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Dashpad, 1971 Mach 1
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Has anything noticed a substantial difference between an original OEM dashpad for 1971 Mach 1 and the new, aftermarket units produced today? Wondering if I should pay big bucks for a used OEM unit or $130.00 for a repop. Thanks for any feedback.

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Tim: Restoring 71-73 Ponies, Restoring People
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Wrench 
Hello Ponypastor,

I am always skeptical about reproduction parts since most of the ones I have used lately do not always fit correctly. There are some who use the Ford Original tooling that would be more appealing and would fit better. Here is one vendor that is making the dashes from original tooling.

http://www.dashesdirect.com

http://www.dashesdirect.com/index.php

Possible vendor to purchase from

http://www.mustangdepot.com/OnLineCatalo...h_pads.htm

I have one of the original tooled dash pads. I have not installed it yet. It is nice though. I hope this helps.

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ponypastor;106768 Wrote:Has anything noticed a substantial difference between an original OEM dashpad for 1971 Mach 1 and the new, aftermarket units produced today? Wondering if I should pay big bucks for a used OEM unit or $130.00 for a repop. Thanks for any feedback.
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I put a aftermarket pad with the original Ford tooling on mine and it looks good, although compared to an OEM pad you can tell the difference.

What I would like to find is that long plastic finishing strip that fits behind the pad where it screws onto the front metal part of the dash. Mine was so brittle it came apart when I tried to reuse it. It doesn't have that finished look without it.

Jim

Jim

M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear
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The ones that Don sell are pretty nice now
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#5
I think the dashes direct repro is better than the one they call OE Tooling that is 200.00 +
I stock the dashes direct repro 129.95
I can order in the OE tooling one if you want it
Don

Ohio Mustang Supply
440-949-2556

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Thank You OMS for providing this information.
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Don,
how much for the OEM tooling Med Blue dash pad?
I'm going to need one this spring, and I'm shopping around for the best price.

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Thank you to all who contributed to my query re dashpads. Sounds like the new pads--from the right sources--fairly satisfy most owners. That is good to know. Am about to start on a substantial project and know I will need a new pad for the Mach 1.

Jim: Interesting that you mentioned the plastic piece that fits between the two dash pieces.

I met with the man today for lunch who is arguably the most knowledgeable guy in the county for 71=73 Mustangs. In all of his years of restoration/repair of Mustangs, he told me that he has never seen that plastic piece as part of the restoration. For what it is worth, neither have I.

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Tim: Restoring 71-73 Ponies, Restoring People
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Anyone find a cheap dashpad? Mine is shot. I don't want to spend more then 100 if possible. Probably dreaming.
Thanks
1973 Mustang Grandé
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I HAD MINE RECOVERED FOR 50 BUCKS LOOKS GREAT
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