Before ripping out the old dash and messing with the wires, don't forget to disconnect the battery. You wouldn't want to get zapped.Before ripping out the old dash and messing with the wires, don't forget to disconnect the With all the new gauges wired up, it is time to start removing the old dash and instruments. Be sure to save all those Torx screws you're removing; you're going to need them when you're putting the Covan's Classic dash back in.With all the new gauges wired up, it is time to start removing the old dash and instrument Once the faceplate is removed, the printed circuit board is next. All the circuitry is on the back of the white plastic piece. After we loosened everything up and yanked and pulled, nothing came out. And then the light bulb went on--we forgot about the speedo cable! Duh! Once the speedometer was snipped (we don't need it anyway), the whole cluster came right out.Once the faceplate is removed, the printed circuit board is next. All the circuitry is on Here is what is left once everything is removed. On either side of the steering column is the original stock wire harness. At this point, following the instructions helps tremendously. Before we used the wire clippers, reading the directions, and following the supplied diagrams helped tremendously. American Auto Wire has already done the research for you, and provided all the diagrams explaining each colored wire and its function. We closely followed the directions, then snipped and spliced one wire at a time, putting them in the proper location of the new plastic harness provided. Admittedly, this part of the job took quite a while. It was intimidating to start snipping the old stock wires, because after the first few snips with the wire cutters, there is no going back. Also, having a great crimping/stripping tool is a must for this job. Spend the $20 to get one; it will save a lot of time. Once everything is said and done, it's now time for the plug-and-play aspect of this install.Here is what is left once everything is removed. On either side of the steering column is Now that all the wires are spliced, crimped with their new connectors and plugged in, we slid the new instrument cluster in place. Before we even started screwing it down, we made sure all the grounding wires were properly out of the way and routed through the dash and firewall. Don't forget to run the new speedo wires through the firewall and attach them to the VSS. Now that everything was in place and the battery hooked up again, it was the moment of truth. As the light switch was pulled, only half the gauges lit up and worked! After pulling the panel out and inspecting everything, it turned out one of the grounding wires had come loose and affected the others down the circuit. Now it was time for the second try. Success, everything lit up like it was supposed to, but when we took a spin around the block, some of the gauges didn't work! It was back to the drawing board. It turned out we forgot to install the oil-pressure sending unit and calibrate the speedometer. What a rookie mistake! Now everything lit up like a downtown Christmas tree and worked--only the gauges seemed way too bright. Simply twisting the light switch did nothing to dim the dash; it only turned them off. Turns out Auto Meter makes a simple dimmer switch. We're going to have to order that one and put it on.Looking back, if there was a chance to do some things over again, we would. The lower gauges on either side of the steering column are too far out of the way to be effectively seen. They are nearly hidden in those locations. Doing it all over again, I would order a blank dash from Covan's and an A-pillar pod from Auto Meter. That way you can place the large gauges anywhere on the panel you chose. The remaining smaller gauges would be quite visible tucked into the A-pillar pod.Now that all the wires are spliced, crimped with their new connectors and plugged in, we s « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article By Mike Harrington Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!