dash tops - any theories

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dash tops - any theories

Postby jpsmit » Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:25 am

As I am trying to get rocking and rolling with the GT I have a cracked dashtop to contend with. What have others done to repair/ restore theirs?

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Re: dash tops - any theories

Postby jpsmit » Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:08 pm

Well I went to my local auto upholstery guy to enquire after contact cement and made an executive decision that sometimes your wallet is your best tool. I am really happy I did. A conversation determined that leather was the way to go, so without further ado:

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A leather seam was added so not exactly accurate but I think it actually updates it tastefully.
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Postby droopsnoot » Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:05 pm

That looks very nice.

There's quite a bit of interest over here because a trim company has recently purchased a vacuum-forming machine which can be used to re-cover dashes. They haven't got it operational yet, and of course for you the cost of carriage alone would make it much more expensive. A cover with a seam appears to be a decent enough compromise as I doubt it would be possible to stretch the material by hand far enough to cover properly.
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Re: dash tops - any theories

Postby jpsmit » Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:01 am

exactly - I actually looked into whether I could even create my own vacuum setup and decided it was too much like work. Likewise there is just dashes in the USA but they are well over $1000 USD - this was less than 1/2 that.
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Re: dash tops - any theories

Postby Colin » Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:28 pm

What an excellent job.

The tailored seam might even be a rare genuine improvement to an original interior trim design.

Proper craftsmanship. :)
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Re: dash tops - any theories

Postby droopsnoot » Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:01 pm

Yes, I quite like that seam, you do see them on some quite top-end vehicles and it's a lot better than trying to form it around a corner in a single piece.
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