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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Question Alfa Romeo Spider Dashboard Removal

Hello, I have a 1990 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. Beautiful car that I have owned for about the last 10 years. I just recently noticed a crack in the top of the dashboard that extends from the back of one of the round ac/heat vents to the base of the windshield. I have ordered the new dash. Years ago I swapped a couple of dashboards on some MG's but have never tried an Alfa. Can anyone supply information on how the old dash is fastened into the car, how to remove, difficulties??? I have not looked around too hard yet under the dash to see how it connects. The shop manual doesn't give too much information on this. If anyone can offer information or support I would be forever grateful. Many thanks. Joe
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 01:28 PM
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Joe, you do know that nice caps are made for these dashes, right? I have R&R'd a GTV 6 dash, but I've never done a late model Spider dash (although I have a '91). I understand it's not an easy job though. It attaches basically at 4 points, 2 on the ends and 2 toward the center. The A/C has to get evacuated also, I am told.

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Welcome to the BB. Actually, removing the dash is not that hard. It's getting everything out of the way that takes so long. If your car has A/C that will at least need to be lowered down - I'm not sure if it has to be totally disconnected or not. The knee bolsters have to come out as does the center console. The instrument pod needs to come off. As mentioned above, the dash itself is secured to the car at four points - two in the center, and one at each outer end. Don't forget to disconnect the battery before doing all the above - it helps to avoid sparks and keeps the smoke inside the wires.

There is likely more info in the Spider section.

Say, you could take a bunch of photos and take notes then post a How-To for the rest of us! Perhaps have a pretty woman doing the wrenching...
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... and ID tag the wire leads with masking tape as you remove them from their devices! Drop the fuse box off its two pivots, and leave it in the floor with leads connected. No sense in making a job more complex, as I see it.

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Hi Folks. Thanks very much for the information. ghnl, I see you are located just a few miles down the road from me. I live in Greensboro. Would you happen to know a restoration shop or an individual in the area that would be willing to perform this work? The more I see what is involved I would definitely prefer to pay someone else to do it. And unfortunately all the supermodels I know are booked. Words cannot express how much I don't want to do this swap, but I may have to. Ugh!!!
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You might try Kevin Harper at BIF Motors. You're welcome to join us at a meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Alfa Romeo Club. https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-...nts/237892067/

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Thanks Eric. I will contact BIF right away. I'll check my schedule for the AROC meeting. I would live to attend.
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