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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 00, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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I have tried to have my old dash pad recovered,should not have waisted my time. Now I have found that CARS INC in Detroit have some in stock for 169.00,my question is these pads are made by classic industries has anyone used them and have you had any problems with fit. Thanks Garry.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 00, 02:40 PM
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Garry, I bought one about 8 years ago and it fit fine just be careful when you bolt it down not to over tighten it and draw it down to tight!
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 00, 07:45 PM
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What year dash pads are you guys talking about?
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 00, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry Rick it is a 68 Camaro
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 00, 08:12 PM
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Garry,

You may want to do a site search on your topic. It has come up several times in the past. In short, I have one of these repro pads and spent the better part of a day to make it fit right. I'm looking for a reasonable used one with the chrome so I can have Just Dashes rework it. This part ranks in my top 3 of most unfavorable repro items.

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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 00, 01:55 AM
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CarlC,

I contacted Just Dashes to redo my 69 dash. I was told that they do not do Camaro dashes.
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 00, 05:36 AM
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Ugh! That stinks. I hadn't checked with them but ASSummed they did. Did they give a reason for not doing one of the most popular dash pads in the world?

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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 00, 07:42 AM
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Have you guys tried http://www.dashtops.com/index.cfm

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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 00, 12:08 PM
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Carl,

Just Dashes only does parts that were covered in vinyl. For example - 70 to 81 Camaro and Firebird dashes and consoles. The consoles are made of fiberboard. Vinyl is heated, formed to the proper shape, and then glued down to the fiberboard form. When you need to restore, simply strip off the old vinyl and apply the new (you need a big expensive vacuum machine to do it right and Just Dashes usess them).

Our dashes on the other hand, are made of some type of molded foam glued to a stiff fiberboard backing. There is no vinyl covering.

I understand it costs about $650 to have a 70-81 Firebird dash restored by Just Dashes. Even if they could do our dashes, it would be cheaper to find an NOS or good used one.

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 00, 02:02 PM
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O.K. For the record Just Dashes DOES recover 1968 camaro dashes. I just dropped off my dash pad for recovering. They not only recover it but replace and reshape the foam padding below the vinal covering. It costs $280 for this process. However after hearing the numerous posts about how "well" the aftermarket re-pops fit and discussing with CarlC about how much fun it was to install an aftermarket pad, I gladly chose to plunk down the extra $100 to have a pad that will actually fit right back in. I am anxious to get it back, I'm sure it will turn out great. while at Just Dashes I got a chance to see and touch some "before" and "after" dash pads. I have to say the quality was first rate. I will post my results when I get the pad back.
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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 00, 01:56 PM
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Correction:

My turn to AAAAAAHHHHHH! I just read their e-mail to me. Just Dashes does do camaros, but it does not do the 1969 model year.
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 00, 06:48 PM
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Things are looking up for my '68 afterall!! I will have no problems spending $280 for something that fits and looks like it's supposed to. Ohhhhhhhhh Yeah !!! Mine has 1 crack right in the middle of it. Thanks for the info.
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post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 00, 07:13 PM
 
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Silver 69
Did they say why they don't do '69? Just wondering because I have a '69.
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 00, 02:55 AM
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No reason was given. I remember reading that the backing was changed in 1969 to fiberglass. This material warped in the heat and the pads pulled away from the backing. Maybe they don't do the 69's because of these problems or just working with the old backing is a problem when restoring the dash pad. Just a guess.
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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 00, 03:37 PM
 
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RESTORE A DASH PAD FOR $10!! I VISITED AN UPOLSTERY SHOP AND LEARNED HOW TO RESTORE A PAD CHEAP. I TOOK MY 68 PAD AND BONDO-ED THE CRACKS AND SANDED SMOOTH. I WENT TO AN UPOLSTERY SHOP AND GOT A YARD OF MADRID BLACK VINYL FOR $7 AND A SMALL BOTTLE OF CONTACT CEMENT FOR $3. HEAT UP THE VINYL WITH A HAIR DRYER THEN APPLY THE CONTACT CEMENT TO BOTH SIDES. WORK THE VINYL WITH THE HAIR DRYER ON THE EDGES. IT LOOKS GREAT. I HAVE SINCE DONE 3. THE CAMARO GUY, BRUCE
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