- Stripping the old electrical tape off (not too hard - it fell apart)
- Cutting out the seat belt detection circuitry (a pain in the rear to thread thru the tunnel) and rewiring it to be unnecessary
- Putting Flexguard and new electrical tape on
- Installing a JWest fuse panel upgrade
Here it is all shiny and new again - and a whole lot less than $2500 or so for a real new one.
Next, I installed the harness from the dash back, then forward. This requires some careful fiddling to make sure you don't tie a knot in the harness as you thread. But I got it installed.View of the harness in the engine compartment
And here's the rat's nest where the dash will be. The blue tape has labels for just about everything.
Today, I even hooked up a 12V battery to the mess and started testing connections. The hazard/turn signals were pretty easy. The lights are harder - I even smoked a wire! Be careful of those high-amp circuits... why the breaker did not go is a topic for another investigation. I think the wire smoked because the bare end short-circuited against the chassis. The wire in question is one of the headlight motor wires - fortunately, easily accessible (I stripped the shrink-wrap off that portion of the cable and will replace the entire wire in question).