RHINO RF 302

DASHPAD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

RHINO RF 302

DASHPAD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

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RF302 USA MADE
1960-1963 FALCON, RANCHERO

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

RF302 INSTALL OPTIONS
1960 – 1963 FORD FALCON, RANCHERO

The Rhino Fabrication RF302 Dash Pad was trimmed on our shop fixture to assist the installer in simplifying the installation. Below are a few tips that may help you in your quest for the perfect install.

Keep in mind that there are two possibilities or configurations for installing the RF302.

OPTION 1 Remove the windshield glass to install the pad.
Difficulty Level: Easy

OPTION 2 Installing the pad with the windshield glass in the vehicle.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

RF302 INSTALL PREP
1960-1963 FALCON, RANCHERO

  1. Remove the right and left side A pillar moldings.
  2. Remove right and left lower inside windshield garnish moldings.
  3. Remove the speaker grille. This will allow access to the radio speaker and the defroster diffusers.
  4. Remove both defroster diffusers.
  5. Loosen the Instrument Cluster
  6. Remove radio speaker.
  7. Remove the stainless trim that encompasses the lower edge of the dash pad. Use extreme caution when removing these trim strips. They are held in place with spring clips and damage to the dash and/or the trim can result if handled improperly.
  8. Remove and old foam or adhesive from the steel dash frame. This surface needs to be completely free of all foreign matter to allow for the best fit of your new dash.

Caution: We highly recommend you install this dash within 30 days of purchase. The longer you wait to install the more opportunity your pad has to morph into something that may better fit a new Fiat or Honda.  We are dealing with urethane foam and thermal vinyl. These are two products that are created to shape and mould. We keep our inventory fresh so please do your part and install this item as rapidly as possible. Do not wait an extended amount of time to install. Your new dash pad does need adhesive for installation. The factory trim moldings will assist in securing the pad in position. Adhesives are suggested. An ideal installation temperature is 70-80 degrees. This will allow the pad to remain flexible during the installation. Do not under any circumstances allow the pad to sit in extreme heat such as direct sunlight for any extended time. The pad will distort and be ruined if subjected to these conditions prior the installation.

RF302 TRIM
1960-1963 FALCON, RANCHERO

Now you may ask why we have trimmed this dash pad in the manner it is.  Most jobs are done with the windshield 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. Trimming of the forward edge will be required. If you are installing the pad with the windshield installed in the vehicle the pad will need to be trimmed a little at a time before you will be able to install it forward. This pad will also require the installer to trim the lower fabric after the pad is installed and the lower trim molding is clipped into place.

RF302 CHALLENGES
1960-1963 FALCON, RANCHERO

We realize that every dash pad our customers receive will require some custom trim during installation to ensure the best end result. DO NOT ASSUME THAT THIS PAD WILL MAGICALLY FIT YOUR VEHICLE WITH OUT SOME ADJUSTMENT ON YOUR BEHALF. In saying this we mean that you may be required to remove foam on the back side, you may need to thin the foam in some areas to allow the even fitment of perimeter trim etc.  We have benched this product at our facility but it is up to the installer to make sure adjustments in foam and or skin are completed to produce a perfect fit.  You have purchased a soft trim product and soft trim requires finesse and patience to complete correctly. You will need to locate the lower molding mounting holes and carefully transfer these to and through the dash pad after it is glued down to the dash shell.  You will also need to ensure that the foam directly behind the lower molding is thinned as much as possible so that the clips can penetrate the dash skin and hold sufficiently.  None of this is that difficult for someone skilled at this type of task but for others it is a daunting chore. Compare a dash pad to installing seat upholstery. You would not expect to simply slide the new seat covers over your seats and have them fit without significant finesse and adjustment during the install.

The install you are about to undertake is fairly difficult for some individuals and that is why we strongly recommend that if you are not highly experienced in soft trim installation, DO NOT PROCEED.  We suggest that you seek a professional to complete this install for you if you have any doubts of your talents regarding this install. When we suggest a professional we do not mean your buddy Larry or Tom that once owned a similar vehicle. We are referring to a skilled individual that has the experience and tested knowledge to do the job correctly.  As we stated before, we are very glad you purchased our product, but we are not overly anxious to sell you a replacement because you destroyed this new pad during the install.  Please consider your skill level before proceeding.  Once you cut, trim, mark or otherwise alter this pad you will not be allowed credit and or return.

