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1972 280 SEL Instrument Cluster Removal

Any tips for reaching the plastic nut that holds the instrument cluster to the dash? Do you reach the nut from below the dash? I just don't see how my hand is going to get up there.

Also, any trick for removing the driver's side air vent. It looks like these push on and are snapped in place. Can't figure out how to "unsnap" them.
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Driver side vent - if memory serves, there's a rear retaining clip (I think). You have to pull the vent out slightly to get to it. As for getting behind the cluster, I had taken the seat out and was on my back when I did mine. It was, however, difficult to get in there. Once you replace it, I don't suggest you put the nut back on!

When you take the cluster out, be careful of the oil pressure line and the speedo cable. There's not much give in either.

Have you given any thought to different colors for the bulbs? I had my speedo rebuilt, and bought some blue sleeves for the bulbs. Instead of a glaring white night night, there's a soft blue one now. I did the same for the gear selector lighting. It looks pretty good and everything is still readable.
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When I removed my cluster I took out the two bolts for the parking brake handle. Then I was able to get my arm between the park brake handle & the steering column. Prepair for a bloody arm.

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