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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 8th, 19, 6:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dash bezel removal 1965 chevelle

Having trouble replacing chrome plastic dash bezel on my 65 Chevelle how is this easily done
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 8th, 19, 7:47 PM
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Re: Dash bezel removal 1965 chevelle

You have to:

1. remove the radio
2. disconnect all the wiring at the gauge cluster including the instrument lighting, ignition switch, lighter, light switch, wiper switch and disconnect the speedometer cable
3. remove the plate beneath the steering column then remove the bolts holding the column to the dash panel and push the column down a few inches
4. remove all the screws holding the bezel to the dash panel
5. carefully pull the bezel from the dash

Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, it is sometimes easier to leave all the wiring connected to the gauge cluster and switches and disconnect the harness at the firewall and pull the wiring out still connected to the dash bezel components. Regardless, once the bezel is out you can remove the gauge cluster and switches one by one if you like. You can also remove the switches first if you prefer.

To remove the wiper switch, loosen the set screw on the side of the knob and then remove the attaching ring by unscrewing it. To remove the headlight switch, pull the knob out all the way, press the release button on the side of the switch behind the bezel and pull the knob out completely. Then the attaching ring can be unscrewed using a special tool or you can use an old dinner fork with the middle two tines removed. To remove the ignition switch, turn the key to ACCESSORY, then press a pin or paper clip into the small hole in the face of the lock cylinder and turn the lock further to the left and remove the lock cylinder. Once the cylinder is out you can unscrew the ignition switch bezel. To remove the lighter socket, remove the lighter, then simply unscrew the socket retainer off the back of the socket. To remove the radio, pull all the knobs and knob bezels off then remove the nuts retaining the stems to the dash bezel, then disconnect the radio electrical connections and the one supporting bolt holding the body of the radio to a support strut behind the dash. If you have an aftermarket radio, you are on your own to figure out how it is attached.

If you are installing a new dash bezel, be sure to transfer the thin grounding straps found on the back of the bezel to the new bezel or you will have poor or no ground to help the instruments, lights and switches work properly. There are also steel reinforcement strips in the top edge of the bezels that support it along the screw holes which also need to be transferred to the new bezel.
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Re: Dash bezel removal 1965 chevelle

It is actually possible, although not at all pleasant, to remove the plastic bezel without removing the gauge cluster or wiring from the car. But you have to be a contortionist and VERY patient to unscrew the gauge cluster from the bezel from underneath the dash. Then it is just as fun to install the new or replated bezel and get all the screws back in to hold the cluster to the bezel working from beneath the dash.

I did it that way once, but probably never will again! All in all, probably a toss up as to which way is the most work.

Good luck!

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Re: Dash bezel removal 1965 chevelle

I was planning on taking bezel and gauge cluster out as one unit. Want to get an idea how its done
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Re: Dash bezel removal 1965 chevelle

I have 3speed on the column. do I need to disconnect any shift linkage when I drop steering column.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 8th, 19, 11:23 PM
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Re: Dash bezel removal 1965 chevelle

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I have 3speed on the column. do I need to disconnect any shift linkage when I drop steering column.
No, shift linkage should have enough "play" that the column will move.


A side comment: You referred to the dash bezel as chrome.



Aftermarket bezels are plastic with a "chrome like" coating all over.


Original dash bezels were not shiny all over like the repros, the outer edge and raised letters were shiny and the rest of the bezel was a more dull silver. Done on purpose to avoid bright reflections.



Good luck on your project.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 9th, 19, 9:57 AM
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Re: Dash bezel removal 1965 chevelle

Dropping the steering column an inch or two helps (giving you a little more wiggle room) which are help up by two bolts under the dash there. When you put make make sure you get the dash grounding stuff on right or things will get weird with your wipers and lights. You will notice the grounding straps/plates and the back of your old dash that need to be put back in. Like Rich L-79 said.

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