At the very least, call us for more advice please! We are glad to help

RF302 INSTALLATION
1960-1963 FALCON, RANCHERO

  1. Remove the instrument cluster from its attaching points. Remove the lower stainless trim, two end plates, speaker grille, speaker, defroster ports, windshield garnish moldings and “A” pillar moldings.
  2. Slide the dash pad onto the metal dash frame. Check the front edge and curved side edges of the dash pad. They should conform to the metal dash frame and the front edge where the garnish molding will later be installed. Use your hand to check the fitment of the speaker-recessed area of the dash pad to the metal frame underneath. Feeling along the rear edge of the speaker recess you will be able to tell if the pad is far enough on the frame. Gently press the pad forward to allow the pad to slip down into the recessed speaker area. If your pad fails to move forward enough to fit the opening it may be necessary to pull the pad away from the metal frame and observe the far ends of the dash pad where it contacts the metal frame of the car. Your dash pad may need some foam material removed from the backside of the pad where the ends of the pad fit in the metal dash. Do not use excessive force on the pad or the ends could be damaged. We have minimized material initially in our manufacturing process but since each vehicle is unique your application may require the removal of additional foam. Take time to remove foam material in slow increments and check fitment often.
  3. Remember you are only removing foam from the ends of the dash pad that might be contacting the rearward protruding points of the metal dash frame. Do not get carried away here. You can destroy your dash pad if too much material is removed during your fitment.
  4. Slight trimming of the vinyl skin may be needed on each end of your dash pad. As the pad fits forward on the metal frame, the front ends will need to be relieved slightly to avoid tearing the dash pad. Use the painted or chrome end caps on the A pillar moldings that you removed earlier to test fit how much trimming is allowed. Once the pad drops into the recess for the speaker area you are ready to begin fine-tuning the outside perimeter of your dash pad. We have provided you with enough material on the dash pad to allow garnish moldings to cover the edges of the pad. Use extreme caution! Do not trim away too much material from the edges of your pad. Very little material, if any needs to be removed. Take your time! The appearance of your pad depends on it. Examine where the lower trim will be installed over the pad and remove any foam from the rear of the pad in this area. This will allow the trim molding clips to engage properly. Use a course grit abrasive paper to do this.  Use caution not to damage the dash pad skin.
  5. Once you are satisfied with the fitment remove the pad and use your adhesives to reattach your pad to the vehicle. If you have an assistant to push the pad forward during this step it will help keep the pad positioned.
  6. It is now time to fit and install the lower windshield garnish moldings. Do not tighten any of the screws until all screws have been started. Then gently snug all screws evenly. Do not over tighten these mounting screws as leakage of the windshield gasket could result. I have witnessed installs where the incorrect screws were used that penetrated the windshield gasket. Please be careful here.
  7. Fit and install both “A” pillar moldings.
  8. It is now time to install the lower dash pad trim molding. I like to apply a strip of masking tape just below the lower mounting holes to help protect my painted dash surface before installing my lower trim. Apply light downward pressure to the dash pad and use a scratch awl to locate the mounting holes for the trim clips. With the clips mounted in the trim molding begin pressing the molding into place. Apply pressure only directly over the clip location or the molding will be bent. Continue until all clips are seated. Install the painted or chrome flat end caps onto the dash pad.
  9. Inspect the installation and when you are satisfied with the fitment use your razor knife to gently trim the excess material from beneath the lower trim molding. I usually angle my razor knife upwards slightly to prevent the blade from causing an unsightly scratch on the surface of the painted dash just under the trim molding. Use extra caution so as not to scratch the painted dash surface or cut your new dash pad.
  10. Install and attach any remaining components removed during the install.

You should have a beautiful dash pad now installed in your vehicle.  We hope that you enjoy the view each time you get behind the wheel.  Thank you again for purchasing our product.

