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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 3rd, 99, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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I need to repair the radio tuner side of my dash in a '69. The hole has been broken out and I need to repair it. Eastwood lists a plastic repair kit that supposedly allows you to form new parts. It says it will not work on polypropylene or polyethylene. Does anyone know how to tell what the plastic dash is made of? If you have ideas on repairing this hole to original dimensions, I would appreciate hearing from you.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 3rd, 99, 02:04 PM
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I have done similar plastic dash repairs using JB Weld.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 4th, 99, 05:43 AM
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Most plastic in cars are made of ABS and another type I can't remember. It doesen't matter because poly type plastics are kinda slick, like nylon or teflon which aren't in your car. Have you thought of using a donor dash and splicing in a new radio mount section? I did it on a 69 console and turn out pretty good.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 4th, 99, 06:31 AM
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BUD, Along the same lines as JB Weld, hobby shops carry a plastic bondo like putty for models. I can't recall the product name though. I would bet the Eastwood stuff is about the same.

Hey 1st & 2nd GENGuy, How sandable was the JB Weld?

69-er, your idea is probably the best if you can find doner parts. I looked around and a busted up console was $100.00 bucks and a dash with the radio section cut up was $95.00 at a local salvage yard. Too much for my pocket! At least for something to cut up.



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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 99, 05:56 AM
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Yeah, that is a lot for a busted part. I was able to buy a wrecked Camaro from a friend about 10 years ago and was able to use the worst of the parts as donor parts to rebuild the console, etc.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 99, 06:12 AM
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JB Weld is sandable but let it thoroughly dry first. I trim it with a sharp blade while still soft (but not gooy). Be careful that you do not crack/break other parts of the dash while sanding!! Clean the glue areas well (use plastic cleaner, SEM makes it in quart cans).

The other thing you may want to try is similar parts from other junk dashes (i.e. not in demand), they are cheaper (may even be given away).
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