Hello Boss 302 Members,
I recently had my passenger side dash panel signed and numbered by Mr. Parnelli Jones. As I am certain you are all familiar, Mr. Jones raced the original 302's in the 1969 and 1970 Trans-Am series and won the title in 1970. Below I have attached some photos and a video of how I removed my dash panel if others are interested. I am not an expert so use at own risk.
Mr. Jones works with an agent named Jim Dilamarter with Sports VIPs based in Carson, CA. To have your part autographed I would recommend emailing him at ( email@example.com ) Mr. Dilamarter is a star in his own right serving as a mechanic on the 69' - 70' Boss team and eventually went on to become a chief mechanic, general manager, and F1 team manager.
The charge for the autograph alone is $100 and is done in the form of a tax-deductible donation to the Page Jones Foundation Fund housed within the Pittsburgh Foundation. If you would like the dash numbered or a photograph of Mr. Jones that can also be arranged via Mr. Dilamarter. I donated an additional $50 to the fund for a photo of Parnelli holding my dash panel and the LS# inscription. All in all, I believe it was worth every penny to support a very worthy cause (TBI Research and Support) and have the legend associated with our cars sign my dash. Here is where you would donate: http://godspeedpj.com/
Note: Once the donation is complete you will receive an instant email notification of your donation. Simply print this off and place it in the box with your dash panel. Print a 2nd copy and keep it for your taxes.
The process itself (after dash panel removal ) is pretty straightforward. I took my dash panel and placed post-it notes with small directions (see photos), wrapped a new (unused) paint marker with small directions taped on, and included an old digital camera again with small directions taped on (on/off, zoom, etc.). My thinking was to make the process as easy for Mr. Jones and his team as possible. Additionally, it proves that the dash being signed in the photo is mine and not a generic one...
Note: If you want a photo you will need to send a camera. I could not find a disposable camera at any of my local stores so I included an old digital one of my own.
After marking the items to send, I took my dash panel and items to FedEx. With 3-Day shipping, $500 in Insurance, and packing it was about $30 each way. You must pay for shipping to and from, so with the return label using the same specifications, it totaled around $60. The items arrived in outstanding condition and I could clearly see that FedEx took great care in packing the items for return shipping. They also placed 'FRAGILE' stickers on every side of the box which was appreciated.
The marker I used is made by Prismacolor. It was the one most highly recommended by the Shelby guys as well as autograph aficionados/collectors. I am neither, so I took their word and it worked out very well. Here is the link to the marker I purchased: https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I have linked a video I created of the dash removal process and some photos to hopefully help anyone interested.
** Sadly, having worked with enough lawyers throughout my life, I must say this posting, video, and photos are for entertainment purposes only. I am not liable if you should follow these directions and injure yourself, your vehicle/property, or your final autograph results do not mimic mine. The above was based solely on my individual experience **
I tried to place the photos in an 'order of operations' to hopefully help answer any questions that may exist. That said, if you have any questions on the process please let me know. I am happy to help.
DISCONNECT YOUR NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE
REMOVE THESE FOUR SCREWS ( 7mm Socket )
DRIVERS SIDE GLOVE BOX TAB
PASSENGER SIDE GLOVE BOX TAB
UNDER DASH CONTROLLER. REMOVE THE FOUR HIGHLIGHTED SCREWS (TORX HEAD REQUIRED) ONCE SCREWS REMOVED THE UNIT CAN HANG WITHOUT ISSUE
REMOVE DASH PANEL BRACKET. SIMPLY PUSH THE TAB
REMOVE AIRBAG BOLTS (8mm Socket) and SEPARATE ELECTRIC CABLE AT REAR
WITH AIRBAG DISCONNECTED SLIDE UNIT TOWARDS PASSENGER SEAT TO UNSEAT AIRBAG AND PANEL TABS
USING A TACK PULLER OR FLATHEAD SCREWDRIVER, PULL PLASTIC HOUSING FROM UNDER THE STEEL TABS (MOST DIFFICULT PART OF PROCESS) TAKE YOUR TIME
ONCE REMOVED - LABEL PANEL IF YOU WISH...( I LABELED THE PANEL, THE PAINT PEN, and MY CAMERA)
THE MORE YOU LABEL THE EASIER THE PROCESS WILL BE AND THE HAPPIER PARNELLI WILL BE....
To reinstall simply reverse the process and once it is all back in place, reconnect your negative batter terminal.
Edited by cholmes1, 14 March 2017 - 10:48 AM.