RHINO RF 307

DASHPAD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

RHINO RF 307

DASHPAD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

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RF307 USA MADE
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

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

RF307 INSTALL OPTIONS
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

The Rhino Fabrication RF307 Dash Pad was trimmed on our shop fixture to assist the installer in simplifying the installation.

Keep in mind that there are two possibilities or configurations for installing the RF307.

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

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

RF307 INSTALLATION PREP
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

Prior to attempting to install your new dash pad the following issues need to be addressed.

  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 that your new dash pad is installed within 30 days of purchase. Your new dash pad does need adhesive for installation. The factory trim moldings will assist in securing the pad in position but adhesives are also 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.

RF307 TRIM
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

Now one 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 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. Trimming of the forward edge will be required. 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.

RF307 CHALLENGES
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

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

RF307 INSTALLATION
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

Since you should have already removed the windshield garnish, A pillar moldings, instrument cluster and lower chrome garnish molding it is time to dry fit or test fit your Rhino Dash Pad.   With the pad acclimatized at close to 70-80 degree temperature it will be flexible enough to better conform to the dash shell but not so hot as to distort.

  1. Slide the pad onto the shell and check to see if the pad settles against the metal dash shell.  Examine the ends of the dash pad before you push the pad to far forward.  We have left you extra material there so that you can trim to the exact fit of your metal dash shell.  Examine how your end caps will fit prior to trimming the end of the dash pad.  If you push too hard before fitting the ends you can split the skin of the pad. Although the pad will still fit if split it will not look be as nice after the install.  Be really careful!
  2. Next, Inspect the forward edge of the pad to ensure it is not pressing against the windshield, or the pinch weld that sits below the windshield.  If you have removed the windshield glass prior to beginning the dash pad install that is excellent, but for this particular pad it is not completely necessary.  If the windshield is out of the vehicle it makes it much easier to attach the pad with adhesive on the forward edge when we get to that later on.
  3. Once you are satisfied that the pad fits comfortably on the metal dash shell, check to see if adjustment is needed to allow the pad to slide down into the recessed speaker area.  At the Rhino Fabrication shop we trim these pads pretty close for you but usually the installer will need to grind or adjust the back foam as needed to fit their particular vehicle.  The only difference between the 1962-1965 Ford Fairlane and 1962-1963 Mercury Meteor install will be the amount of material trimmed away from behind the instrument cluster. Do not skip this step:  Make sure the pad drops down into the recess for the speaker grill area, and test install the speaker grill before you go any further.  I cannot stress this enough.  We have had many individuals as well as shops that slide the pad onto the dash shell and think it is ready to glue….test fit the speaker grill.  If it does not drop down then you will need to remove some additional foam from the area that contacts the curved rear edge of the metal dash shell. On the Fairlane pad, look to see how the pad fits just aft (towards the rear of the car) of the speaker grill).  We sometimes see pads that are not installed flat, in the last maybe ½” closest to the speaker recess.  They look as though there is a ski jump type of effect because they were not seated correctly in the recess.  As I mentioned, take your time and inspect and adjust everything.
  4. With the pad fitting where you want it to be examine the rear lower edge of the pad and determine (but do not punch the mounting holes) where the lower chrome mounting trim will be.  The foam directly along this trim strip needs to be as thin as possible to create ease of the trim installation later and for the best looking install.  If the foam appears too thick carefully use a Rol-Loc pad in a die grinder to thin the flexible foam.  If that makes you too nervous use a course paper and hand sand that area.  Be very careful with this operation!
  5. Ok so now you have the pad fitting properly so sit back and double ck everything!  Take your time!  After all you are supposed to be enjoying this activity.
  6. Remove the pad from the metal dash shell and place it somewhere out of the direct sunshine and excessive heat.  Heat and hot sun will destroy an uninstalled padded dash faster than anything so protect your investment.
  7. Now you will attempt the technical portion of the install.  You will be gluing the pad along the perimeter of the pad with a spray adhesive (we like to use #M #38808 adhesive but others will work also) that gives you only one opportunity to get it correct.  If you get this step wrong you very well may destroy your Rhino Padded Dash.  This is important!  DO NOT FOREGO GLUING THE PERIMETER OF THE PAD!  I have seen far too many installs go bad because the pad was not glued.  A band of perimeter glue 2” wide works the best we have found. We also like to use the adhesive around the perimeter of the defroster vents. These pads will shrink if allowed so the glue and the perimeter trim will prevent the pad from moving after the install.   Remember, you get one attempt.
  8. One method I use to keep the glued surfaces from contacting before I am ready for them to do so is to cut 8” x 16” strips of plastic sheet and once the spray adhesive has tacked out I place the plastic strips over the glued surfaces on the metal dash shell.  This will allow you to position the dash pad where you want it, then slowly remove one strip at a time allowing the pad to make contact with the glued surface on the vehicle.  This can be difficult along the windshield but believe me when I say that without the sheeting or another barrier it is near impossible to get the pad positioned correctly.  I usually prepare the perimeter, both forward and lower rear prior to contacting the pad to the glued surface of the metal dash shell.  Now you can better understand why we checked and trimmed the foam earlier in our installation.
  9. Well, by now you should be grinning because you have mastered 90% of the install or you are wondering how to explain to your spouse why you need to purchase another pad because you screwed up the first one.  I really hope it is the former.  The only tough part remaining is locating the holes for the rear lower trim strip.  I use a very small pick (actually a curved or offset dental pick works excellent here) to locate the mounting holes from the inside of the dash shell out.  Attempt to locate the lower edge of each hole to give yourself just a bit extra room for error if you can. Once located install your trim with trim clips in those predetermined locations.
  10. Next reinstall the instrument cluster and surrounding trim.  This can vary according to the make and model you are working with. Once all the trim is installed you will need to trim the excess pad material protruding from under the lower rear trim strip.  I use a razor knife to slide along the bottom of the strip, angling slightly upwards so that I won’t leave a cut line in the dash panel paint.
  11. Lastly reinstall the lower windshield garnish moldings and the A pillar moldings. We like to install the lower stainless trim rail and then use a razor knife to trim along the lower edge.  When doing this, angle your blade slightly upwards to avoid scratching the surface of your painted dash metal.

