79 Camaro lower dash question.

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  1. Dans79

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    I'm starting to redo the inside of my Camaro. I bought this OEM lower dash but when I went to install it, it doesn't match. Notice the outward insert that appears to light up. As you can see , my lower dash piece has been cut, that's why I'm replacing it.
     

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    This is the way mine should look I guess. So is this a camaro dash and not a Z28 dash?
     

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    Your old one also has the provision for the "Fasten Seat Belt" light.

    All of the lower dashes from 74-81 had the light. (Early lower Camaro dash panels command a premium price without the light.)
    For 79-81, the upper dash covered it and the functioning "Fasten Seat Belt" light was moved to the dash bezel. (That panel to the right of the cigarette lighter.)

    Summary.... You bought a lower dash which will work in your 79. :D
     
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    Nice man;) now just trying to figure out how to remove it lol. I've taken a load of stuff off but cant take off the upper dash, not sure if ita not melted on. So that light would just fit up under the dash panel?
     
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    Yes, the light is behind the upper dash in a 79-81.

    You don't need to remove the upper dash to replace the lower dash.
    My son and I did it several years ago in his car so I'm sure it can be done.
     
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    When I went to try and remove it , it appears to have been possibly glued or melted. I'm going to try and make time to work on it tomorrow.
     
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    I'll have to take some pics:)
     

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