Saturday, August 16, 2008

Exploring behind the dashboard

Over the past few weekends, I've been gradually pulling apart the dashboard and console to see how it fits together without breaking anything. I'm resigned to taking the whole thing apart eventually to get the heater core out - any other solution for the demister is just too much hassle.

So last week it was the centre console. I also rigged up a secondary cigarette lighter port to run the 240v AC inverter (for the mobile phone/laptop charger) at the same time as the GPS and MP3 players are running.

This week it was the dashboard and information panel.

The filth was thick and almost beyond description. Someone had dropped a sesame cracker into the steering column (sometime during the Clone Wars, from the look of it) and the constant baking/cooling cycle of Queensland weather had turned it into a squashed square of I-don't-know-what.

More filth inside the air ducts

You've no idea how difficult it is to get ANYTHING done with a 3-year old insisting that she knows how to do it better and taking all the tools away... She's totally adorable at the same time, chatting on her mobile phone and making me talk to her friends on it as well...

No sign of the parts I ordered last week...hopefully they will arrive in the next few days.

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