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critics please !!! test fit today !!!

Post by wyoming89 » Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:06 am

my dash is pretty much done please look at my photo's before and after, i have at least 20 hours in to this project,
i would appreciate some feedback, i hope i did well in the t-type brothers eyes,

i am gonna just post links cause i want you to see the big picture, feel free to tell me what i did wrong.


before .... pics i am embarassed to show
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb12 ... P_1497.jpg

this shows how shrunk it was
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb12 ... P_1507.jpg

finished indoor pic looks dark
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb12 ... e_0027.jpg

outdoors it looks 10 shades lighter
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb12 ... e_0025.jpg

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb12 ... e_0024.jpg

in person this turned out just amazing not a single part of the dash was still glued on, i have had this car since it was pretty much new and i am real proud of how i have revived her, maybe i need a new camera because the pics just dont do my work justice. thanks for looking guys
please give me some feedback, or i may pull a steve x and bail :dunno:

i will post pics of it in the car tomorrow if i am still posting
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Re: critics please

Post by Z-type » Thu Jun 26, 2008 1:47 am

That's very very good work there good buddy. I am thoroughly impressed. The dash is a pet peeve of almost all of us on the board, and more and more we're starting to revive the ones we have instead of throwing them out and you're really proving that it's entirely possible. Very impressive. Now get a sun shield!! I made myself get one when I refinished my dash and it's worth the trouble trying to finagle that thing in there to save the dash.
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Re: critics please

Post by Alibi » Thu Jun 26, 2008 1:58 am

Very nice work 8-)

It didn't look too warped from the first shot but the second showed... what, about a half an inch of shrinking? Hmm... if you put 20 hours into it to get it back to looking new, I wonder what it would take to get a really warped dash back to looking new. I've had a couple really bad ones that I've just trashed but in the future I may save them if they aren't too warped.
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Re: critics please

Post by wyoming89 » Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:52 am

it still had clips on it in the pic but it just needs some finish work. just to make sure everything stays
car goes in the garage from now on it is now my toy not a driver.

it was well over one inch off in spots warpped so bad the defroster vent touched the windshild , i took lots of pics, the before pic was just after i took it out of the car and over night evreything curled up and shrunk, what a mess it was,

i am gonna put it in the car for a photo in the morning, it looks like factory new right now, i need a better camera.
i am still drooling over how hot it looks,
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Re: critics please

Post by wyoming89 » Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:57 am

i found a grey one and a blue one in buffalo 58 miles from here i may pick them up too, to see if i can do a better job,
this car is gonna be show quality 3 years or less i only put 65 miles on it this year, 82,983 miles on her and thats nice.

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Re: critics please

Post by Tricked-T » Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:05 am

I did mine when I first got it (the silver T) it is still pretty wavy in most spots and it bugs the hell out of me. I would love to see a Wiki of this if you could or maybe a more thorough description of how you did it. Because when I did mine i just fixed the bottom edge that flips up, and the back where you have your clips (mine was starting to lift) but it is still wavy around the vent on top of the dash and the top front edges.

Hard to tell in this shot but you can kinda see it:

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I may just find a better dash and fix it and paint it if needed. dunno...

What paint did you use again because it looks like a damn good match.


By the way great job it looks great!

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Re: critics please

Post by wyoming89 » Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:07 pm

i used duplicolor vynil and fabric coating duplicolor charcoal grey code #HVP111

i got it at the local oriely auto parts store.

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Re: critics please

Post by wyoming89 » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:16 pm

a little tidbit here, to make sure defrost vent fits
when glueing down the back area and sides, make sure to get the dash nice and warm and then put the defrost vent in and strecth and tweak as needed, an old defrost vent comes in quite handy to help as a spreader and clamp in place to help maintain the correct fit,

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Re: critics please ( test fit today)

Post by wyoming89 » Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:36 pm

put the dash in the car, found a couple spots around the defrost vent tha need a little more glue and clamping, and a couple spots that i need to clean off a touch of glue across the bottom,
it is gonna look good but is still far from what a new one would look like,
but i am most pleased that the defroster vent now fits and snaps in like it was designed, i am just reglueing a spot or two to clean up a little wave along the defroster edge if ya know what i mean

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Re: critics please !!! test fit today !!!

Post by Tbird » Sun Jun 29, 2008 4:05 pm

Great looking work. Patience and persistence is what is needed for our T's! :P
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Re: critics please !!! test fit today !!!

Post by wyoming89 » Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:46 pm

here it is in the car, i need to do just above the gauges a little bit and it will be nice. i will have to do this some other day

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb12 ... e_0051.jpg

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