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Difficulty in removing gauge assembly

We are in the process of (attempting to) disassemble the dashboard components on my '67. All was pretty straightforward until we came to the dash bezel. We lowered the steering column out of the way, removed all the fasteners securing the bezel, and eased it forward slightly.

But, now we are trying figure out how to remove the knobs and switches for the lights, wipers, and lighter. Basic guide on how to do so? Hate to force anything, and disassembly does not appear to be as straightforward as unthreading them.

Any other tips? Guidelines?

The factory service manual is not very descriptive in this area.
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Headlight switch:
With the battery disconnected, pull the switch knob out. Reach behind the dash and press the release button on the headlight switch housing. It is a spring-loaded button, about 1/4" (6,5mm) diameter. Keep pulling the switch knob while the button is pushed; the knob and shaft will come out of the switch. Then, unscrew the switch attaching nut. It is a slotted, round nut that is visible after the switch shaft and knob have been removed.

Wiper switch:
Pull the knob straight off the switch.
Then remove the retaining nut that holds the switch to the dash panel.

Lighter:
Disconnect the power wire from the terminal at the rear of the lighter (round, spring terminal). Disconnect the lamp from the outer, rear housing(spring clip).
Hold the front of the lighter so it doesn't rotate and unscrew the outer housing from behind the dash.

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Wow, those processes worked perfectly. Thank you so much! What about the key switch? We just unplugged it, but still need to remove the "key face place" in order to properly access the dash bezel for repaint.

I see there is a tiny hole in the front which I presume is a means to release the front plate. However, I have probed around in there with a torch tip cleaner, but am unable to feel anything to push on.

Any further advise would be much appreciated. Thank you!
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Insert yrou key in the ignition and push a thick paperclip or small punch in the hole and push, your tumbler should release out of the housing along with the key.

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Thank you. I was trying it without the key in the ignition. Note, I inserted the key, pushed the torch tip cleaner into the hole, and felt resistance. However, even depressed, the key faceplate and tumbler refuse to come out. Does it matter what position the key is in? Any further suggestions?
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Have tried and tried, but no matter what, that key switch will not come out. Have tried rotating it (clockwise) with a push-pin pushed into the hole (with the key in place). Also tried prying it out with pin pushed in and key in place. No luck at all.
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With your key in the ignition switch, and your paperclip or wire depressed in the small hole, you need to turn the key counterclockwise past the accessory position for the switch to pop out.
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It worked! Thank you all VERY much! : )
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