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Old March 18th, 2015, 12:23 PM
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Install Aluminium Dash Cowl from Safari HP

I took step by step pics of this install for the group because I don't think they exist (or I couldn't find them). This install was done on a NAS 90. Its not perfect, but it should be helpful.
A special Thank you to Jackie Treehorn for letting me borrow the flex head extension ratchet tool
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Old March 18th, 2015, 12:26 PM
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Very nice. Thanks for the details, Rufus!
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Old March 18th, 2015, 03:02 PM
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Nice job on the pics and documentation!
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Old March 18th, 2015, 03:08 PM
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So Jackie Treehorn let you you borrow the flex head extension - Dis Karl Hungus fix the cable?

Anyway, it looks great. I especially like how you took the time to line up all the weird angles on the dash end cap heater control cover. This part looks so bad when the screws are all in crooked and the panels don't line up.
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Old March 18th, 2015, 04:37 PM
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And a big Thank you to Kevin88RRC who gave me a replacement dash light bulb holder - way way too kind of him.
These pics took a little while to put together, but if it helps someone out, than its the least I could do since D90 Source folks have been so good to me through the years.
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Old March 18th, 2015, 05:07 PM
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Very nice writeup. Two questions:
1) how long from start-to-finish did it take?
2) do you not have to disconnect the instrument panel/gauges/speedo? it *seems* from some of the photos you did not...so I'm wondering if you can just slide the new cowl in from the top (which admittedly is not something I realized and is one of the reasons I've always put it off).
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Old March 18th, 2015, 05:18 PM
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Wow. Great job!
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Kinda dusty....
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Kinda dusty....
Kinda?!?....lol...
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Thanks for the write up. I'm about to replace mine with the Raptor Engineering binnacle mount too. Waiting on their metal binnacle first.
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------ Follow up post added March 18th, 2015 09:01 PM ------

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Very nice writeup. Two questions:
1) how long from start-to-finish did it take?
2) do you not have to disconnect the instrument panel/gauges/speedo? it *seems* from some of the photos you did not...so I'm wondering if you can just slide the new cowl in from the top (which admittedly is not something I realized and is one of the reasons I've always put it off).
Thanks - I appreciate the comments.
1) How long it took - its really hard to say...because I started and gave up because it was numbingly cold out....then started again the next weekend after getting the heater fired up in the barn. I figured it out as I went and taking the pics slowed everything as well. With these pics and the right tools, you could finish in a couple hrs is my guess
2) I didn't disconnect anything to keep it simple. Yes you slide the old cowl out and slide the new one in.
Its a great upgrade - everything is solid
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Kinda dusty....
When it gets dusty and the top is off, you can't roll up the windows like you boys can in SWs....its part of the pleasure of a ST
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You replaced the binnacle holder without disconnecting anything ?
Wow. That's akin to changing socks without ever un-tying your shoes.
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You replaced the binnacle holder without disconnecting anything ?
Wow. That's akin to changing socks without ever un-tying your shoes.

FYI - post install and the speedo doesn't work...... looks like disconnecting would have been a good idea....
others looking to do this take note.
you live and learn....
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I did mention that removing the steering wheel and dropping the column would have given you better access.
Hopefully it's just disconnected, not pinched.


I've got some small mirrors w/ flexible extensions if you want to get a peak behind there to see what's going on, but you may want to wait until next weekend (it's gonna be cold again)
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I did mention that removing the steering wheel and dropping the column would have given you better access.
Hopefully it's just disconnected, not pinched.


I've got some small mirrors w/ flexible extensions if you want to get a peak behind there to see what's going on, but you may want to wait until next weekend (it's gonna be cold again)
Thanks Jackie Treehorn but unfortunately it never disconnected from the binnacle end.....

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So excellent! I disassembled my dash after a 6th or 7th beer a few years ago and kinda thew everything in a Tupperware bin. Rebuild starts soon and this post is great help.

Also that aluminum cowl is a must. Thanks!
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Bryan and I did a write up when we worked at Safari HP. I think we made it a Facebook album though.
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Bryan and I did a write up when we worked at Safari HP. I think we made it a Facebook album though.

Okay thanks. I'll check their FB Photo albums
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Working on this now and man was getting the cowl out a PITA!

Time to clean some things up and put it back together.

Wish me luck.

and FYI just taking the cowl out took me an hour+... Some very tight spaces to work with
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