RHINO RF 301

DASHPAD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

RHINO RF 301

DASHPAD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

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RF301 USA MADE
1956 FORD

100% of the manufacturing process on Rhino products has been completed in the USA. We believe that the United States Economy and our friends and neighbors prosperity is dependent on manufacturing jobs. We do not attempt to bash or down grade manufacturing in other parts of the world, we simply believe in supporting jobs in our neighborhoods and towns first. If we can create a superior product at a fair price here in the USA we believe we can compete in today’s market place.

The products you are reviewing are made in Bend, Oregon USA by craftsmen that honestly care about their end product, and the quality within. Each and every product we offer our customers is formed, poured, trimmed and packaged in Oregon at our manufacturing facility. In almost every case we have taken the initiative to use components and materials in manufacturing that were produced in the USA as well. This does require a commitment of time, capitol investment, and energy but we feel that this issue is important for all of us. Please let us know if our actions are important to you through an email, a blog or through your support and purchase of our products.

We have attempted to provide you with a functional and cosmetically beautiful product for your automobile that you can be proud of. We hope you have years of satisfaction knowing that the product you have purchased was made in America, by your neighbors, to fit your American Vehicle.

Thanks for giving our company your consideration.
Tim and Chase Holland

RF301 INSTALL OPTIONS
1956 FORD

Keep in mind that there are three possibilities or configurations for installing the RF301.

OPTION 1 Remove the complete dash assembly from the vehicle and bench it for installing the pad.
Difficulty Level: Easiest

OPTION 2 Remove the windshield glass to install the pad.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

OPTION 3 Installing the pad with the windshield glass in the vehicle.
Difficulty Level: Hard

RF301 INSTALL PREP
1956 FORD

Remove the “A” pillar moldings, the ash tray assembly, the lower forward windshield moldings, the speaker grill and speaker, and the glove box button with trim ring.  Make sure any old foam or loose paint is removed. In short provide a clean dry surface for the pad to be installed upon. Also remove the instrument crown molding.

RF301 TRIM
1956 FORD

We trim the pad with option #1 in mind so that the installer will have a bit of extra material to work with. Most jobs are done with the dash out of the vehicle. We realize that exact trim can never be achieved until the pad is positioned on your vehicle so to avoid any fatal errors we intentionally leave a bit of extra fabric intact for the installer to trim. Some trimming of the forward edge will be required.  We even trim out for the molding stand offs.

The installer will need to trim out the cluster area because this pad is produced and shipped with extra foam and fabric in this area to protect the crown of the pad. Also, after locating the glove box latch button location the skin of the pad will need to be cut for the install of the button. The area below the ash tray also will need trimmed to install the ash tray.

RF301 CHALLENGES
1956 FORD

The rake of the windshield glass on the 1956 makes it a chore to trim the front edge of the pad for exact fitment to the windshield gasket.  If you have the time and patience a great install may be achieved but as we stated it is tedious. Also when you need to use any spray contact type adhesive on the very forward (under the windshield garnish) you will find it difficult to position the pad exactly without engaging the adhesive before you are ready. We prefer 3M 38808 adhesive but there are other options out there.  Please be advised that the wrong adhesive can melt the foam.  Don’t ask me if liquid nails will work because I will not suggest it. The crown molding is always a challenge to get installed correctly on the 1956 pad.  Care will need to be taken here because the molding is very narrow and there is a large element for error.

RF301 INSTALLATION
1956 FORD

The key to installing the RF301 is to align the Glove Box Latch recess and work from there.

The key to installing the RF301 is to align the Glove Box Latch recess and work from there.  The pad will need to be forced towards the right to achieve the perfect fit.  We have left ample material on the ends to cover under the A pillar but trim the ends slowly and carefully.  The A pillars on the 1956 do not cover as much as you might think.  Many installers have trimmed too much too soon and gotten themselves into trouble.

Trim the excess fabric in the crown area long.  Our RF301 pads are fabricated and shipped with a mass of material in the cluster area.  This is done to protect the pad during transport.  Without this mass of foam and fabric the pad would most likely suffer from collapse in that area. When removing this shipping protector trim carefully and slowly.  Trim to the point where at least 1.5 “of fabric extends forward of where the Instrument cluster trim hoop will attach.  Do not trim this extra fabric until after the hoop trim is attached.  I like to use light masking tape just forward of the trim mounting holes to protect the painted surface of the dash steel crown.  Dry fit the pad while pushing the pad towards the right, slowly trimming the RH then the LH ends.  Keep in mind you are aligning the glove box latch recess while doing this.

