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Old 10-25-2017, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Michael Benno View Post
My goal is to have a dash without seams.
Curious why this is a goal at all? My biggest pet peeve with my 78 is trying to keep it original without seams. These original early dashes were vacuum formed & every attempt to duplicate the process (especially with cork) has yielded results which are less than desirable.

I wish the 78 dashes had seams from the factory so I could easily duplicate the original look at a much higher quality.

Personally a seamless dash looks cheap, a key part in high end cars is the quality of the stitch work on interior pieces. Honda's have seamless dashes, Aston Martin's do not.

All that aside, if the interior is black that makes things much, much easier on all fronts though.


However....if that is the goal, the closest I've seen is similar to superock above, where the only seams are noticeable when the doors are open. This is a cork dash from Rob Budd which is most likely what I'll be doing in my 78 since trying to go seamless will cause compromises elsewhere:









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Old 10-25-2017, 02:28 PM
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William A had a seamless dash re-done for his Minerva blue '78 by Just Dashes. It turned out fine anatomically, but it took months desipte a great deal of gentle reminding, and the color and pattern match isn't perfect by any stretch. If I was doing a '78, I'd do exactly what Hacker is doing- the Budd solution is the best bet, using the repro cork vinyl, which is for all intents a perfect match to the original.

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Old 10-25-2017, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Hacker-Pschorr View Post
Curious why this is a goal at all?

I wish the 78 dashes had seams from the factory so I could easily duplicate the original look at a much higher quality.
My goal with going seamless is I wanted to preserve the stock look. However, you bring up some very good points about seems and quality. This is definitively something to consider when I bring my dash into the upholstery guy tomorrow.

Thanks for the insight
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Old 10-26-2017, 05:57 PM
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Just met with my local interior restoration guy, he did acknowledge that wrapping without seams on the ends would be very difficult.

He liked the prep work I did and uses the same procedure to remove the molded plastic dashes.

I left the dash with him to recover. So in a few weeks/months I'll have a new dash.

Thanks for all your help and support. I'll share photos when its all done.
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I posted an update on recovering in a new thread: https://rennlist.com/forums/928-foru...l#post14757817
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