RHINO RF 303

DASHPAD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

RHINO RF 303

DASHPAD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

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RF303 USA MADE
1963-1964 GALAXIE

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

RF303 INSTALL OPTIONS
1963-1964 GALAXIE

Keep in mind that there are three possibilities or configurations for installing the RF303.

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

RF 303 INSTALL PREP
1963-1964 GALAXIE

Prior to attempting installation of your new dash pad the following needs to be accomplished.

  1. Remove the three lower inside windshield garnish moldings.
  2. Remove the two inside A pillar moldings.
  3. Loosen the instrument cluster and allow the cluster to slide down and outwards approximately 2”.
  4. Remove the speaker grille and speaker assembly and the defroster defusers.
  5. Clean the entire surface of the metal dash. Remove any old adhesive, foam, or foreign material that may interfere with the installation.

RF303 TRIM
1963-1964 GALAXIE

You may ask why the dash pad is trimmed in the manner it is.  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 windshield out of the vehicle and we highly suggest this method. 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. Very slight trimming of the forward edge will be required. As you may see the trim is very close as we have even created the notches for the forward molding standoffs. Also we have allowed you extra material on the ends of the pad so that the tabs may be slid behind the wind lace to create that perfect install.

RF303 CHALLENGES
1963-1964 GALAXIE

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. 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.

We have installed threaded studs in the pad that fit the factory clip locations.  This allows for adjustment of the pad and also eliminated the need for our customers to purchase any additional mounting hardware. You will need to install the washers and nuts on the rear underside of the pad so body and wrist flexibility is required. In short we believe we have introduced a much improved system for attaching the Galaxie dash pad.

We have also pre-trimmed the defroster locations here at our shop so this will be a great help for the installer.

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

RF303 INSTALLATION
1963-1964 GALAXIE

Your dash pad was shipped to you with the forward edge trimmed for install.  There is a small amount of extra material on the forward edge of our pad to allow you to have extra holding power for the adhesive you will apply later in the install. The defroster vent slots are purposely trimmed a bit narrower than needed.  Do not trim these slots larger until your pad is glued in place and you are ready to install the defroster diffusers. It is very easy to cut the ports too large. Using caution, trim the excess foam and vinyl from the dash instrument area and pre-fit the cluster. We have removed some foam from this area behind and above the cluster but depending on the position of your particular pad you may wish to fine tune the foam to your liking.

We highly recommend that your new dash pad is installed within 30 days of purchase. Your new dash pad is delivered with nine lower studs preinstalled. These stainless steel studs have replaced the factory clips for ease of install and durability. You will notice that the driver’s side of the pad has two studs attached. Only one of these studs will be used for attachment to the vehicle. The other is there for manufacturing purposes only. You do not need to remove the extra stud, simply do not install a nut on the extra during the install. We strongly recommend that an adhesive be used along the perimeter of the defroster ports and the very forward edges of the pad near the windshield. These areas if not secured with adhesive tend to shrink rearward towards the center of the pad over time. The lower studs/nuts, windshield garnish moldings, “A” pillar moldings, speaker grille, defroster trim bezels, and instrument cluster will provide very adequate additional securing points for the dash pad if properly installed. It is important that all attaching points are secured to prevent movement of your dash pad in the future. Remember your pad is PVC vinyl, and flexible foam. As a secured unit it is very stable, but left unsecured, or improperly installed, it will morph into something very ugly.

