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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 01, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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I have been told that Ricks 1'st Generation's dashes are better than most others and will bolt in with less hassle than the dashes from other suppliers. Has anyone else had any experience with them? How about Classic Industries dashes? As I live in Southern California, I usually like to deal with them and get my merchandise shipped to me in about a day.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 01, 12:23 PM
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My dash is from National Pats Depot. I've been really pleased with it & don't remember it being a huge pain to install. Sorry, can't comment on the others.
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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 01, 02:52 PM
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The parts houses sell a few manufacturers. I just put in an OER (Original Replacement Equipment) brand in my 69 and it fit like a charm. The only problem was that is was probably 100+ in the garage and 98% humidity. I must have sweat off 10 pounds!

I tried one last year from another manufacturer and it was way off. It was nearly 2 inches short in length and the studs didn't line up correctly. Sorry, I can't remember the name of that one.
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 01, 03:06 PM
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Does the front edge of the OER dash fit nice and flush with the upper dash panel all the way across? Hardly see any these days that aren't wavy with lots of ripples and gaps. I'll probably replace mine this winter, looking for the best quality, not concerned about the price.

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Not concerned about price, send your original to just dashes. Hope I could say that.

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 01, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Silver69 - where did you get the one that fit well from?

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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 01, 06:46 PM
 
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I sell OER brand Dash pads and I have not yet had a complaint!! They fit as good as you can expect for a repro. You have to remember that repro does the best it can to replicate GM but it will never be GM. The OER product overall is great and without it we would all spend SEVERAL thousands more to restore GM parts and possibly look forever to find certain parts. Let me know if you are interested in an OER pad, I am an autorized dealer for Classic IND. and I can save ya a few bucks. We are in California as well and I can have it drop shipped right to ya!


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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 01, 06:55 PM
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Quikchevy, can you e-mail me sometime so i can hook up with you for a 68 dash pad.
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I hated the OEM GM 68 dash pad and returned it after looking at it for about two minutes. It didn't even come with the mounting flange that is above the heater controls and glove box. If you buy one you can count on having extra screws when your done because the repro doesn't include all the same mounting points. Besides the fact it just felt like a piece of rubber. The thing was like gumby. It had no backing whatsoever. I ended up buying a perfect used one. What a difference. I honestly don't even think they tried to copy a GM one after seeing a mint used one compared to a OER GM one. Terrible
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 01, 02:40 AM
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Just Dashes won't work on 1st gen Camaro dashes, I asked them last year.

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I usually have good luck with OER. I purchase most of my goodies from Classic Industries in CA. They have a great catalog by the way.
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 01, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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How about the Year One dash pads? They cost a good $50 over the OER repros, has anyone tried them? Are they worth the money?

Everything from Year One is expensive!

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Has anyone built themself a custom dash with new gauges, if so have any pictures?

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post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 01, 02:20 PM
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Just Dashes can do '67 and '68 dash pads. Do a search on this topic with Just Dashes as the search term.

I tried the OER one and was very dissapointed.

I will be sending mine to Just Dashes. They quoted me a price of $330 to do the work but they use your original dash.

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What's unique about 69? It would be great if they did that year, too.

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