Fix your butchered loom first and leave out the sound. Solder and shrink sleeve all joints. Every where he went you follow and repair. Once you have done that then consider a replacement cluster if necessary. Follow all wires colour for colour. Once that is done then turn your attention to the audio 'installation' (I use the word loosely). Check all earths and plugs for damage - ensure they are clean and tight.
I take it the PO was either a radio installer, alarm installer or a farmer. LOL!
Good - Fast - Cheap: Pick any two.
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I've just changed my wiper blades and now my reverse lights don't work. Should I change my fuel pump relay?