  1. Slide the dash pad onto the metal dash surface working slowly to fit the edges of the dash between the instrument cluster and the metal dash. Pay attention to the ends of the dash pad. These ends will fit between the wind lace and the metal dash and will be secured later in the process. Excess material has been provided for minimal trimming in this area towards the end of our installation. The dash pad should slide approximately .375” behind the wind lace.
  2. Apply forward pressure on the dash pad to keep the pad tight against the metal dash surface. This is very important for successful installation. Do not force your pad too hard as it could tear the ends of the vinyl. If you are installing the pad in the proper environment of approximately 70 to 80 degrees you should have no issues. Allow your pad and vehicle to adjust to the temperature suggested for a few hours. This allows your pad to flex and expand with gentle pressure.
  3. The preinstalled studs on the lower edge of your dash will align exactly to your vehicle. Initially rotate the pad downward to engage the studs into the slots, and then press the pad forward on the metal frame.
  4. Position the speaker and speaker grille into the dash pad remembering to keep pressure forward on the pad.
  5. Now is the time to visually inspect your pad for fitment. If you decide that a slight removal of the foam would allow the pad to fit your vehicle better, now is the time to adjust for perfect fit. Be very careful not to remove more foam that absolutely needed.  Once preferred fit is achieved it is time to apply adhesive. Remember you will get one, and usually only one, opportunity to install once adhesive is applied.  Apply adhesive to the perimeter of the defroster ports and the forward edge of the pad. Some installers suggest random adhesive be applied to the general areas to keep the pad from creeping later in its life.  Others choose to use adhesive on the slope s of the cluster crown areas. This is your decision.
  6. Install the long lower windshield garnish moldings using the three, 1.25” screws first then secure the outer end with the 2” screws. Next install the center garnish clip with 1.25” screw.
  7. Install the A pillar moldings using two .75” screw on; the main body and 1.25” screw on the top inboard mounting hole.
  8. Push the instrument cluster up and forward into position. Use a punch or awl to align the top mounting holes and fasten loosely with 1.25” screws. Align the lower mounting holes and fasten with .75” screws. Finally tighten the top and the bottom screws.
  9. Now it is time to tighten the bolts holding the speaker and speaker grille. Use caution not to over tighten these. Use only enough force to align the speaker grille with the top surface of the dash pad. It is important to know that if you are installing this pad in a car that has never had a pad installed you may need to find a speaker grille for a padded dash install. The grilles on padded and non-padded cars are not the same however you may use shims or spacers to align the height of a non padded speaker grill to a vehicle with a pad. The perimeter size is the same on both the padded or non padded grills, just the height and mount studs are different. Finally it is time to adjust the end flaps of the dash pad. Secure behind the wind lace. Each vehicle will fit differently in this area so minimal trimming may be required to allow fitment.
  10. Lastly secure your dash pad on the lower edge with the stainless washers and nuts supplies.
  11. Congratulations, you have completed the installation of your new dash pad! 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.
  12. Please send us photos of your car and you dash pad install. We would like to provide images to other customers who are looking for confidence in installing our products.

Click On Any Tab For Instructions

RF303 USA MADE
1963-1964 GALAXIE

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

RF303 INSTALL OPTIONS
1963-1964 GALAXIE

Keep in mind that there are three possibilities or configurations for installing the RF303.

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

RF 303 INSTALL PREP
1963-1964 GALAXIE

Prior to attempting installation of your new dash pad the following needs to be accomplished.

  1. Remove the three lower inside windshield garnish moldings.
  2. Remove the two inside A pillar moldings.
  3. Loosen the instrument cluster and allow the cluster to slide down and outwards approximately 2”.
  4. Remove the speaker grille and speaker assembly and the defroster defusers.
  5. Clean the entire surface of the metal dash. Remove any old adhesive, foam, or foreign material that may interfere with the installation.

RF303 TRIM
1963-1964 GALAXIE

You may ask why the dash pad is trimmed in the manner it is.  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 windshield out of the vehicle and we highly suggest this method. 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. Very slight trimming of the forward edge will be required. As you may see the trim is very close as we have even created the notches for the forward molding standoffs. Also we have allowed you extra material on the ends of the pad so that the tabs may be slid behind the wind lace to create that perfect install.

RF303 CHALLENGES
1963-1964 GALAXIE

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. 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.

We have installed threaded studs in the pad that fit the factory clip locations.  This allows for adjustment of the pad and also eliminated the need for our customers to purchase any additional mounting hardware. You will need to install the washers and nuts on the rear underside of the pad so body and wrist flexibility is required. In short we believe we have introduced a much improved system for attaching the Galaxie dash pad.

We have also pre-trimmed the defroster locations here at our shop so this will be a great help for the installer.

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

RF303 INSTALLATION
1963-1964 GALAXIE

Your dash pad was shipped to you with the forward edge trimmed for install.  There is a small amount of extra material on the forward edge of our pad to allow you to have extra holding power for the adhesive you will apply later in the install. The defroster vent slots are purposely trimmed a bit narrower than needed.  Do not trim these slots larger until your pad is glued in place and you are ready to install the defroster diffusers. It is very easy to cut the ports too large. Using caution, trim the excess foam and vinyl from the dash instrument area and pre-fit the cluster. We have removed some foam from this area behind and above the cluster but depending on the position of your particular pad you may wish to fine tune the foam to your liking.

