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I just pulled the old dash pad of my 67. It was faded and I thought I would replace it. I have checked a few sights and prices range from $130 to $189 with Ricks being the highest, Ground up was $139. Any suggestions on which way I should go? Price is not a big issue I just want good quality.

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Go to just Dashes and have them redo your old one if price is not an issue and quality is. Aftermarket ones just don't do it for me. Just dashes will get about $300.00 to do the work but it's worth every penny. They did my Chevelle, I don't think I will ever buy an aftermarket dash again, the fit and quality suck if ask me.

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Just Dashes Web page
 

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Thanks for the tip. I went to the website and sent them a request. I will see what comes back. I would still be interested if anyone else has had any success with aftermarkets.
 

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Major problem with aftermarkets are the pillar post trims. They will be hard to install because the pad material to thick. It's to think of a trim piece like this as a close tollerance fit but they are or have been in my experiance with aftermarket dash pads for Camaros and Chevelles.

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hold some aftermarket dash pads with one hand in the center of the pad. The real cheap ones will droop. They do this because the main body portion is made of plastic. When you bolt one of these in they also have a tendancy to have a warped look arcoss the dash because the plastic gets pulled down where the bolts are. They to loosen them up and the gap is too big. Have also seen them warp from heat. Recomendation, just stay away and have just dashes do it. Or buy one of those $30.00 dash caps on e-bay. I would buy one of those before getting an entire aftermarket dash pad. I used a dash cap one time. Did not look great (could see a little seem from the fron and sides) but it looked better than an aftermarket.
 

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A number of years ago (10 or so) I had a heck of time getting 67 Pillar post moldings on an aftermarket dash pad. Took me while to figure it out. Installed old cracked dash pad and they would go on no problem. Put the repro back on and they would not go on!! :mad:

Finally scribed a line where they went, took a high speed and sanded down the pad in that area. They went right on :confused: .

Had the same problem with a Chevelle. I was extremely glad to discover Just Dashes and/or good used pads! :D

They might be making them differently now but i still do the droop test on them when I see vendors selling new pads at shows etc.

One thing for sure is this. Even a bad repro is better than nothing at all or a 70 Chevelle pad that is all cracked to bits...........now that looks really bad
some times you just gotta deal with it if you can't afford the Just Dashes treatment. They are expensive. This is the one item I would save my nickels and dimes for, you have to look at it more than most anything else on the car. It right there in front of you every time you drive it.

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yes it's expensive but think about how much a good uncracked/broken up original will cost you or N.O.S piece if you could ever find one. Plus they all run the risk of cracking. From an aftermarket stand point you would have to pay about $150.00 for a poor quality repro. In the long run the extra $250.00 will be some of the best money spent on your car.

Don't be in a rush look around at some cars repro dashes in them. You can tell on most of them they are repro and not original. My opinion, spend the extra. If you don't have it save up for it.

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I was given a name by my local mechanic that dash specialists do a nice job. Anyone heard of them? I was quoted $400 for color dash w/4 week turnaround. In the meantime, I purchased some vinyl from the local fabric store and stuck that on to accomodate my decision making. Doesn't look half bad the only poor part was the corners. But should do for awhile.
 

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Here ya go MrG !!

E-bay 67 Dash pad

Good luck bidding. Might want to asj some questions first about it. Ask if it has been re-dyed or if it has any cracks at all anyplace on it.
I have found that if they aint cracked after 30 years they most likely will not crack. Then again I don't let someone hold on to the dash pad when I am taken care of business eiather.
 
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