Trim any excess material from the forward edge of the pad, keep checking the coverage of the lower windshield garnish molding while doing this trimming.

Before applying adhesive examine the area just behind where your lower molding will attach and also the area of the pad just behind the crown cluster molding. These two areas should be almost void of foam.  If there is excess foam there slowly sand or scrape it away. I always try to use a course sandpaper to remove almost all the foam behind these areas.  This allows those tired old molding clips to engage further and hold better. Do it before you use adhesive.  It is far easier. Do it with care or you can cut the skin from behind.

Double and triple ck the fit and make sure your lower windshield molding will seat well before thinking about adhesives.  Check the speaker grill too.

Locate but don’t punch the holes yet for the lower horizontal trim, at this time trim the excess material from the lower edge leaving approx 1” extra below the lower trim mounting holes.

Locate the holes but do not punch them in the crown hoop molding. As I mentioned  earlier the area just behind the hoop trim and the lower horizontal trim you need to reduce the foam thickness in so that very little foam exists there. This will allow those old tired molding clips to fully engage.

Check the ash tray install and remove any foam that might impede the install of the mounting frame.

Check everything again,

Now check everything another time.

In securing the pad use adhesive sparingly.  Do not attempt to glue the whole pad.  I like to apply a 1”-1.5” band of adhesive along the forward edge from “A” pillar to “A” pillar. I also prefer a small amount, maybe a 2” stripe, across the top of the crown, then behind the crown molding and the lower termination molding as I mentioned previously. I use an acid brush and apply a small band of adhesive under the crown trim molding and also under the lower horizontal termination molding.  This will help secure the pad under the trim clips.  Remember, as I mentioned your trim clips are most likely tired and have lost quite a bit of the holding power they once had.

The glove box button install is always a challenge. Be careful and cut slowly and you will be fine.  This is a tight little area so trim slowly.

A final note: many customers ask me how to trim off the pad under the ash tray.  As far as I know the fabric there below the ash tray is just cut out vertically. I have never seen an original pad with any fabric intact in that area.  If you have pictures of any other configuration please send those to me, I would appreciate the info.

Hope all this info helps you achieve a great install.  This pad is a tough one to do correctly but with patience and finesse it looks great afterward.

Click On Any Tab For Instructions

RF301 USA MADE
1956 FORD

100% of the manufacturing process on Rhino products has been completed in the USA. We believe that the United States Economy and our friends and neighbors prosperity is dependent on manufacturing jobs. We do not attempt to bash or down grade manufacturing in other parts of the world, we simply believe in supporting jobs in our neighborhoods and towns first. If we can create a superior product at a fair price here in the USA we believe we can compete in today’s market place.

The products you are reviewing are made in Bend, Oregon USA by craftsmen that honestly care about their end product, and the quality within. Each and every product we offer our customers is formed, poured, trimmed and packaged in Oregon at our manufacturing facility. In almost every case we have taken the initiative to use components and materials in manufacturing that were produced in the USA as well. This does require a commitment of time, capitol investment, and energy but we feel that this issue is important for all of us. Please let us know if our actions are important to you through an email, a blog or through your support and purchase of our products.

We have attempted to provide you with a functional and cosmetically beautiful product for your automobile that you can be proud of. We hope you have years of satisfaction knowing that the product you have purchased was made in America, by your neighbors, to fit your American Vehicle.

Thanks for giving our company your consideration.
Tim and Chase Holland

RF301 INSTALL OPTIONS
1956 FORD

Keep in mind that there are three possibilities or configurations for installing the RF301.

OPTION 1 Remove the complete dash assembly from the vehicle and bench it for installing the pad.
Difficulty Level: Easiest

OPTION 2 Remove the windshield glass to install the pad.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

OPTION 3 Installing the pad with the windshield glass in the vehicle.
Difficulty Level: Hard

RF301 INSTALL PREP
1956 FORD

Remove the “A” pillar moldings, the ash tray assembly, the lower forward windshield moldings, the speaker grill and speaker, and the glove box button with trim ring.  Make sure any old foam or loose paint is removed. In short provide a clean dry surface for the pad to be installed upon. Also remove the instrument crown molding.

RF301 TRIM
1956 FORD

We trim the pad with option #1 in mind so that the installer will have a bit of extra material to work with. Most jobs are done with the dash out of the vehicle. We realize that exact trim can never be achieved until the pad is positioned on your vehicle so to avoid any fatal errors we intentionally leave a bit of extra fabric intact for the installer to trim. Some trimming of the forward edge will be required.  We even trim out for the molding stand offs.

