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Parnelli Jones Autograph w Dash Removal

Parnelli Jones Autograph Dash Removal

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#1 cholmes1

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 07:22 PM

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 ( jim@arendacapital.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 **
 
 
VIDEO: 
 
 
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 )
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DRIVERS SIDE GLOVE BOX TAB
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PASSENGER SIDE GLOVE BOX TAB
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UNDER DASH CONTROLLER.  REMOVE THE FOUR HIGHLIGHTED SCREWS  (TORX HEAD REQUIRED)  ONCE SCREWS REMOVED THE UNIT CAN HANG WITHOUT ISSUE
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REMOVE DASH PANEL BRACKET.  SIMPLY PUSH THE TAB
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REMOVE AIRBAG BOLTS (8mm Socket) and SEPARATE ELECTRIC CABLE AT REAR
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WITH AIRBAG DISCONNECTED SLIDE UNIT TOWARDS PASSENGER SEAT TO UNSEAT AIRBAG AND PANEL TABS
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USING A TACK PULLER OR FLATHEAD SCREWDRIVER, PULL PLASTIC HOUSING FROM UNDER THE STEEL TABS (MOST DIFFICULT PART OF PROCESS) TAKE YOUR TIME
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ONCE REMOVED - LABEL PANEL IF YOU WISH...( I LABELED THE PANEL, THE PAINT PEN, and MY CAMERA)
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THE MORE YOU LABEL THE EASIER THE PROCESS WILL BE AND THE HAPPIER PARNELLI WILL BE....
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To reinstall simply reverse the process and once it is all back in place, reconnect your negative batter terminal.
 
 
Best,
 Charles
 
 


Edited by cholmes1, 14 March 2017 - 10:48 AM.

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#2 Bwlandu

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 09:19 PM

Wow. That's totally awesome and worth every penny in my opinion!! Your LS is even more unique!
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Posted 15 February 2017 - 06:30 AM

Agree, very unique and creative. Was thinking could send the entire car to them or invite Mr. Jones for a week's free vacation in ME if I could get the dashagraph. Kidding of coarse but wonder if a nice plaque could be done with car # and photo inc. of coarse. Wasn't CS doing that at one point? No, wouldn't be as genuine as actual signature on dash itself. Under hood frame brace would be really cool too, similiar to autograph on the intake CAI's.

Edited by Rich B., 15 February 2017 - 06:31 AM.


#4 Bwlandu

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 09:24 AM

Love your idea Rich B.  I'm not as motivated as cholmes1 to take anything apart and ship it across the border, but some type of standard plate/plaque that could be signed and sent back for a donation would be killer.  Some kind of adhesive plate that would integrate well somewhere.


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#5 cholmes1

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 11:26 AM

Based off my interactions with Mr. Jones, I think he would be happy to sign anything associated with our cars. His main concern in speaking with him was that items would end up on eBay which he was very much against.

If you're looking for under hood items you could send your fuse panel. Much easier to remove and much cheaper to ship.
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:47 AM

Wow, that is so bad ass! Might have to do this myself! Did you do any type of clear coat over it, or is that why you went with a paint marker?

#7 cholmes1

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:37 AM

Thanks. No clear was applied. Shelby guys said that it messes up the shine balance between the panels and, depending on sun exposure, yellows where the OEM panels just mildly fade.

Given that it is a reflective paint he signed in, I feel comfortable with it lasting for many years.

Hope you have it done, it really is a great addition to the interior

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 09:10 AM

I did the same a few years back. A very nice addition to our already classic cars.
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Posted 04 March 2017 - 10:45 AM

I would recommend you consider ordering a second dash panel as I did for my Shelby.  I sent the second dash in when Carroll was still alive and got it signed.  I then had a dealer install as I didn't want to mess with the airbag and it really wasn't very expensive given how I value my time.  The old unsigned panel I stored away.  When I traded my Shelby in for the Boss the dealer wasn't going to give me jack for the signed panel so I I had them remove and replace with the old one.   What's great about this is you never have to worry about it going out of stock and you always have the option of keeping it, and as I have, place it on a shelf.


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#10 cholmes1

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 02:11 PM

I would recommend you consider ordering a second dash panel as I did for my Shelby.  I sent the second dash in when Carroll was still alive and got it signed.  I then had a dealer install as I didn't want to mess with the airbag and it really wasn't very expensive given how I value my time.  The old unsigned panel I stored away.  When I traded my Shelby in for the Boss the dealer wasn't going to give me jack for the signed panel so I I had them remove and replace with the old one.   What's great about this is you never have to worry about it going out of stock and you always have the option of keeping it, and as I have, place it on a shelf.

 

That is a great idea, especially given that Parnelli is going to be 84 this year.  Unfortunately, I think the 302 replacement covers sell for around $350, but if you could find a nice one from salvage that would be even better...

 

Found here for those interested: http://parts.autonat...inst-finish-pnl

 

P/N: CR3Z-5804338-BA  (Just make certain you select the 'Metal Mesh' option)


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Posted 10 March 2017 - 01:50 PM

CHolmes1:

Great idea and a great post thread.

Thanks so much for posting and sharing,
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Posted 11 March 2017 - 12:57 AM

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 04:22 AM

Doesn't Mr. Jones also sign the large suitable for frame Boss photos? A photo enhanced of the actually owned Boss w/current owner and his autograph wouldn't be too bad either (not the owner, meaning PJ).
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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:43 AM

Mr. Jones seems to be willing to sign anything Boss related, his main concern is making certain items do not end up on eBay.  So in the case of a photo of your car or you with your car I am certain he would be happy to help.  Jim Dilamarter would certainly be able to provide more information.

 

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:47 PM

Doesn't Mr. Jones also sign the large suitable for frame Boss photos? A photo enhanced of the actually owned Boss w/current owner and his autograph wouldn't be too bad either (not the owner, meaning PJ).


Yes, back in early 2012 I purchased from Ford Motor Company, a framed 2012 KB Boss 302 photo with P. Jones autograph and black-brass engraved Boss ID plate. Nicely matted and all under glass.

It was nicely done, glad that I purchase this item. Not the best pic, but here it is:

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