 

At this point you have one important element to complete.  Call your friends, grab a cold brewski and revel in the fact that you did it yourself.  It is a great feeling of accomplishment to complete the install of one of these early pads. Also the visual impact the install has on the beauty of your vehicle is wonderful. Enjoy and thank you again for using American Made Products from Rhino Fabrication, Bend, Oregon.

 

Click On Any Tab For Instructions

RF307 USA MADE
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

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

RF307 INSTALL OPTIONS
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

The Rhino Fabrication RF307 Dash Pad was trimmed on our shop fixture to assist the installer in simplifying the installation.

Keep in mind that there are two possibilities or configurations for installing the RF307.

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

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

RF307 INSTALLATION PREP
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

Prior to attempting to install your new dash pad the following issues need to be addressed.

  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 that your new dash pad is installed within 30 days of purchase. Your new dash pad does need adhesive for installation. The factory trim moldings will assist in securing the pad in position but adhesives are also 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.

RF307 TRIM
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

Now one 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 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. Trimming of the forward edge will be required. 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.

RF307 CHALLENGES
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

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

RF307 INSTALLATION
1962-1965 FORD FAIRLANE, 1962-1963 MERCURY METEOR

Since you should have already removed the windshield garnish, A pillar moldings, instrument cluster and lower chrome garnish molding it is time to dry fit or test fit your Rhino Dash Pad.   With the pad acclimatized at close to 70-80 degree temperature it will be flexible enough to better conform to the dash shell but not so hot as to distort.

