I cannot figure out a way of removing these plastic knobs from the heater controls on the dash. In the Mazda workshop manuals it says that they pull off. I've given them a soaking in Penetrene to no avail and it feels like they are about to break if I pull any harder, so I'm going to have to work around them while I swap out the gauge cluster that has a clock and swap in the cluster that has a tacho.
Red arrows point to the plastic knobs I'm talking about.
Old Dashboard in the green wagon. It is brown and has a MPH/km/hr speedo which is a bit hard to read for the km/hr markings.
New/better/more awesomers Dashboard in the chopped up parts car. It's black, it has a factory radio, the factory wiring is complete and it has a km/hr speedo (which I may swap across if I can with minimal fuss).
Dash out. I also used the vent control and ducting on the LHS from the donor car - on the green car the vent controls didn't work.
30+ years of grot hiding behind the kick panels. I swapped these over as well for the better ones from the parts car.
My brother and the car's mascot giving the donor car a quick look over
Much swearing, sweating in the summer sun and bellowing about Japanese cars built for small asian hands and not big boofy Aussie meat claws. I actually tipped the half cut on its roof at one stage to get to a few tiny nuts and washers.
I am also going through the heater matrix and fan box and giving them a clean out - leaves, dead bugs, insulation foam - it has all fallen into both of them. The heater matrix core looks in good condition so I have cleaned all of the leavers and cranks on the box and I'll bolt it back in. I tested it for leaks and after flushing out some brown gunk, it was fine.
The fan cleaned up nicely too.
I also gave these a rinse out as they were blocked with cobwebs and dust, they're the pipes from the heater box to the vents at the base of the Dashboard where it meets the windscreen.
My brother pulled this out, it looks like a parcel tray that was tucked under the dash behind the fuse box (which is under the glovebox on the passenger side - kinda weird place since it is in full view but anyway).
It looks like something clips in down in the bottom right, a torch or flare maybe? I know R100's come with a plug in light that works off your cigarette lighter and I think 1300s came with a flare or torch but I cannot find a reference to anything in the manuals I have. Anyone got an idea?
Now I've just got to swap the gauge clusters over after checking the tacho equipped one and the dash can go back together.