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goodeye

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68 dashpad
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:42:17 AM »
My research for a decent reproduction dashpad for a 68 Camaro is pretty bleak. Just about everyone says they are all junk but of the junkie ones, the OER vinyl is the best. I ordered one of those and as soon as I opened the box I knew it too was junk. The box says 'Original Quality" "Original Appearance". Absolutely false! Not even close. OER should be ashamed to put their name on a repop item of that terrible quality. It's going back to Jegs, I'll find another solution.

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Re: 68 dashpad
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2017, 01:38:29 AM »
If you have your original send it to Al Knock Interiors to be restored as they do a great job. Their reproductions that I reviewed a few years ago looked excellent compared to the original grain.
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Re: 68 dashpad
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2017, 01:50:51 AM »
I have the original. I'll check into that..

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Re: 68 dashpad
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 04:52:09 AM »
Chick - do you have any idea at Knox's what they charge to recover an original one if it is in reasonably decent shape and if there are cracks in the original vinyl do they just strip it off use whatever original padding is there or do they go right down to the metal frame and build from there with all new materials?

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Re: 68 dashpad
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2017, 10:43:27 AM »
They did mine about 4 years ago and it cost right around $200+shipping. The padding was shot so I think it was stripped and built with new dense foam.
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Re: 68 dashpad
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2017, 06:28:51 PM »
John how long did it take for Al to restore your dash pad?
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Re: 68 dashpad
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2017, 08:20:56 PM »
Wasn't very long at all. I was on a major time crunch at the time and after the pad I got from HBC was the wrong color I needed mine done in a jiffy! From the time I shipped it to the time I had it back was about 2 weeks. You can call them for a lead time.
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Re: 68 dashpad
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2017, 01:06:23 AM »
Cousin had his 68 Z done at a place called Just Dashes out in Van Nuys Ca. a few years ago, looks top notch !  Seemed like it was 250-300$ rang at the time . About 15 years ago Ricks offered 2 pads and one was pretty nice but at the time availability kept slipping out into the future and I waited about 8 months or so to get one but never got to install it as the x got the car in the divorce ! Butternut yellow 68 rs !
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Re: 68 dashpad
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2017, 11:32:35 AM »
Knoch did a 67 pad for me last year and it took them two times to get it right, but they did finally nail it. They can recover you original metal core or provide you with their plastic core. I had them replace the original speed nut studs with threaded studs. They will not do so if not asked.

Just Dashes must have improved their manufacturing if their pads look as good as Knock's. The Just Dashes pads I've seen were very bloated and easily spotted. I'd have to see their latest work before I dropped any coin on one.