Originally Posted by dave_lucas
What color did you paint it?
Here is the area under the steering wheel where that piece routes. The only way it mates properly to the main air duct (which feeds in from the right) is to go under the steering column. But when fitted this way, the lower dash (which is leaning down in this pic) cannot be raised enough to mount properly - the piece in question gets pinched between the lower dash and the steering colum.
When I removed the dash, this piece was routed above the steering column. But in that position it does not mate up to the air duct (unless I am missing some other connector) - it was not connected when I took it apart.