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Interior dashboard removal step by step....
#11
That's a great breakdown. Thank you

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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#12
Thanks for the great tips 72HCODE!

Since I am just refinishing the original pieces I won't have to prep the holes.
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#13
(01-02-2011, 09:42 AM)f117rt Wrote: Thanks for the great tips 72HCODE!

Since I am just refinishing the original pieces I won't have to prep the holes.

Hi f117rt, how have you refinished the originals, would be interested to know what you've done - If I had the time and resources, I'd have prefered to refinish original pieces (rechrome, paint etc...) than go out and buy inferior repro parts....
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#14
If it was like what I did the first time 5 years ago i used semi black paint and a chrome paint marker for the chrome stripe, lol.

The reproduction deluxe dash boards came out about 1 1/2 years ago and only became mainstream about 1 year ago, they started with the late 72/73 panels that had the seat belt warning lights, later on the 71 early 72 panels without the seat belt light came out.

The drivers panel and the passenger panel were first.

About 6 months later the glove box panel finally came out.
Then within the last 8 months the center panel with wood grain or camera case were released.


So the reproduction dash boards are pretty new, don at Ohio was the first to really have them.

Also the clock surround for the floor console also came out.

I would recommend getting them if you can afford it and want the original look.

About 5 years ago I looked into getting my dash rechromed , it's called vacuum chroming.

For a small Batch the cost was over 1000$ other systems for laying real chrome on plastic were more expensive. I checked with mr. G also he specialized in refurbishing oem chrome panels, he was also expensive and required a good core panel to exchange.

At the time my panels had holes in them and mr G refused to sell me replacements.

So I was forced to get soso panels from a junkyard that I stripped and repainted.
When the repros came out it was a god sent.

Basically there is no way to truly replicate chrome even alcad 2 chrome paint sprayed with a air brush does not Match the original coating, and it is less durable.

If you go for a custom dash color the worn originals are a perfect start point.

Spray the panels black and do a body color accent line where the chrome was and it can look awesome and save money
The reproduction panels I would not call them inferior, just not original.
The exterior is a perfect match, the mounts are just slightly different but you do not need to modify them for use just take extra care when getting them ready for install.

The fit and finish I found very good I did have to clean up the edge on the passenger side a little but nothing major, as far as durability they are just as good as original panels.
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#15
(01-02-2011, 02:08 PM)72HCODE Wrote: Spray the panels black and do a body color accent line where the chrome was and it can look awesome and save money.

I was just stressing over seeing how much the vacuum chroming process was and was having trouble deciding what to do. I saw a picture of an interior with no trim contrast whatsoever (they painted all of the panels just black) and it was hideous (IMHO... but some people like that look and that's fine).

Thanks 72HCODE for helping me make what could've been an expensive decision.


Eric

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#16
Wasn't there a post on here about using aluminum tape for the "chrome" trim?

That sounded like a reasonable solution.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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(01-02-2011, 01:35 PM)baz70 Wrote:
(01-02-2011, 09:42 AM)f117rt Wrote: Thanks for the great tips 72HCODE!

Since I am just refinishing the original pieces I won't have to prep the holes.

Hi f117rt, how have you refinished the originals, would be interested to know what you've done - If I had the time and resources, I'd have prefered to refinish original pieces (rechrome, paint etc...) than go out and buy inferior repro parts....

Check out my thread at:
http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-dash-paint?page=2

Scott Drake makes an exact match Black metalic laquer, L-4464, for our dashes and you can see in the picture it came out fine. I used the Aluminum tape also shown in the pictures. No, it's not chrome but it's the closest your going to get to it. This is the way it will stay for whaile while I use my sources for other more inportant things like a Paint Job!
Good luck!

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#18
This was a TREMENDOUS help. I am restoring the interior on my 73 Vert and was looking for something this in-depth. I will take lots of pics and try to keep notes to help others as well.

Mustang Bob
Burbank, CA

'73 Mustang "Q" Code Convertible
'68 Pontiac GTO
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#19
mustangbob;10871 Wrote:This was a TREMENDOUS help. I am restoring the interior on my 73 Vert and was looking for something this in-depth. I will take lots of pics and try to keep notes to help others as well.

Yes, please do. I'm heading in that direction with my 73 vert as well.

Doc

Doc

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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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#20
Hi
72HCODE wrote;
73 dash tops have extra screws under the windshield that must be removed to allow the dash top to be removed.

Can anyone tell me the lokation of those?

br Olav
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