-9743-16AK. In that kit, we would have gotten these little nut clips. Since our dash was broken up, we were missing a few of them. We were able to scrounge our shop for a few that will work, but the correct ones are smaller and would have made the job go a bit faster—well worth the six bucks the kit cost.
12 The instrument cluster bolts to the dashpad in four points. Once this is installed, the dash becomes pretty dang solid.
13 The bezel doesn't provide a ton of support, but it does the job it's supposed to, which is to make the cluster look good. Make sure you have the grounds for the headlight switch, wiper switch, and lighter hooked up or you might be scratching your head as to why they stopped working.
14 With the bezel in place, we could bring the column up and tighten it in place.
15 Now the final piece of this dash puzzle—the filler piece that houses the heater controls. Just like the other plastics, it mounts to the bottom of the dashpad.
16 There are two screws by the heater controls...
17 ...two hiding under the ashtray...
18 ...and then a few on the bottom that tie it to the driver side vent and passenger side plastic. There are two bolts that attach the lower outside corners of the dash assembly to the kick panel area of the car to complete the install.
19 The last thing we did was to clean our old plastics so they wouldn't detract from the new dashpad. NPD's new dashpad is awesome; it makes the dash nice and rigid, but is still soft and supple when you touch it. We feel confident it will stand the test of time, thanks to all the improvements made.