The installer will need to trim out the cluster area because this pad is produced and shipped with extra foam and fabric in this area to protect the crown of the pad. Also, after locating the glove box latch button location the skin of the pad will need to be cut for the install of the button. The area below the ash tray also will need trimmed to install the ash tray.

RF301 CHALLENGES
1956 FORD

The rake of the windshield glass on the 1956 makes it a chore to trim the front edge of the pad for exact fitment to the windshield gasket.  If you have the time and patience a great install may be achieved but as we stated it is tedious. Also when you need to use any spray contact type adhesive on the very forward (under the windshield garnish) you will find it difficult to position the pad exactly without engaging the adhesive before you are ready. We prefer 3M 38808 adhesive but there are other options out there.  Please be advised that the wrong adhesive can melt the foam.  Don’t ask me if liquid nails will work because I will not suggest it. The crown molding is always a challenge to get installed correctly on the 1956 pad.  Care will need to be taken here because the molding is very narrow and there is a large element for error.

RF301 INSTALLATION
1956 FORD

The key to installing the RF301 is to align the Glove Box Latch recess and work from there.

The key to installing the RF301 is to align the Glove Box Latch recess and work from there.  The pad will need to be forced towards the right to achieve the perfect fit.  We have left ample material on the ends to cover under the A pillar but trim the ends slowly and carefully.  The A pillars on the 1956 do not cover as much as you might think.  Many installers have trimmed too much too soon and gotten themselves into trouble.

Trim the excess fabric in the crown area long.  Our RF301 pads are fabricated and shipped with a mass of material in the cluster area.  This is done to protect the pad during transport.  Without this mass of foam and fabric the pad would most likely suffer from collapse in that area. When removing this shipping protector trim carefully and slowly.  Trim to the point where at least 1.5 “of fabric extends forward of where the Instrument cluster trim hoop will attach.  Do not trim this extra fabric until after the hoop trim is attached.  I like to use light masking tape just forward of the trim mounting holes to protect the painted surface of the dash steel crown.  Dry fit the pad while pushing the pad towards the right, slowly trimming the RH then the LH ends.  Keep in mind you are aligning the glove box latch recess while doing this.

Trim any excess material from the forward edge of the pad, keep checking the coverage of the lower windshield garnish molding while doing this trimming.

Before applying adhesive examine the area just behind where your lower molding will attach and also the area of the pad just behind the crown cluster molding. These two areas should be almost void of foam.  If there is excess foam there slowly sand or scrape it away. I always try to use a course sandpaper to remove almost all the foam behind these areas.  This allows those tired old molding clips to engage further and hold better. Do it before you use adhesive.  It is far easier. Do it with care or you can cut the skin from behind.

Double and triple ck the fit and make sure your lower windshield molding will seat well before thinking about adhesives.  Check the speaker grill too.

Locate but don’t punch the holes yet for the lower horizontal trim, at this time trim the excess material from the lower edge leaving approx 1” extra below the lower trim mounting holes.

Locate the holes but do not punch them in the crown hoop molding. As I mentioned  earlier the area just behind the hoop trim and the lower horizontal trim you need to reduce the foam thickness in so that very little foam exists there. This will allow those old tired molding clips to fully engage.

Check the ash tray install and remove any foam that might impede the install of the mounting frame.

Check everything again,

Now check everything another time.

In securing the pad use adhesive sparingly.  Do not attempt to glue the whole pad.  I like to apply a 1”-1.5” band of adhesive along the forward edge from “A” pillar to “A” pillar. I also prefer a small amount, maybe a 2” stripe, across the top of the crown, then behind the crown molding and the lower termination molding as I mentioned previously. I use an acid brush and apply a small band of adhesive under the crown trim molding and also under the lower horizontal termination molding.  This will help secure the pad under the trim clips.  Remember, as I mentioned your trim clips are most likely tired and have lost quite a bit of the holding power they once had.

The glove box button install is always a challenge. Be careful and cut slowly and you will be fine.  This is a tight little area so trim slowly.

A final note: many customers ask me how to trim off the pad under the ash tray.  As far as I know the fabric there below the ash tray is just cut out vertically. I have never seen an original pad with any fabric intact in that area.  If you have pictures of any other configuration please send those to me, I would appreciate the info.

Hope all this info helps you achieve a great install.  This pad is a tough one to do correctly but with patience and finesse it looks great afterward.

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