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repuguru


Redlining
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posted August 19, 2001 07:32 PM

Dash Pads

There used to be a company out there somewhere that Thermoformed new dash materials over old dash pads. Does any body perhaps know of such a company?
I have had dash pads covered before in soft vinyl from the interior shop but it doesnt look factory. Better than cracked? Yes, but not factory. Suggestions?

       
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rotarynews


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posted August 20, 2001 11:45 PM

Not formed but...

I don't think anyone makes replacement covers, but the ones that Victoria Brisish has for the 1st gens are crap (at least in the Las Vegas Heat) Mine melted, and warped within the first week of installing it.

I bet auto-restoration places have know where to get stuff like that done. I know that market is becoming larger every year... bet there is a shop near you...

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repuguru


Redlining
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posted October 30, 2001 05:49 AM

to no avail

I guess its gonna be a trip to the trim shop to get a soft re-cover for the dash. I have not been able to source the company that used to do the hard re-covers of old cracked dashes.

       
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repuguru


Redlining
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posted January 08, 2002 06:32 PM

Cover for dash

Well I got my dash recovered by a local interior shop a couple of weeks ago and it looks better than a cracked up electrc taped up dash, but it is obvious that it is a custom cover. I had to pick all the old vinyl off. Man what a pain!!!! They used some filler material in the cracks in the foam, then stretched some vinyl over it. The dash is to fragile to really get good leverage and pull with the material, so he really worked at it to get it right. I guess the only way to do it absolutely right is to thermoform the cover from a piece of hot dash material. But, like I said it looks better than cracks and electrical tape. For $60 bucks I am happy.

       
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rotarynews


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posted March 18, 2002 04:31 PM

http://www.autoupholsterykits.com/

Just found this site: http://www.autoupholsterykits.com/ They do list a Mazda 1972-76 pickup with a 15" instrument panel. I'll have to measure the dash in ours to see if that is ours... $52

They have other "kits" too for door panels, headliners, seats and carpets... I'll probably contact them when it is time to get my interior redone (maybe this summer?)
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repuguru


Redlining
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posted March 18, 2002 05:04 PM

MAybe a light at the end of the tunnel.

       
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wankel_dreams


Redlining
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posted March 18, 2002 07:55 PM

http://www.autoupholsterykits.com/

I'm questioning the quality that $52 will get, but if its the right one, I'll probably get it as anything is better than cracked.

The complete dash restoration is $495. That is too expensive. and my dash would never come out in one piece, its too brittle.
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Uncle-Jim


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posted March 19, 2002 08:16 AM

I had a badly cracked dash when I restored my Rx-2. While at the upholstry shop, the guy suggested simply recovering the dash with matching fabric to the seats. He filled the cracks in the dash and basically glued the fabric down.
It turned out really nice, and cost (I seem to remember) considerably less than $100.

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wankel_dreams


Redlining
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posted March 19, 2002 08:09 PM
Edited By: wankel_dreams on 19 Mar 2002 20:10

quote:
recovering the dash with matching fabric to the seats.



very interesting. I was going to get my bench seat recovered in leather with seat warmers, maybe the the upholestry shop could do something with the leather over the dash????
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Klaus43


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posted March 20, 2002 12:56 AM

Wow--leather'd be nice; if your gonna go that custom, what about wood? a nice Teak or perhaps Walnut custom-shaped dash "pad" replacement would complement leather very nicely...or could we use an old dash as a mold to craft something more contemporary in, say, carbon fiber? It's always nice to dream...

       
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wankel_dreams


Redlining
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posted March 20, 2002 12:47 PM

quote:
...what about wood? a nice Teak or perhaps Walnut custom-shaped dash "pad" replacement would complement leather very nicely...or could we use an old dash as a mold to craft something more contemporary in, say, carbon fiber? It's always nice to dream...


i really want to stay away from wood. I already am thinking how to cover the faux wood on the instrument cluster and glove box. Wood used to be a really nice touch that was reserved for more luxurious cars, but to me it has been ruined by the "ricers" with stick on wood grain kits and neon shift knobs. I like the carbon fiber idea, but yeah that is pretty much dreaming. I don't want to think how expensive that would be...Its ok though, as i dreamed the other day of replacing the butchered sunroof (someone glued down a peice of plexiglass instead of getting the true glass moonroof) on my 79 rx7 with carbon fiber panel.
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rotarynews


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posted March 20, 2002 04:17 PM

Carbon Fiber MMMMMMmm

http://www.bryanf.com/info/carbon.htm

I'd love to start messing around with CF... I'd have a CF Hood, CF door panels, CF Dash, CF Bed.... oooooohhhh I'll probably try to make something this summer with CF, start simple and work my way up.
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rtrypwr


Hauling
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posted November 11, 2002 06:26 PM

15" dash pad

i know of a place that also has the pad for a 13" gauges. the only problem is it's for the piston version, and the ford courier. rotory trucks have a one of a kind pad...

       
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nwaco


Redlining
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posted November 18, 2002 07:41 PM

Found a Possibility.......

I stumbled accross this website whilst wandering about the web via google. It seems like just the place for someone to try fixing their dash. That is WHAT they do. I do not know about pricing, but it seems like the place to talk to anyway.

http://www.justdashes.com/index_home.htm

What do you guys/gals think?

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rtrypwr


Hauling
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posted November 22, 2002 07:08 PM

one of a kind

i just recieved a brand new in the bag dash pad for my repu,just wondering how many other hard core owner's would have paid $200 for this.

       
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nwaco


Redlining
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posted November 22, 2002 07:44 PM
Edited By: nwaco on 22 Nov 2002 19:45

I would have............... eventually.

It all depended on what is left to do on the restoration. If that was all I had left to do, I would. I just picked up my second 77 a few weeks ago, and it had a perfect dash pad. Not a crack, blister, or mark. It is going in the nice 77. as well as the turn signals. So I don't need one yet, but eventually, I will as I have 4 REPU's and 1 good dash.

Guru, where did you get it?

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rtrypwr


Hauling
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posted November 22, 2002 10:24 PM

dash

a good friend found it for me,while hunting down parts.i had a web site that made headliners for early courier's ( can't find it now.. that's high on my list.do you have any idea how to get pics off the gallery . the digital camera i used sucked . got way better ones now

       
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rtrypwr


Hauling
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posted November 22, 2002 10:56 PM

dash pad

this is a factory pad from mazda that was never put on a truck. i almost hate to put it on .what's the odds of ever finding another one.i'm also still looking into haveing my old one redone.if i come up with anything i'll let everyone know

       
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DPassmore


Hauling
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posted December 24, 2002 11:07 AM
Edited By: admin on 24 Dec 2002 11:11

A bad pic of my dash

Here it is tweed,splatter paint and carbon fiber
The carbon fiber is of a roll of 15" wide tape.

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DPassmore


Hauling
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posted December 24, 2002 11:09 AM

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