  1. Slide the pad onto the shell and check to see if the pad settles against the metal dash shell.  Examine the ends of the dash pad before you push the pad to far forward.  We have left you extra material there so that you can trim to the exact fit of your metal dash shell.  Examine how your end caps will fit prior to trimming the end of the dash pad.  If you push too hard before fitting the ends you can split the skin of the pad. Although the pad will still fit if split it will not look be as nice after the install.  Be really careful!
  2. Next, Inspect the forward edge of the pad to ensure it is not pressing against the windshield, or the pinch weld that sits below the windshield.  If you have removed the windshield glass prior to beginning the dash pad install that is excellent, but for this particular pad it is not completely necessary.  If the windshield is out of the vehicle it makes it much easier to attach the pad with adhesive on the forward edge when we get to that later on.
  3. Once you are satisfied that the pad fits comfortably on the metal dash shell, check to see if adjustment is needed to allow the pad to slide down into the recessed speaker area.  At the Rhino Fabrication shop we trim these pads pretty close for you but usually the installer will need to grind or adjust the back foam as needed to fit their particular vehicle.  The only difference between the 1962-1965 Ford Fairlane and 1962-1963 Mercury Meteor install will be the amount of material trimmed away from behind the instrument cluster. Do not skip this step:  Make sure the pad drops down into the recess for the speaker grill area, and test install the speaker grill before you go any further.  I cannot stress this enough.  We have had many individuals as well as shops that slide the pad onto the dash shell and think it is ready to glue….test fit the speaker grill.  If it does not drop down then you will need to remove some additional foam from the area that contacts the curved rear edge of the metal dash shell. On the Fairlane pad, look to see how the pad fits just aft (towards the rear of the car) of the speaker grill).  We sometimes see pads that are not installed flat, in the last maybe ½” closest to the speaker recess.  They look as though there is a ski jump type of effect because they were not seated correctly in the recess.  As I mentioned, take your time and inspect and adjust everything.
  4. With the pad fitting where you want it to be examine the rear lower edge of the pad and determine (but do not punch the mounting holes) where the lower chrome mounting trim will be.  The foam directly along this trim strip needs to be as thin as possible to create ease of the trim installation later and for the best looking install.  If the foam appears too thick carefully use a Rol-Loc pad in a die grinder to thin the flexible foam.  If that makes you too nervous use a course paper and hand sand that area.  Be very careful with this operation!
  5. Ok so now you have the pad fitting properly so sit back and double ck everything!  Take your time!  After all you are supposed to be enjoying this activity.
  6. Remove the pad from the metal dash shell and place it somewhere out of the direct sunshine and excessive heat.  Heat and hot sun will destroy an uninstalled padded dash faster than anything so protect your investment.
  7. Now you will attempt the technical portion of the install.  You will be gluing the pad along the perimeter of the pad with a spray adhesive (we like to use #M #38808 adhesive but others will work also) that gives you only one opportunity to get it correct.  If you get this step wrong you very well may destroy your Rhino Padded Dash.  This is important!  DO NOT FOREGO GLUING THE PERIMETER OF THE PAD!  I have seen far too many installs go bad because the pad was not glued.  A band of perimeter glue 2” wide works the best we have found. We also like to use the adhesive around the perimeter of the defroster vents. These pads will shrink if allowed so the glue and the perimeter trim will prevent the pad from moving after the install.   Remember, you get one attempt.
  8. One method I use to keep the glued surfaces from contacting before I am ready for them to do so is to cut 8” x 16” strips of plastic sheet and once the spray adhesive has tacked out I place the plastic strips over the glued surfaces on the metal dash shell.  This will allow you to position the dash pad where you want it, then slowly remove one strip at a time allowing the pad to make contact with the glued surface on the vehicle.  This can be difficult along the windshield but believe me when I say that without the sheeting or another barrier it is near impossible to get the pad positioned correctly.  I usually prepare the perimeter, both forward and lower rear prior to contacting the pad to the glued surface of the metal dash shell.  Now you can better understand why we checked and trimmed the foam earlier in our installation.
  9. Well, by now you should be grinning because you have mastered 90% of the install or you are wondering how to explain to your spouse why you need to purchase another pad because you screwed up the first one.  I really hope it is the former.  The only tough part remaining is locating the holes for the rear lower trim strip.  I use a very small pick (actually a curved or offset dental pick works excellent here) to locate the mounting holes from the inside of the dash shell out.  Attempt to locate the lower edge of each hole to give yourself just a bit extra room for error if you can. Once located install your trim with trim clips in those predetermined locations.
  10. Next reinstall the instrument cluster and surrounding trim.  This can vary according to the make and model you are working with. Once all the trim is installed you will need to trim the excess pad material protruding from under the lower rear trim strip.  I use a razor knife to slide along the bottom of the strip, angling slightly upwards so that I won’t leave a cut line in the dash panel paint.
  11. Lastly reinstall the lower windshield garnish moldings and the A pillar moldings. We like to install the lower stainless trim rail and then use a razor knife to trim along the lower edge.  When doing this, angle your blade slightly upwards to avoid scratching the surface of your painted dash metal.

 

At this point you have one important element to complete.  Call your friends, grab a cold brewski and revel in the fact that you did it yourself.  It is a great feeling of accomplishment to complete the install of one of these early pads. Also the visual impact the install has on the beauty of your vehicle is wonderful. Enjoy and thank you again for using American Made Products from Rhino Fabrication, Bend, Oregon.

 

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