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2wankel


Hauling
Posts: 133
posted February 11, 2008 09:06 PM

Dashpad rebuilt

My REPU dash rebuild...

I bought a 1975 Mazda REPU and it is in pretty good shape, but the dash is another story. It look like one of those draughts in africa with massive cracks, well, see for yourself...







I also went to a local upholstery shop and the guy said no way I should get a used one. So I went around posting for a used dashpad and was successful in finding some, but they were out of my price range. I just cant see myself paying for a part that is a third or more than what I bought the REPU for.

So I put my brain in full gear, most of the time it feels like its in reverse, but I came up with this idea. Actually this idea is great stuff, no really.



This idea is probably not revolutionary, but hey I can try and if it works people can do it as well.
I carefully took a dull knife and removed the old vinyl...







I took great stuff and sprayed the dashpad. This stuff is very hard to work with maybe someone knows if there is a better product out there or maybe I just have too much time on my hands







I then took a knife and sliced the excess stuff off and sanded it down...












The consistency when I press down on the old foam vs. the new foam is almost the same.

I still need to hit it one more time, but its not to shabby. Hopefully the dash will be straight and I can have it recovered.

Thanks for looking,



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tpfister88


Revvin Up
Posts: 62
posted February 12, 2008 01:27 PM

Dude thats a great idea !!
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2wankel


Hauling
Posts: 133
posted February 12, 2008 07:49 PM

quote:
Dude thats a great idea !!


Thanks I appreciate it.

I already put a second cote of great stuff on, but I haven't sanded it down. We'll see if I have time next week to finish up. I would love to complete at least one project on my truck, sheesh. :-)


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Klaus44


Redlining
Posts: 365
posted February 12, 2008 08:23 PM

That's almost worth...

...building a pseudo-mold box around the metal dash piece, and filling with all-new foam after removing the old stuff, then cutting down, sanding and shaping... (!)

Just so happens I had a can of that stuff sitting around for years... now I think I know what I'll use it for. Thanks for the great idea!

       
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Hunter


Hauling
Posts: 172
posted February 13, 2008 04:56 AM

dash repair

very interestin'
curious to see how ya make out.
I think you might be onto something ...
Have a url for your Vintage Club ?
Bruce Toski

       
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2wankel


Hauling
Posts: 133
posted February 14, 2008 08:17 AM

quote:
very interestin'
curious to see how ya make out.
I think you might be onto something ...
Have a url for your Vintage Club ?
Bruce Toski


thanks,

The website is not up yet, hopefully by the beginning of next month. I'll post it up once it goes online.

ken
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top1usa


Redlining
Posts: 264
posted June 13, 2011 07:23 PM

quote:
My REPU dash rebuild...

I bought a 1975 Mazda REPU and it is in pretty good shape, but the dash is another story. It look like one of those draughts in africa with massive cracks, well, see for yourself...







I also went to a local upholstery shop and the guy said no way I should get a used one. So I went around posting for a used dashpad and was successful in finding some, but they were out of my price range. I just cant see myself paying for a part that is a third or more than what I bought the REPU for.

So I put my brain in full gear, most of the time it feels like its in reverse, but I came up with this idea. Actually this idea is great stuff, no really.



This idea is probably not revolutionary, but hey I can try and if it works people can do it as well.
I carefully took a dull knife and removed the old vinyl...







I took great stuff and sprayed the dashpad. This stuff is very hard to work with maybe someone knows if there is a better product out there or maybe I just have too much time on my hands







I then took a knife and sliced the excess stuff off and sanded it down...












The consistency when I press down on the old foam vs. the new foam is almost the same.

I still need to hit it one more time, but its not to shabby. Hopefully the dash will be straight and I can have it recovered.

Thanks for looking,







This is a great idea! I'm going to give it a try.....

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mattraver


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posted June 13, 2011 10:45 PM

best thing iv seen all year

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Slinky


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posted March 17, 2013 07:02 AM

anyone know if this worked out? My dash pad isn't really bad, but i will need to repair it probably this winter

       
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top1usa


Redlining
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posted March 24, 2013 10:14 AM

Will give it a try...

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anyone know if this worked out? My dash pad isn't really bad, but i will need to repair it probably this winter


I will give it a try in few week....let you know how it went!

       
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