RHINO RF 315

DASHPAD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

RHINO RF 315

DASHPAD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

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RF315 USA MADE
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

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

RF315 DASH PAD INSTALL OPTIONS
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

The Rhino Fabrication RF315 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 RF315.

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

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

RF315 INSTALL PREP
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

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

  1. Remove right and left lower inside windshield garnish moldings.
  2. Remove the speaker grille. This will allow access to the radio speaker and the defroster diffusers.
  3. Remove both defroster diffusers.
  4. Loosen the Instrument Cluster
  5. Remove radio speaker.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

RF315 TRIM
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

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. 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.

RF 315 CHALLENGES
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

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

RF315 INSTALLATION
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

  1. 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 (under the windshield pinch weld) where the garnish molding will later be installed. Use your hand under the dash frame 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 onto 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 metal end caps and the A pillar moldings that you removed earlier to test fit how much trimming is allowed. Now is the time to again make sure the pad drops into the speaker recessed area. This single step is the most important installation tip I can provide to you.Do not proceed until you have made sure that the recess of the pad has dropped into the recess on the dash frame.  If you skip this step your pad will never look perfect.  The speaker grill needs to be test fit once you believe the pad is positioned correctly. All of our pads will fit the speaker grill tightly. Don’t panic.  We do this on purpose because without this fit your install will not look correct when finished. If engagement is not achieved the installer will need to sand or grind foam from the rear curved surface of the pad.  We are referring to the curved surface where the pad makes contact with the rearward curved edge of the metal dash shell.  Removal of additional foam will allow the pad to travel further forward onto the metal dash shell, thus allowing the speaker recess to engage the metal recessed area. Keep in mind that the pad you have is identical to our display pad that we use for trade and car shows etc.  They do fit well, but like any other quality install it takes time and patience to make your installation first class.  You would not expect to install a set of seat upholstery without patience and adjustment, so do not assume that your new dash pad is any different. Keep in mind that as the pad moves forward on the metal dash shell you may be required to trim away excess material at the forward edge(near the windshield pinch weld) to allow forward movement of the pad.  If the windshield is removed you will have little or no trouble but if you have chosen to install the dash pad with the windshield in the vehicle expect some frustration and a much more difficult install.  I have installed dozens upon dozens of Falcon Dash Pads and every time I install a pad in a vehicle with a windshield installed I swear I will never attempt it again.  It is just a frustrating task.
  4. 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.
  5. At this point the forward most edges of the pad and the speaker area should fit well. Now is the time we like to get an idea of where the lower molding clip holes will be located. To do this we use a custom tool but you may use a plastic push pin instead. With push pin in hand reach behind the dash and insert the pin through the clip hole. With slight pressure you can see and feel the point of the pin pushing on the vinyl skin of the dash pad. DO NOT PUSH THROUGH THE SKIN. Instead mark the location of the clip hole with a marker. We use a fine tip silver marker but other markers could work. Once all the holes are located view that location from the front seat and feel the thickness of the foam in that area. There should be little or no foam thickness behind the lower trim. Too much foam will make it difficult to get the clips of the lower stainless trim to engage the dash shell.  If you choose to thin the foam use a 36 or 40 grit adhesive sheet to sand the foam down a bit.
  6. Once you are satisfied with the fitment remove the pad and use your adhesives to attach your pad to the vehicle. We suggest a two inch wide band on the forward most edge from A pillar to A pillar. We spray this area with one coat, let it dry and then apply a second coat to get the best bond. Remember with a contact adhesive you are coating both the metal shell and the foam on the pad. We always use a barrier of fairly thick, possibly 4 mill poly sheet, to act as a barrier between the two glued surfaces. If you allow the adhesive to tack out to the touch you can use rectangular shingles of poly that overlap along the glued surfaces. Leave the edges of the poly shingles (usually 6” x 10”) hanging out the forward edge of the dash area through the windshield frame. Once the dash pad is exactly positioned slowly remove the center shingle and lightly press the two surfaces together to make the bond. Now keeping the forward pressure on the pad methodically remove the rest of the poly shingles one at a time.
  7. 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.
  8. Fit and install both A pillar moldings.
  9. It is now time to install the lower dash pad trim molding. Apply light downward pressure to the dash pad and use a scratch awl to exactly 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 chrome or painted flat end caps onto the dash pad. We then after close inspection use a razor knife to cut along the lower edge of the lower stainless trim. Angle your blade upwards slightly so the knife blade will not score the paint below the trim.
  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

RF315 USA MADE
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

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

RF315 DASH PAD INSTALL OPTIONS
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

The Rhino Fabrication RF315 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 RF315.

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

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

RF315 INSTALL PREP
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

Preparation:

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

  1. Remove right and left lower inside windshield garnish moldings.
  2. Remove the speaker grille. This will allow access to the radio speaker and the defroster diffusers.
  3. Remove both defroster diffusers.
  4. Loosen the Instrument Cluster
  5. Remove radio speaker.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

RF315 TRIM
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

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. 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.

RF 315 CHALLENGES
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

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

RF315 INSTALLATION
1960-1963 COMET, 1964-1965 AUSTRALIAN XP FALCON & UTE

 

 

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