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#1 tommy vercetti

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 01:50 AM

Hey guys,
i got this upper dash pad for free, and it is in bad shape.
this is all i come up with after 7 months of this car, so i need to make this right lol
 
what would be your advice to bring in back in an "acceptable" condition?
 
what's keeping the plastic togheter is the fiberglass under the plastic itself.
 
i'm thinking to rebuild what's missing with some kind of filler, place a metallic net (or mesh?) as an air vent, fill up the cracks with some glue, maybe reinforce the fiberglass and put some wrapping on it...i need some kind of opaque wrapping, i don't want any glare on the windshild while driving.
 
what do you think?
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Posted 13 October 2019 - 05:40 AM

They make a thin plastic refurbishment panel to cover the original cracked dash pad. Just glue it on. It's about $100USD.   That's probably the best looking and easiest option.  I purchased a good but thin very short pyle carpet and glued that to mine.  There's always dash covers as well now that you have a solid surface to adhere to.


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 02:59 AM

yeah, i'll try to understand how much for the shipping to italy.



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Posted 14 October 2019 - 03:40 AM

If you want to save the shipping costs of a carpet cover for your dash, either cut one out of a piece of carpet yourself. Or you can have a local shop make it for you. The 1 you get through a local shop should have bound edges and look better than the cut piece of carpet.

 

Or if you can find a local company with a large 3d printer, they could make you a new dash cover made of plastic. That is, if you can piece the old cover together to make a template.



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Posted 18 October 2019 - 02:59 AM

thanks for the help, so far i started working on it by myslef, we'll see.

 

i tought about the 3d printer a few months back, but no one was capable of doing it...so...



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Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:27 PM

Hey guys, I work for a small Oklahoma-based company that sells plastic covers for cracked dashes. They're American made, color matched, lifetime warranted and look almost OEM when installed. $80-$90 For the FireBird. Right now we offer products for GMC, Dodge, Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Pontiac. I was able to get you guys a coupon code too. Use "firebirdnation" at checkout for 10% off. (Delete if not allowed.) dashskin.comAttached File  0205.jpg   303.97KB   0 downloads


If you want to save the shipping costs of a carpet cover for your dash, either cut one out of a piece of carpet yourself. Or you can have a local shop make it for you. The 1 you get through a local shop should have bound edges and look better than the cut piece of carpet.

 

Or if you can find a local company with a large 3d printer, they could make you a new dash cover made of plastic. That is, if you can piece the old cover together to make a template.

Hey guys, I work for a small Oklahoma-based company that sells plastic covers for cracked dashes. They're American made, color matched, lifetime warranted and look almost OEM when installed. $80-$90 For the FireBird. dashskin.com


They make a thin plastic refurbishment panel to cover the original cracked dash pad. Just glue it on. It's about $100USD.   That's probably the best looking and easiest option.  I purchased a good but thin very short pyle carpet and glued that to mine.  There's always dash covers as well now that you have a solid surface to adhere to.


yeah, i'll try to understand how much for the shipping to italy.

We offer international shipping! 



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Posted A week ago

hi guys,

decided to go with the thin cover, which honestly doesn't looke very thin. might even try to remove the dash completely leaving ony this cover.

will keep you updated

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Posted A week ago

hey guys,

in the end the cover was much for thicker than i expected.

 

i made my own rubber supports, removed the original dash and installed the cover only.

looks good to me.

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what do you think?

 

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Posted A week ago

Looks like new Tommy.  Ya, that cover is much thicker than the one my neighbor has.  His was so thin it was delicate.    Did you order from the company that posted in this topic or elsewhere?


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Posted A week ago

no, just got a super good deal on ebay and gave it a try.

i can try to locate it back if anyone is interested.


Edited by tommy vercetti, 6 days ago.


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Posted A week ago

Just curious, how much did it cost to ship something like a dash cover from U.S. to Italy?

 

And your work on the dash cover looks great.



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Posted 5 days ago

i don't remember the exact expenses , but let's say about 75 usd for the dash and 90 usd between shipping and taxes...yeah i know what you think



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Posted 4 days ago

That's not much more than I paid to purchase and ship 2 shirts from London.


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