Click On Any Tab For Instructions

RF302 USA MADE
1960-1963 FALCON, RANCHERO

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

RF302 INSTALL OPTIONS
1960 – 1963 FORD FALCON, RANCHERO

The Rhino Fabrication RF302 Dash Pad was trimmed on our shop fixture to assist the installer in simplifying the installation. Below are a few tips that may help you in your quest for the perfect install.

Keep in mind that there are two possibilities or configurations for installing the RF302.

OPTION 1 Remove the windshield glass to install the pad.
Difficulty Level: Easy

OPTION 2 Installing the pad with the windshield glass in the vehicle.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

RF302 INSTALL PREP
1960-1963 FALCON, RANCHERO

  1. Remove the right and left side A pillar moldings.
  2. Remove right and left lower inside windshield garnish moldings.
  3. Remove the speaker grille. This will allow access to the radio speaker and the defroster diffusers.
  4. Remove both defroster diffusers.
  5. Loosen the Instrument Cluster
  6. Remove radio speaker.
  7. Remove the stainless trim that encompasses the lower edge of the dash pad. Use extreme caution when removing these trim strips. They are held in place with spring clips and damage to the dash and/or the trim can result if handled improperly.
  8. Remove and old foam or adhesive from the steel dash frame. This surface needs to be completely free of all foreign matter to allow for the best fit of your new dash.

Caution: We highly recommend you install this dash within 30 days of purchase. The longer you wait to install the more opportunity your pad has to morph into something that may better fit a new Fiat or Honda.  We are dealing with urethane foam and thermal vinyl. These are two products that are created to shape and mould. We keep our inventory fresh so please do your part and install this item as rapidly as possible. Do not wait an extended amount of time to install. Your new dash pad does need adhesive for installation. The factory trim moldings will assist in securing the pad in position. Adhesives are suggested. An ideal installation temperature is 70-80 degrees. This will allow the pad to remain flexible during the installation. Do not under any circumstances allow the pad to sit in extreme heat such as direct sunlight for any extended time. The pad will distort and be ruined if subjected to these conditions prior the installation.

RF302 TRIM
1960-1963 FALCON, RANCHERO

Now you may ask why we have trimmed this dash pad in the manner it is.  Most jobs are done with the windshield 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. Trimming of the forward edge will be required. If you are installing the pad with the windshield installed in the vehicle the pad will need to be trimmed a little at a time before you will be able to install it forward. This pad will also require the installer to trim the lower fabric after the pad is installed and the lower trim molding is clipped into place.

RF302 CHALLENGES
1960-1963 FALCON, RANCHERO

We realize that every dash pad our customers receive will require some custom trim during installation to ensure the best end result. DO NOT ASSUME THAT THIS PAD WILL MAGICALLY FIT YOUR VEHICLE WITH OUT SOME ADJUSTMENT ON YOUR BEHALF. In saying this we mean that you may be required to remove foam on the back side, you may need to thin the foam in some areas to allow the even fitment of perimeter trim etc.  We have benched this product at our facility but it is up to the installer to make sure adjustments in foam and or skin are completed to produce a perfect fit.  You have purchased a soft trim product and soft trim requires finesse and patience to complete correctly. You will need to locate the lower molding mounting holes and carefully transfer these to and through the dash pad after it is glued down to the dash shell.  You will also need to ensure that the foam directly behind the lower molding is thinned as much as possible so that the clips can penetrate the dash skin and hold sufficiently.  None of this is that difficult for someone skilled at this type of task but for others it is a daunting chore. Compare a dash pad to installing seat upholstery. You would not expect to simply slide the new seat covers over your seats and have them fit without significant finesse and adjustment during the install.

The install you are about to undertake is fairly difficult for some individuals and that is why we strongly recommend that if you are not highly experienced in soft trim installation, DO NOT PROCEED.  We suggest that you seek a professional to complete this install for you if you have any doubts of your talents regarding this install. When we suggest a professional we do not mean your buddy Larry or Tom that once owned a similar vehicle. We are referring to a skilled individual that has the experience and tested knowledge to do the job correctly.  As we stated before, we are very glad you purchased our product, but we are not overly anxious to sell you a replacement because you destroyed this new pad during the install.  Please consider your skill level before proceeding.  Once you cut, trim, mark or otherwise alter this pad you will not be allowed credit and or return.

