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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 16th, 17, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Dash Cap question

Hello all I have a 1981 Z28 Camaro im in the process of restoring the car & the original dash has the typical cracks from age & the sun. my question is has anyone scene or installed a Dash Cap overlay over the old dash? And if so how did it turn out? They have reproduction dash pads but they start around $550. I don't want it to look cheap & ugly

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old May 17th, 17, 03:59 AM
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Re: Dash Cap question

Welcome , Bert, to the Club.
I would imagine of one has enough patience, an overlay would work.
But, remember, an overlay looks like an overlay.
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Re: Dash Cap question

I rewired a 2nd gen for a friend that had a dash cap installed. Looked terrible.

I removed it and installed a new dash.
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Re: Dash Cap question

I would check with Just Dashes to see how much it would cost to have them restore the original. That way, you know it will fit.

I had a 76 Camaro that had the typical curling along the edges where the vinyl overlay shrank from the heat. I cut the curled edges off and installed a plastic dash overlay. After clamping and gluing it, and painting it, it looked passable, but the fit was not nearly as good as an original, and I have to wonder how long it lasted once it was exposed to a lot of heat. This was done back in the late 80's, and I no longer have the car. Only had it for a few years after that, and it was in the garage all the time.

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