REMOVAL & INSTALLATION FC Series Truck
See Instrument Cluster, above.
The instrument panel is an integral unit, welded across its top flange to the cowl. The panel is bolted to the sides of the cowl and to the steering column, brake and clutch pedal supports, and parking brake bracket. To remove it, the welds must be broken from under the windshield frame.
1962-74 Wagoneer, Cherokee and J-Series Truck
The instrument panel is bolted to the surrounding body sheet metal and to the brake and clutch support brackets. When removing the instrument panel, the windshield must be removed to obtain access to the bolts, under the windshield weatherstrip, that attach the instrument panel to the cowl. Other instrument-panel attaching bolts must also be removed.
1975-83 Wagoneer, Cherokee and J-Series Truck
- Disconnect the battery ground.
- Remove the windshield and windshield weatherstripping.
- If equipped with air conditioning, discharge the system.
- Disconnect the inlet line at the compressor.
- Disconnect the receiver/dryer-to-evaporator hose quick-disconnect coupling.
- Remove the evaporator hose clamps and dash grommet retaining screws.
- Remove the evaporator housing-to-instrument panel screws and the housing-to-bracket screws.
- Lower the evaporator housing and pull the hoses through the grommet openings.
- Remove the instrument cluster.
- Remove the glove box.
- Remove the ashtray and retainer.
- Remove the radio.
- Remove the crash pad retaining screws and lift off the crash pad.
- Remove the parking brake lever.
- Remove the air vent cables.
- Remove the courtesy lights.
- Disconnect the defroster hoses.
- Remove the steering column trim panel.
- Unbolt and lower the steering column.
- Unbolt and remove the instrument panel.
- Installation is the reverse of removal. Charge and leak-test the A/C system.