My system of keeping the pieces together has worked pretty well. Here were all the parts necessary, all the hardware, for the job… and you’ll see below, only had a couple of pieces left over 🙂
Not everything is as clear, of course; but, the main pieces that must go back on. Not tagged well enough at times with 50 or 60 such little containers; but, usually enough to know what the job was based on the condition of the contents (i.e., greasy studs, probably engine, sheet metal screws, probably interior, etc.).
This is just about as close as I ever want to get to this side of the firewall again. The dash is removed and the metal support that holds the steering column up had to come out to access things. It needed painting anyway; although, with any luck, it will NEVER been seen again. That’s just how I do things.
In 2013, I posted about a replacement heater core purchased from AutoZone here. I won’t go into those details again; but, notice, this is the original, 28+ year old heater core. It was serviced by Ronnie’s Radiator in Escondido and fitted with new rubber o-rings… as good as new.
Heater core in its suitcase on floor. It has to connect with rubber seals to the other half of the suitcase still attached to the firewall. That’s the AC side, while the heater side is still on the floor. The ECU goes back up under there somewhere…
Both halves of the suitcase… installed. Lots of pictures here on wiring… remember, all these connectors have to re-connect behind the dash… later 🙂
The turn signal switch (not pictured here) has been waiting to go back together for years… I believe there’s another post on it… if not, there sure should be. It was a job one of my sons, Ken, and I started around 2011… It’s been worked on a few times, and a used one was purchased as a model… The original will go back on… and all the plastic covers and sleeves are in one box… so eventually, all of this will be hidden again.
Notice the speedo cable, green sleeve with white cover… the routing of this will become very important very soon.
The exact routing of this cable will become important on re-assembly. For now, just remember that there’s only one correct route between the firewall and the speedo head.
It is a little hard to know why some pictures were taken when they were, and when I can’t find what I’m looking for, to understand why I didn’t take other shots. This picture was intended to show the wiring, and well as the connection between the two segments of the housing… the fitment of the weatherstripping between, and the missing nut was because it was a trial fit….
Love my chassis number: 99003… sounds lucky to me 🙂
Glad I took this shot… there’s rust in this picture… must be fixed. I know of NO OTHER rust on the car… surely there must be; but, working very hard to correct any I find. This car has been rained on ONCE in the past 12 years. That was while at the body shop, with the windshield out… and it ruining the original dash.
BTW, when I replaced the dash, I also switched the dash wiring harness so it would continue to match the rest of the harness still in the car.
My system isn’t flawless. After three years, here’s what I missed putting back in… The clip and the bracket, I understand. The two nylon pieces have me worried. I would hate to take the heater core back out again. Time will tell.
The 28 year old gasket around these currently exposed ducts will be replaced with more of the rubber material as used between the cases.
Here is one picture of the steering wheel bracket going back in the car. I know I took four pictures as the unit goes in from the passenger’s side. It’s a little tricky as it slides into place… hopefully, I will find the other pictures to explain.
It has been a long time since removing the dash and console, so I forgot these ducts until trying to smoothly install the new carpet. There was something needed under the carpet to fill those pre-formed bulges. Ah, yes, the ducts. The passenger side went on with no problem; but, the driver’s side required the newly installed hush-mat to be removed in spots.
Not too much hush-mat had to come off… and I got rather good at working with it.
Photo out of sequence; but, better shot of hush mat going down.
The seats have been test fitted three times now. The slide isn’t as smooth as I’d like, particularly since there is no place to really, safely, pull on. Not the steering wheel, and minimize hands on the paint… please.
More grease did not make them work easier; but, convinced me that they are working right. I am 5’9″ with a 29″ inseam. My son is 6’2″ with a 33/34 inseam. When the driver’s seat is pushed back, I sit with my legs extended horizontally and my feet are two inches off the pedal. All the way forward and I could drive; but, would not.
The anti-submarine belt has to fit from the crotch straight down (90 degrees) or with up to a 20 degree angle/slant toward the rear. In order for both drivers, 29″ and 33/34″ inseam to drive, the bracket must be welding so when I drive it is at the 20 degree angle, and when my son drives, the belt is straight down (i.e., at 90 degrees).
It’s either that, or welding in multiple brackets and requiring the change to be made between drivers. This should become a point if the car is ever sold… It’s dangerous enough, don’t sue me if I’m wrong.
At the moment, you can see that the shoulder belts do not line up with where they are supposed to route through the bracket behind the seat. This means at least one more test fit before the final fit over carpet. There is a small amount of space between the brackets and the slides to move them inwards, toward the tunnel. As it is today, the doors can only be shut with the seats in the back position, or with the windows slightly rolled down. No battery power yet, so don’t shut the doors. The brackets and slides were a custom fit for the Supra, so I know they will work. We’re talking a quarter of an inch to a half, at most.
There are still three welding jobs, and my new neighbor at the garage is teaching me to use my welder. soon, hopefully, more progress on my baby Supra.
The heart and two coins were found in the rubble: dated 1987 and 1988, and probably hidden since new. Dana (Dayna) was our choice for a girls name; but, we had two boys. Now, my car is named Dana 🙂
More to come. Thank you for your interest. Hope all the pictures help someone some day. David