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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 00, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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How good are the available repro dash pads for the 69 model? (remember, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all)

My dash pad isn't cracked, but the fiberboard back has warped slightly and the clips will no longer hold it against the metal dash. The clips rattle constantly. Should I just live with it?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 00, 03:18 PM
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 00, 06:16 PM
 
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Is there a nice way to describe the poor quality dash pads we all recieved?

if it helps its not one dealer who gets this bad stuff its all of them....

if you can't stand the rattling I will, just send that pad up here..
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Clill, good one. That says it all without saying a word.
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Try removing the clips completly. As I am not quite finished with my dash I have all the clips removed, as well as the nuts under the dash are still off. The only thing holding the pad on is the screws on the front and ends. No rattles and keeps the dash together for driving when I am not working on the dash! If the clips are not holding it to the metal is shouldn't look any different without them...

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Thanks for the info (or lack of it!). I repainted the dash last year and had the pad off. When the fiberboard warped, it split the holes the clips go into, so now they don't fit well. I may remove it again and try to epoxy or glue the cracks in the fiberboard.

That really sucks that no one has tried make a good repro. Doesn't anyone understand that a real car guy will buy that expensive dash pad before he pays the monthly bills (ha, ha). Seriously, I would pay double the current price for a good repro. Although I have no cracks in my pad, the Texas heat has not been kind to it.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 00, 07:41 PM
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I bought mine from Classic last year and it fits and looks good. If you used theirs, maybe they had a supplier change.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 00, 08:44 PM
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Look in Jan. 2000 Hemmings Motor News. There is a NOS GM '69 Black dashpad for $380. I think that's a good deal especially when a repro. for my '69 Ford Crewcab 4x4 costs $400+.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 00, 06:28 AM
 
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My purchase of a repro dash pad for my '69 Z/28 was also less quality than I expected. Fortunately, the vendor from which I purchased the poor product gave me no problems in returning it. I was having the entire interior redone, so this piece was needed badly. The upholstery shop that I had taken my car to offered to re-create my original dash pad, and do it in the same leather that the interior was done in. It turned out better than I could have hoped for, and it was only about $50 more than the repro dash pad. So if you live in SoCal and are in need a new dash pad, go see E.J. at Custom Auto Upholstery in Bloomington.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 00, 11:41 AM
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I also have a dash pad from Classic on my '69. Fits fine and looks good. Only problem was that one of the mounting points for the clips was molded in backwards so the clip wouldn't attach. But it didn't seem to affect the fit when I left the clip out so I didn't sweat it.

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