At the very least, call us for more advice please! We are glad to help

RF302 INSTALLATION
1960-1963 FALCON, RANCHERO

  1. Remove the instrument cluster from its attaching points. Remove the lower stainless trim, two end plates, speaker grille, speaker, defroster ports, windshield garnish moldings and “A” pillar moldings.
  2. Slide the dash pad onto the metal dash frame. Check the front edge and curved side edges of the dash pad. They should conform to the metal dash frame and the front edge where the garnish molding will later be installed. Use your hand to check the fitment of the speaker-recessed area of the dash pad to the metal frame underneath. Feeling along the rear edge of the speaker recess you will be able to tell if the pad is far enough on the frame. Gently press the pad forward to allow the pad to slip down into the recessed speaker area. If your pad fails to move forward enough to fit the opening it may be necessary to pull the pad away from the metal frame and observe the far ends of the dash pad where it contacts the metal frame of the car. Your dash pad may need some foam material removed from the backside of the pad where the ends of the pad fit in the metal dash. Do not use excessive force on the pad or the ends could be damaged. We have minimized material initially in our manufacturing process but since each vehicle is unique your application may require the removal of additional foam. Take time to remove foam material in slow increments and check fitment often.
  3. Remember you are only removing foam from the ends of the dash pad that might be contacting the rearward protruding points of the metal dash frame. Do not get carried away here. You can destroy your dash pad if too much material is removed during your fitment.
  4. Slight trimming of the vinyl skin may be needed on each end of your dash pad. As the pad fits forward on the metal frame, the front ends will need to be relieved slightly to avoid tearing the dash pad. Use the painted or chrome end caps on the A pillar moldings that you removed earlier to test fit how much trimming is allowed. Once the pad drops into the recess for the speaker area you are ready to begin fine-tuning the outside perimeter of your dash pad. We have provided you with enough material on the dash pad to allow garnish moldings to cover the edges of the pad. Use extreme caution! Do not trim away too much material from the edges of your pad. Very little material, if any needs to be removed. Take your time! The appearance of your pad depends on it. Examine where the lower trim will be installed over the pad and remove any foam from the rear of the pad in this area. This will allow the trim molding clips to engage properly. Use a course grit abrasive paper to do this.  Use caution not to damage the dash pad skin.
  5. Once you are satisfied with the fitment remove the pad and use your adhesives to reattach your pad to the vehicle. If you have an assistant to push the pad forward during this step it will help keep the pad positioned.
  6. It is now time to fit and install the lower windshield garnish moldings. Do not tighten any of the screws until all screws have been started. Then gently snug all screws evenly. Do not over tighten these mounting screws as leakage of the windshield gasket could result. I have witnessed installs where the incorrect screws were used that penetrated the windshield gasket. Please be careful here.
  7. Fit and install both “A” pillar moldings.
  8. It is now time to install the lower dash pad trim molding. I like to apply a strip of masking tape just below the lower mounting holes to help protect my painted dash surface before installing my lower trim. Apply light downward pressure to the dash pad and use a scratch awl to locate the mounting holes for the trim clips. With the clips mounted in the trim molding begin pressing the molding into place. Apply pressure only directly over the clip location or the molding will be bent. Continue until all clips are seated. Install the painted or chrome flat end caps onto the dash pad.
  9. Inspect the installation and when you are satisfied with the fitment use your razor knife to gently trim the excess material from beneath the lower trim molding. I usually angle my razor knife upwards slightly to prevent the blade from causing an unsightly scratch on the surface of the painted dash just under the trim molding. Use extra caution so as not to scratch the painted dash surface or cut your new dash pad.
  10. Install and attach any remaining components removed during the install.

You should have a beautiful dash pad now installed in your vehicle.  We hope that you enjoy the view each time you get behind the wheel.  Thank you again for purchasing our product.

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