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300M Dash Swap Time!

Enough talk and curiosities, time for the swap!

First, I wanted to thank everyone who chimed in on my previous thread, as I had numerous questions and thoughts. Finally just took the dive. Hopefully this thread can help out others contemplating this project.

Everything in my local yard is generally 2001 or older as far as LH cars go, they claim they have a few 2002+ models, but I have not encountered them (if he does, awesome as my 3.X swap interest can be fed in future endeavors).

Like I said before, unlike most yards I've been too and seen. They take care of their vehicles to a degree. This yard, not so much, pictures speak for themselves.

I know where all the cars are I've been diving around this part of the area so much, so I immediately went to this 8-98 300M. As I knew it was black (er, Slate to be technical) and mostly stripped, of "obstacles" like the seats.

Check out the luxurious leaf-coated carpet, Mercedes-Benz, eat your heart out. Also the peal-purple painted wood trim with the always-desired Hello Kitty banging. This ride is a limited pimp trim.







I managed, by some rash of luck, getting home. After a pleasant flat during a blizzard on a 120KM trip home with a trunk full of dash components and groceries. I unfortunately could not get the door panels this trip. So that's next on the yard-run.

I chose to strip the dash entirely, and clean it thoroughly. I'm OCD about this stuff. I'll be using my Intrepid harness, as again, it was a 99 car, not compatible. But I'd be curious to see if I could splice in a ATC into my Trep later, granted I obtained the unit and regulator etc.





More to come!

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There are 2 dash harnesses (upper & lower) in addition to the blower control module needed for an ATC swap.
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Hmm, I wasn't aware their is technically two dash harnesses. I assumed the lower wiring which feeds the doors, seats, antenna and rear speakers was a "body" harness or something. Furthermore I figured the wiring for the MTC/ATC was as simple was from the unit to the junction block, back to the actual blower control unit/regulator.

This is why I avoided the ATC, aside from not being able to locate compatible cars to pull the wiring from. Big PITA to get going for my liking!

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Anyways, time to strip out that Intrepid Dash.

As noted by Peva in a previous thread: When dropping your steering column, make sure your steering wheel does NOT get turned. Some turning cannot be helped but anything excessive of half a turn when you have your steering centered you run the risk of destroying your clock spring.









The Intrepid dash harness once removed from the Intrepid dash.

Do note, if you choose or have to use your existing harness during a dash swap, you've literally added a lot of tedious messing about to the project. You'll need to remove supports, cable ties, screws and plumbing to remove the harness properly. Then rebuild the old dash and reinstall everything and rebuild the new dash.




300M Dash stripped and ready for everything to be installed.



Intrepid Dash stripped and ready to have all plumbing and supports installed again for storage.




300M Dash all ready, everything installed and wired, excluding passenger air bag. With the opinions of others, including my own, I opted to leave it disconnected. I usually have them off in all my vehicles fitted with the switch anyways.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 07:35 PM
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lookin good! you're going to have the airbag light on all the time on your dashif you leave that unplugged... why would you want to do that?
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Cheers guys!

The connectors are different as far as the air bag situation goes. However, I already have an air bag light due to my auto-stick cluster. Kind of ignored it and just put a piece of tape over the opening behind the cluster faceplate. I was never told it was an "issue".

Oddly my 300M AS cluster doesn't give any lights, both pulled from pre-02 models.

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The dash got installed. But in the heat of the rush to get done, I forgot to take pictures. Nothing special other then throwing it in, tightening over two dozen bolts and screws and connecting countless connectors.

Moving on from install of the main structure, it was time to customize everything else before install!

I decided to paint the trim and clock bezel. Would have likely left the clock bezel "factory" but it was already painted. Should I have felt more ambitious to shuffle around knee deep snow to find another bezel I would have; but that dash and components was heavy enough carting down a huge hill alone (was genuinely exhausted).

I painted over the existing paint after light sanding. Used a metallic silver. Was a tad too bright for my liking. During last clear coat my spray bottles tip snapped and dripped everywhere, so it RUINED everything. So I decided to grind everything down to original finish and found a really nice "stainless steel" paint, which has a really awesome textured finish.

Prepped for paint.




One coat (actually really like the look of it here).



All accessories for this bezel were stripped and sanded, as the idiots painted the vents too. You can still see fragments of purple during the bright daylight, so I'm going to get new vents when I go to the yard for the door panels.



All ready for install.



Cluster bezel painted.



Wood trim sanded and ready for paint (looks really cool sanded in person actually, not as tacky).



All ready for install.



Now for the shifter bezel. This was pulled from another 300M, luckily right beside the one I was working on. Naturally, out of a smokers vehicle which is something that honestly makes my skin crawl. Didn't noticed at the time but upon close inspection full of burns, so I decided to salvage my carbon wrap off my Trep dash and use it here for now - after a thorough cleaning.

Chose to start modding my blue lights into this one while it's pulled apart. Luckily with past experience on my Intrepid shifter bezels, I knew exactly how to go about this one to prevent ripping the illuminated numbers, and falling out turtle bezel.






Instead of gluing this one back together to just have it break apart, I decided when removing it to chizzel carefully, and keep everything in tact, then tap holes in the supports and bezel and run tie backs. Worked, beautifully, that won't go no where and it's easily removed as well.


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