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The dreaded plastic consol !
Fitting a new Stereo/DVD player...
Removing the centre consol. This also incorporates my old fitting a radio band expander to a L400 style Delica Spacegear photos.
Please note that not all L400 dashes are the same...Some have extra options!
Don't forget, you attempt this (Or anything else for that matter!) at your own risk!.
I would like to say a big thanks to OldSkool Beat for his help.
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Right. This is what I'm about to fit...

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A view of the dash before I start. This is the standard stereo.

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Prise off the cap by pulling up and back towards the screen (By the way I give Old Skool Beat acknowledgement for the original instructions on how to remove this consol ;-) )

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This shows the 3 clips

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Using a posidrive screwdriver or 8mm nut spinner, undo the 2 screws holding the binnacle down

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Carefully pull up binnacle and locate the harness plug...

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A new view of the clip on the harness.

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Unplug the harness. This requires removal of small clip and pushing in clip and pulling. Fiddly!

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These are the 3 screws holding the binnacle plate down...

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Another view of the 3 screws...

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Remove the plate. I used a 8mm nut spinner as the screws were very tight! I broke my screwdriver the first time!!!

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Now remove the 2 screws at the top and rear of the metal plate...

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Another view of the rear screws...

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Next remove screws holding cup holder (x2)

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Another view of the cupholder screws...

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Pull cupholder out after removing screws. (Note: clip at back for when replacing!)

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This shows where the screws are with the cup-holder removed...

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To remove dash fully you need to unclip remaining harnesses, Same procedure as before. (Gently Bently!)(Note: metal plate)

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Another view of the plugs...

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The centre plastic consol removed...

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The 4 screws holding the original stereo unit in...

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Another view of the 4 screws that hold the radio in...

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This is the grey metal plate as should be attached to the plastic dash front!

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As photo 15, but viewed from the top.
(Note: screw holes)


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With the old stereo removed...

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OMG! The new harness... Take your time...

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After fitting and wiring in the new stereo. It is time to test...

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ahhh . Working fine I think!

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All back together again...
Continue to view the fitting of a band expander to the old stereo...


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Plug Expander in....

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You need to find the Ignition/Accessories-on feed for the Expander. (Blue with white band)

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Fitted 'Scotchlok'. I hate these things but couldn't be bothered to get soldering iron out.

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A view of the CD Din connector...

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View of the rear of stereo where the CD Din connector plugs in...

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The label on the back of my stereo...     
Note: Even the label has a part Number!!!


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I took this picture as a joke... However it seems that these things are very fragile and prone to break!!! There is a little pin which is easily dislodged! So be careful...

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Thanks Russ.
New to the group and this post is still finding a purpose.
Cheers from Canada.
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Mike, Sat, 3 Aug 2019 5:28PM
This information was perfect as I am about to undertake the same process and change my stereo. Thanks.
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Arno Sedlak, Fri, 17 Aug 2018 2:07AM
Hi from Edmonton Alberta.  Good Photo's.  My centre console was cracked in a few places and I was going to install a Stereo for our frequency's that we have in North America. The plastic is falling apart on me and looks like I will have to try to get a replacement !   Your photo's show a lot on 'how to' !  thanks !
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Dave Lindsay, Mon, 30 Jan 2017 1:45PM
Great article need to do this soon
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Paul Morris, Fri, 12 Aug 2016 3:12PM
Been meaning to replace the jap entertainment center for some time but didn't have a round tuitNow ,reenergised I will go for it. Ted from Oz
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Ted Burns, Wed, 6 Apr 2016 9:47PM
2 Thumbs up...Great indeed...
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Levee M Reynoso, Sun, 27 Jan 2013 9:54AM
Just what i needed i would never have seen the cupholder screws.
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unclebazwold, Sat, 16 May 2009 8:46AM
bloody geneous, i followed the pics and was able to replace the dash of my new van with the dash of the old one... and i looked under the passengers seat and found a CD player....
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Steve, Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:08PM
great stuff who needs haynes?
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armac, Sun, 3 Feb 2008 12:08PM
Xcellent piece of work, thank you, Dennis.
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MrC, Mon, 8 Jan 2007 10:06AM
excellent!!! many thanks - dealer broke my dashboard fascia so will be watching him replace it with these instructions!!!
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gail smyth, Sat, 20 May 2006 1:37AM
Excellent! Will attempt to rip ot all out and replace the stereo tomorrow...
Cheers from the delicaclub (Aus).
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Gary Storm, Sat, 17 Sep 2005 6:08AM
Ive been trying all sorts of different gadgets in the tape slot eg; mini disc portable digital radio, not mutch sucsess with the latter so now Ive seen your pics I think I'll bite the bullet and put in a fixed unit T.T.F.n.
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Roystee, Sun, 14 Aug 2005 2:33AM
Thanks, I only wish I had found this BEFORE I cracked my facia LOL
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Cupid Stunt, Sat, 11 Jun 2005 11:20PM
Thanks forthis info. I just removed the centre console to gain access to the click as there was a poor connection in there somewhere. These instructions were fantastic and made the job a breeze. Thanks Mate
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Mongrel, Thu, 19 May 2005 10:43PM
your a legand guv ,youngy down under
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dave, Sat, 23 Apr 2005 9:28PM
Great photos. I want to replace my radio thing and put my Pioneer unit in. Great stuff and thanks

Martos
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Martos, Sat, 12 Feb 2005 11:57PM
Very useful, one question? did the plastic facia surround break because the grey metal plate did not come away with it? Thanks again.  Answer by Russ = Yes, I think so...
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Chris, Fri, 28 Jan 2005 2:09AM
Well presented, been trying to figure this one, sure glad I found your great article, Thanks.
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Paul Skinner, Tue, 14 Dec 2004 11:10AM
Could kiss you!Brilliant piece of work.
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doug, Fri, 3 Dec 2004 2:30AM
excelent beats a haynes manual and some.... I will start pulling mine apart tomorow, thanks loads
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Ian , Tue, 30 Nov 2004 1:17PM
Brilliance!!!!
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monstertruck, Thu, 28 Oct 2004 4:37PM
Very easy to follow and very informative. Well done 07/10/04
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Tom Hulme, Thu, 7 Oct 2004 10:47AM
This is good, well done!
A helpful and professional job.
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Mick Wingell, Wed, 29 Sep 2004 12:26PM
Nice one mr sparks will definately help a lot of people out! cheers Marc
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Marc, Fri, 10 Sep 2004 10:45AM
just what i needed thanks. tubby (02/08/04)
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roy wilcock, Mon, 2 Aug 2004 4:53AM
thanx for info. would not have known where to start, nice one .
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schtaqua, Sun, 11 Jul 2004 12:22PM
You're are genius!
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James Lam, Thu, 17 Jun 2004 9:10AM
Wish I'd read this before installing my cd auto changer--- cracked my dash in exact same place ! ! , you wouldn't happen to know anything about the mitsubishi satnav, eg where to find the british version of the software, and will it work on this system ?,cheers, Tom.
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Tom Mc CARTHY, Sun, 9 May 2004 7:28AM
Thanks mate. Have ordered my Delica from Japan but not yet arrived. Will certainly be needing to do this and would not have had a clue where to begin. Well done, Nick
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Nick Bevan, Wed, 21 Apr 2004 3:56AM
 

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