This is my first non CM/tech entry, not sure if there will be more. I was not able to find much on this topic going into the project and maybe I can save someone else some time. Credit to Craig Tate as his video on YouTube was all the information I could find to get going on this part of my restoration.
Being a YouTube Certified Automobile Technician, I have been wanting a project car for a while and I finally got one.
This summer I managed to get my hands on a 1993 Probe that had spent its life in California. There were a couple small surface rust spots (less than 1cm), but nothing at all like any cars of that era that spent their life here in Minnesota with our salted Winter roads.
The flipside of that coin is the California sun did a number on the dashboard. It was cracked so bad I don’t think it was repairable. I considered all the methods I could find on YouTube, but I didn’t think any of them short of a full fiberglass rebuild would work. I kept my eyes on cars for sale and recently found another 93 Probe that is a MN car, rusted to heck, no motor or trans, a real junker. The interior wasn’t bad though, the dash only had a couple tiny cracks, but was the wrong color. Color I can fix, so I drove to Wisconsin where the car was and got it cheap.
NOTE: The 93 is a unique dash from 94-97 in that the 93 has no passenger airbag, but 94+ does. There is a slight shape change with how it blends to the door trim so if putting a 94+ dash in a 93, plan on getting the door trim panels as well.
I am not going to cover the repairs and painting of the dash, I just want to document the removal/installation.
NOTE: Do NOT attempt to remove the dash trim that is next to the windshield. It is attached to the dash assemble from beneath via screws and will come out with the dash.
Start by removing the trim around the radio, HVAC, and switches, then remove the trim around the gear shift and e-brake.
You should now be able to remove the center console.
Back in the passenger foot well you will need to remove the trim on the bottom of the dash.
On the drivers side, the trim under the steering wheel is next.
On the passenger side, fully open the glove box to expose a set of vacuum lines and a wire harness to disconnect.
Now we are ready to get to the actual removal.
You can now rock the dash towards the rear of the car and get at two more wire harnesses, both at the far left end of the dash.
One last check to make sure everything is disconnected, then you should be able to roll the dash on to the seats. From there I was able to lift out of the car on my own using the pipe that runs down the center of the dash.
Reverse the process to reinstall and enjoy your new/repaired dash.
Here is a before pic of the door in all its 90s glory.