We highly recommend that your new dash pad is installed within 30 days of purchase. Your new dash pad is delivered with nine lower studs preinstalled. These stainless steel studs have replaced the factory clips for ease of install and durability. You will notice that the driver’s side of the pad has two studs attached. Only one of these studs will be used for attachment to the vehicle. The other is there for manufacturing purposes only. You do not need to remove the extra stud, simply do not install a nut on the extra during the install. We strongly recommend that an adhesive be used along the perimeter of the defroster ports and the very forward edges of the pad near the windshield. These areas if not secured with adhesive tend to shrink rearward towards the center of the pad over time. The lower studs/nuts, windshield garnish moldings, “A” pillar moldings, speaker grille, defroster trim bezels, and instrument cluster will provide very adequate additional securing points for the dash pad if properly installed. It is important that all attaching points are secured to prevent movement of your dash pad in the future. Remember your pad is PVC vinyl, and flexible foam. As a secured unit it is very stable, but left unsecured, or improperly installed, it will morph into something very ugly.

  1. Slide the dash pad onto the metal dash surface working slowly to fit the edges of the dash between the instrument cluster and the metal dash. Pay attention to the ends of the dash pad. These ends will fit between the wind lace and the metal dash and will be secured later in the process. Excess material has been provided for minimal trimming in this area towards the end of our installation. The dash pad should slide approximately .375” behind the wind lace.
  2. Apply forward pressure on the dash pad to keep the pad tight against the metal dash surface. This is very important for successful installation. Do not force your pad too hard as it could tear the ends of the vinyl. If you are installing the pad in the proper environment of approximately 70 to 80 degrees you should have no issues. Allow your pad and vehicle to adjust to the temperature suggested for a few hours. This allows your pad to flex and expand with gentle pressure.
  3. The preinstalled studs on the lower edge of your dash will align exactly to your vehicle. Initially rotate the pad downward to engage the studs into the slots, and then press the pad forward on the metal frame.
  4. Position the speaker and speaker grille into the dash pad remembering to keep pressure forward on the pad.
  5. Now is the time to visually inspect your pad for fitment. If you decide that a slight removal of the foam would allow the pad to fit your vehicle better, now is the time to adjust for perfect fit. Be very careful not to remove more foam that absolutely needed.  Once preferred fit is achieved it is time to apply adhesive. Remember you will get one, and usually only one, opportunity to install once adhesive is applied.  Apply adhesive to the perimeter of the defroster ports and the forward edge of the pad. Some installers suggest random adhesive be applied to the general areas to keep the pad from creeping later in its life.  Others choose to use adhesive on the slope s of the cluster crown areas. This is your decision.
  6. Install the long lower windshield garnish moldings using the three, 1.25” screws first then secure the outer end with the 2” screws. Next install the center garnish clip with 1.25” screw.
  7. Install the A pillar moldings using two .75” screw on; the main body and 1.25” screw on the top inboard mounting hole.
  8. Push the instrument cluster up and forward into position. Use a punch or awl to align the top mounting holes and fasten loosely with 1.25” screws. Align the lower mounting holes and fasten with .75” screws. Finally tighten the top and the bottom screws.
  9. Now it is time to tighten the bolts holding the speaker and speaker grille. Use caution not to over tighten these. Use only enough force to align the speaker grille with the top surface of the dash pad. It is important to know that if you are installing this pad in a car that has never had a pad installed you may need to find a speaker grille for a padded dash install. The grilles on padded and non-padded cars are not the same however you may use shims or spacers to align the height of a non padded speaker grill to a vehicle with a pad. The perimeter size is the same on both the padded or non padded grills, just the height and mount studs are different. Finally it is time to adjust the end flaps of the dash pad. Secure behind the wind lace. Each vehicle will fit differently in this area so minimal trimming may be required to allow fitment.
  10. Lastly secure your dash pad on the lower edge with the stainless washers and nuts supplies.
  11. Congratulations, you have completed the installation of your new dash pad! 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.
  12. Please send us photos of your car and you dash pad install. We would like to provide images to other customers who are looking for confidence in installing our products.
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