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Old 10/28/2005, 07:28 AM   #1
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Correct dash pad or not

Im in the prosses of restoring my HCS and ordered a dash pad from Laurl mountain mustang. It was made by Dashes Direct. The guy really screwed up and said it was in stock when it wasn't. He said there was two kinds of dashes on that used the ford tooling and one made by Highway. I paid for the Ford tooling one and now that ihave it Im not so sure its the right one. Are the dashes design smooth or more pronounced?
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Old 10/28/2005, 08:37 AM   #2
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Re:Correct dash pad or not

The non-Ford tooling dashes are heavily grained. I think the Ford tooling dashes should not be smooth but should have a little grain to them. Almost like leather.
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Old 10/28/2005, 09:15 AM   #3
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The pad is not smooth, but has texture. I have my car here at the office if I can take a pic for you or if you need something. Please let me know.

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Old 10/28/2005, 03:58 PM   #4
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Re:Correct dash pad or not

So how can Dashes Direct call their dash pads Ford tooling if they dont look like the original.
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Old 10/28/2005, 06:09 PM   #5
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Re:Correct dash pad or not

I ordered mine from Mustangs Unlimited. Here is the description of it from the MU web site.

PAD,DASH 67/68 AQUA
Aqua Dash Pad for 1967-1968 Mustang.

Has your dash cracked or turned dry and blackend with the years? This great reproduction dash pad fits as original for a rejuvenated look. Dash grain is more pronounced than original to reduce windshield reflection.

I went the cheap route but I expected the pad to be heavily grained. Is it possible you were shipped the wrong pad? I'll try to take a picture of grain on mine and post it. If yours looks like mine it sounds like you have a legitimate gripe with the supplier.
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Old 10/28/2005, 06:50 PM   #6
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Re:Correct dash pad or not

Here is a picture of my new dash pad. As I hope you can see the grain is quite pronounced.

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Old 10/28/2005, 06:54 PM   #7
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Re:Correct dash pad or not

I do not think the Ford tooling is available for the 67-68 dash pad. Just Dashes uses original tooling for the 65, 66, and some later dash pads, but not the 67-68 pad.

I have a Just Dashes pad in my car and the pad seems stiffer and the grain more pronounced than the original dash. It is what is available...
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Old 10/28/2005, 07:08 PM   #8
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[quote author=6t8-390gt link=board=1;threadid=2317;start=0#msg16063 date=1130550887]
I do not think the Ford tooling is available for the 67-68 dash pad. Just Dashes uses original tooling for the 65, 66, and some later dash pads, but not the 67-68 pad.

I have a Just Dashes pad in my car and the pad seems stiffer and the grain more pronounced than the original dash. It is what is available...
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I agree. It seems to have a higher plastic content while the original seems to have more rubber in it. The new ones are supposed to keep their shape better and not sag.
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Old 10/28/2005, 07:16 PM   #9
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Re:Correct dash pad or not

Just checked a few Mustang supplier web sties and found that Dashes Direct has Ford tooling for every year except 67 and 68. They have 65-66, 69-70, 71-73.

They're all jealous of our cars! It's a conspiracy!!!
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Old 10/29/2005, 05:22 AM   #10
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Re:Correct dash pad or not

also, DD has in one of their ads that the Ford Tooling for 67/8 are coming sometime soon. I have bought one of the current DD dashes and they are NOT like the originals. The grain is deeper.
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Old 10/29/2005, 07:35 AM   #11
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[quote author=jbsteven link=board=1;threadid=2317;start=0#msg16069 date=1130588540]
also, DD has in one of their ads that the Ford Tooling for 67/8 are coming sometime soon. I have bought one of the current DD dashes and they are NOT like the originals. The grain is deeper.
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Jason, my project for today is painting the dash and installing the dash pad. Any words of advice?
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Old 10/29/2005, 08:12 AM   #12
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I have not painted a DD dash yet but when I bought mine it seemed very "slick". I would highly suggest using a bunch of vinyl prep before painting. they might even have some suggestions on how to prepare before painting. 3-4 thin coats should be good.

pictures when completed?

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Old 10/31/2005, 07:58 AM   #13
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Re:Correct dash pad or not

Arlie

Do you think that painting the dash pad will work?? To me, it seems like the dash pad would have to much flex, to much direct sun, to be painted?? I could be wrong. What color are you painting over and with what color??

Have you thought about buying a new one??

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Old 10/31/2005, 08:56 AM   #14
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Re:Correct dash pad or not

I was going to repaint mine also but a fellow mustanger talked me out of it. He said that they are hard to paint especially if Armol was used. I cleaned and cleaned using vinyl prep and I still got fish eyes maybe I used the wrong prep but any way I got a new one.
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Old 10/31/2005, 10:08 AM   #15
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.....painting the DASH and installing the dash pad. I need to paint the dash before I can install the dash pad over it. I'm not painting the dash pad.
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