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Old 07-21-2008, 08:48 PM
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As far as the dash is concerned, may as well do leather because you cannot have a factory vinyl dash re-made. And you can't buy one. The best you can do is re-cover in leather or vinyl. Pods are the same way.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:16 PM
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Just Dashes will do a formed vinyl dash, but I don't know why anyone would want one. http://www.justdashes.com/Products.htm
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by bd0nalds0n View Post
Just Dashes will do a formed vinyl dash, but I don't know why anyone would want one. http://www.justdashes.com/Products.htm
I have seen one of those just dashes units and it looked like a big puffy balloon .... not impressive. Didn't fit. One might want an original vinyl dash if one wanted to match one's other vinyl interior parts, or if one wanted to concours, without re-doing the entire interior in sewn leather or vinyl.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:22 PM
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I'm surprised that vinyl is so popular on here. I figured I'd be the only one that did it, it's a rare occasion when we actually have the option to be frugal with these cars. Anyways here's a picture of my seats and my pod torn up right now. Yes the car is a mess. I know
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:27 PM
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Whats it run to redo the pod and dash and who would you recommend on a budget?
How about a source for seats, center console.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:36 PM
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Paul Champagne on a non budget without a doubt. On a budget find some one local that does good work. The biggest way to cut cost is vinyl instead of leather. Figure out what your wallet can support and whether you need a nice daily driver or a show car. That way your not disappointed with the result. Jason
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:39 AM
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I ordered a new vinyl dash from the dealer a few years back (not something I would do again) , a year later I had Just Dashes rebuild spare pod. The pod came back with a perfect match to the new dash in grain pattern and color and has held up well in the hot Florida sun. The under lying material is superior to factory piece in every way and I expect it to last without problems or cracking.

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Old 07-22-2008, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by ARCFLEMING View Post
I ordered a new vinyl dash from the dealer a few years back (not something I would do again) , a year later I had Just Dashes rebuild spare pod. The pod came back with a perfect match to the new dash in grain pattern and color and has held up well in the hot Florida sun. The under lying material is superior to factory piece in every way and I expect it to last without problems or cracking.

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what did it cost?
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:04 AM
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I'm looking for the receipt (this was a few years ago), I think it was about $400.00 for the pod?

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400 for the pod in vinyl?
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:44 AM
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Price a new one (If you can even get one or are willing to wait ) from the dealer. If the leather/ sewing skills of some of the vendors /owners on the list at this time were available back then I certainly would have these components in leather, I resigned myself to getting the dash /pod in an original configuration.
I don't know what kind of company Just Dashes is these days I have not seen any recent work, but my pod was an exact match .

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Old 07-22-2008, 01:09 PM
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Its rare that I get a request from any 928 owner for vinyl. I've done maybe four 928 dashes in vinyl and about 87 leather ones. Two, maybe three sets of vinyl 928 seats and about 59 leather ones.
No one has even requested a full vinyl interior. I've done a number of full leather interiors though.
I've done a dozen or so 944 dashes and about eight 911 in vinyl. That's about a quarter of the total.

What most 928 owners mention when ordering is
Look and feel of new leather
Smell of new leather
Resale value
Care and maintenance.


Most Porsche owners regardless of model usually go with the same color that came in the car. Very few request a contrast stitch color or contrasting inserts. Overall I guess we are a pretty conservative bunch.

BTW check out Spencer Haynes 928 in the September issue of Excellence. I did that interior with a different color and contrast stitching.
There's a link to the article in the center of this page
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:56 PM
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I have only received one request for vinyl, which I declined. It's not a matter of being elitist. It is simply a matter of choice and personal taste.
I started this venture because I find fine leather as being an excellent medium for expression.
When done right, few things will equal the feeling of class and quality that a finely tailored piece of leather exudes.

For me, it's all in the details, and although I do use Alcantara here and there, fine leather remains, by far, my favorite.



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Old 07-22-2008, 03:32 PM
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My opinion is this. If you are going to go through all of the trouble of removing, repairing and reinstalling your interior, go with the best materials you can. The time it takes to remaove and reinstall is the same no matter if its vinyl, leather or alcantara. The labor to have it stitched is going to run about the same across the board. The difference comes in the material costs. A difference of less than $1,000 if you are talking about your whole interior vinyl vs leather. I say wait a little longer, save a little more and do it right. The smell of a leather interior is really nice. My turbo car still smells like leather and is in great shape. I am redoing my widebody in alcantara instead of the leather and vinyl combo it had. I just redid some interior bits in my 84 with vinyl but I am selling that car.

I will say this. No matter which material you choose, a new interior will make you feel alot better about the car. If you like leather but cannot afford full leather, try using select pieces where you will feel it most. Like the steering wheel and shifter boot. Those are the bits you interact with the most.
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:36 PM
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Paul,

I sent you a PM about doing a set of Pascha sport seats for me.

Leather rules, it feels good, it smells good, and it tastes good,...oh uhhh, don't try to eat it y'all.

FACT: BEER TASTE BETTER WHILE SITTING ON LEATHER.
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