[DML] Re: Instrument Cluster Angle?
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[DML] Re: Instrument Cluster Angle?

[Waving Arms] I know this one. BTDT.

I put the cluster back together wrong on my recent project car and ran 
into this. Not hard to do, I've done plenty and this was the first one 
I got wrong. 

This is gonna be fun to describe. Get under the dash. Find the two 
metal strips that have one end under the two large (17mm) nuts that 
hold the steering column in place, and the other end (slits in the 
steel, not holes) under two small (7 or 8 mm?) nuts that hold the 
instrument cluster (aka binnacle). My bet is that they are installed 
wrong. Remove the nuts from the binnacle and reinstall them UNDER the 
reinforcing strips. (yeah - you have to take the 17mm steering column 
nuts off, just do them one at a time). Then put a second on the same 
stud nut over the reinforcement strip. 

I think what happens is that, with just the one nut, the binnacle is 
pulled down, actually pulling the entire fiberglass dash down. It's 
only about 1/8 inch difference, but at the top of the binnacle it's 
more like 1/2 inch due to the angle. Which is just enough to make you 
have to duck your head to see the idiot lights.  

Dave Swingle

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Tom Tait" <TTait@...> wrote:
> I find that my instrument cluster/binnacle are angled a bit low for my
> tastes, it's hard to see some of the indications at the top of the
> cluster without ducking my head a bit.   Perhaps my seating position 
> not what JDZ envisioned, but as I need to pull the cluster off soon I
> was wondering if anyone had chosen to slightly shim their clusters to
> angle them up just a bit more, and if the results were acceptable.
> Tom
> 10902
> PS - Who the other Delorean on San Fernando road going north yesterday
> in Burbank?

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