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Instrument panel came right out

So I have a Volvo Penta 2002 on a 1986 boat, the instrument panel is the standard version. To stop the engine you pull the stop. Only yesterday when I did just that, the whole panel came right out. The panel itself was brittle and the corners (where the panel was screwed in) just broke off.

Never having replaced such a panel before, I need guidance. How is it done? Does anyone know of or have a tutorial or installation manual I can refer to? It doesn't have to be the same model.

For example, one thing I'm wondering is whether I can replace the panel without disconnecting everything from the engine and pulling all the wiring clear out in order to thread the wiring through the holes in the new panel. Or can, say, the stop handle, be removed, the line moved to the new panel, then the handle reattached on the new panel - without pulling the whole thing clear out.

Thank you for any help or advice. I appreciate it.
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If you can't get another panel, mount everything on a piece of marine grade plywood and put that in place. The stop handle should screw off the cable. The electrical connections should be relatively easy to remove and put together again. Just draw a diagram if you're unfamiliar with them. This was done on my Merlin when I re-powered and the Yanmar panel was too big for the cut-out in the coaming. Took the tach, starter, etc. off the panel, mounted evrerything on a piece of plywood and set it in. Painted it black and that was it.
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If you can't get another panel, mount everything on a piece of marine grade plywood and put that in place. The stop handle should screw off the cable. The electrical connections should be relatively easy to remove and put together again. Just draw a diagram if you're unfamiliar with them.
Well, that seems easy enough and a lot cheaper than ordering a new panel for $400 USD. Thanks!
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If it would look better (strickly your choice), a piece of white or black 1/2 or 3/8 inch plastic (I "think" they call it Starboard) could also make a nice panel backing. In addition to drawing a diagram (and that is a must) take lots of pictures with your digital camera up close BEFORE you pull any wires off.

You might even want to get some masking tape and a sharpie and label each wires as you take it off.

They all look good now, but get a dozen wires off and they "all look the same!"

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The corners broke off?

Cheap fast and simple cure, get four barrel washers (large washer with small hole) or cut four triangles out of black/white plexi to use as washers, and just put them on top of the pieces, screw/bolt it back in.

If you want to replace it, after you use the masking tape, sharpie, and digicam, take the old panel to a bowling trophy shop or a plexi shop, and they can make up a copy for you. (The trophy shop can engrave labels, the plexi shop probably has other virtues)

Or...Check out CNC Machine Shop | Custom Waterjet, Plasma, Laser Cutting | eMachineShop.com where you can download simple CAD/CAM software for free. Make up your own custom panel, on your computer, and they'll fabricate it and send it back to you. Wood, metal, plastic...one heck of a way to do a custom job.

Of course the washers will get you back sailing faster.
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The corners broke off?

Cheap fast and simple cure, get four barrel washers (large washer with small hole) or cut four triangles out of black/white plexi to use as washers, and just put them on top of the pieces, screw/bolt it back in.
Oh, that's clever. Yes, that'll do the trick nicely until I have more time to get around to doing it properly. Yesyes. Thanks for that tip.
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To stop the engine you pull the stop. Only yesterday when I did just that, the whole panel came right out. The panel itself was brittle and the corners (where the panel was screwed in) just broke off.
Maybe you should try to remedy the root cause also. The stop wire needs to be lubricated now and then else it will become hard to pull. The stop lever on the engine needs almost no force to be moved...
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[quote=hellosailor;513261]The corners broke off?

Cheap fast and simple cure, get four barrel washers (large washer with small hole) or cut four triangles out of black/white plexi to use as washers, and just put them on top of the pieces, screw/bolt it back in.

Ibelieve you are refering to "fender" washers?
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Re: Instrument panel came right out

check this out

Engine instrument panel replacement
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Re: Instrument panel came right out

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linked your own post in a thread that was started 3 years ago, i sure hope it got it fixed LONG ago.
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