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Fiat_Phil
10-22-2016, 05:44 PM
Thanks to a few YouTube Videos, a little help from my dealer (a master mechanic) removed the steering wheel bezel and small left side of the dash.... just out of the hospital a few weeks ago hard to contort myself under the dash.... but I was able to remove the right side of the dash.... now off to Tampa Bay Hydrographic's next week for Hydrodipping....stay tuned for the pattern....

it is not a 10 minute job like so many videos say it is but well worth the effort. No my dealer did not charge me that's how cool they are but the mechanic was paid by me... so worth it.

Southernroadrunner
10-22-2016, 05:56 PM
You always do.it right Phil. A+ for tipping the wrench.

Fiat_Phil
10-22-2016, 06:11 PM
Thanks so much... any idea on how to remove the chrome rings on the air vents?? thanks ahead of time//

Fiat500USA
10-22-2016, 07:12 PM
Here's an image:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Gz1gSwgeSG4/UImmSgsLLlI/AAAAAAAAN_8/TW8EHzwsjPE/s600/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-modifications%2520038.JPG

details here on how to remove the dash and components : http://www.fiat500usa.com/2012/10/fiat-500-abarth-carbon-fiber-dash.html

Fiat_Phil
10-23-2016, 09:10 AM
Yea I got the air vent separated from the dash OK but I want to remove the chrome trim ring from the vent to have them painted... thanks so much saw these photos also.. very helpful.

Fiat500USA
10-23-2016, 10:08 AM
That looks like you'll have to do some cutting. May have to carefully drill or cut off what looks like the plastic weld heads.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JdiW32UVGMQ/UIoTRzoxDNI/AAAAAAAAOCU/xQOwYG6ENl8/s800/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-modifications%2520077.JPG

Fiat_Phil
10-23-2016, 09:05 PM
I found out those just hold it in place no welded just like a pin raise a bit. but there are several tabs holding it in place..... I broke the chrome ring trying to pry it off but.. found a used assembly like the photo on ebay for $7. might try drilling those holes and a few tabs, good suggestion..... will keep everyone posted on the final result...

Fiat_Phil
10-24-2016, 09:03 AM
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24002&stc=1Figured out how to get the trim rings off. break off plastic under each tab so it's open and then it slides right off kept the bottom two as is just lift over the 2 tabs...

fierostetz
10-24-2016, 02:05 PM
neat! bookmarking for when I have a chance to pull mine and plasti-dip it black. I am finally starting to like my celeste blue, but on the dash... not so much :P

Fiat_Phil
10-24-2016, 03:01 PM
Sneak peek at what my dash will look like in a few weeks done in Photoshop..... This is the pattern they will hydordip my dash in on top of a white pearl base coat with high gloss clear coat.

http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24004&stc=1

Fiat_Phil
10-24-2016, 03:05 PM
I am also waiting on my custom made printed vinyl sugar skull front and rear emblem covers.... yes they are for sale on e-bay



http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24005&stc=1

Southernroadrunner
10-24-2016, 05:33 PM
Looks pretty good different you know. Big question now is the gal on the dash get to stay.

Klasse Act
10-24-2016, 07:46 PM
Hopefully you get all this in before Nov 1st so you can celebratejesteraFIREdevil:lala:

Fiat_Phil
10-25-2016, 08:35 AM
yea she is staying...

Fiat_Phil
10-25-2016, 08:36 AM
won't be ready until late Nov... oh well ready for next year...

Fiat_Phil
10-25-2016, 02:33 PM
Hula Girl gone Day of The Dead Look handmade mask.....

http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24024&stc=1

Southernroadrunner
10-25-2016, 04:54 PM
Phil ready for Halloween I think.

Fiat_Phil
10-25-2016, 06:14 PM
all set...

Fiat_Phil
11-06-2016, 09:38 AM
In case anyone want something hydro dipped... you can mail them any part you want hydro dipped. See some of their work here....

http://www.tampahydrographicsfacility.com/photo-gallery

Fiat_Phil
11-08-2016, 06:55 PM
Finished dProduct dash is in..... 1/2 day adventure...but..well worth it....

http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24146&stc=1http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24147&stc=1http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24148&stc=1http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24149&stc=1

Southernroadrunner
11-08-2016, 07:37 PM
Looks really good there Phil.

Fiat_Phil
11-09-2016, 08:42 AM
Thanks so much I too am very pleased.... appreciate the love there...

Fiat_Phil
11-09-2016, 11:49 AM
Tip of the day: when replacing the steering wheel shroud find and place a screw retainer (these were from the back side of the dash 500 emblem. This made it simple to replace the lower shroud. Screw in each screw about 3/4 of the way and put shroud in place put small finger in hole and try to insert screw into the hole it will pop right in then tighten repeat for other side..... top shroud will snap into place. Went with HIGH GLOSS Black for top shroud.

http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24179&stc=1http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=24178&stc=1