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Old Oct 20th, 09, 8:14 PM
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Does anyone know where I can go to see photos of an exactly correct dash restoration of a 71 SS? I keep seeing these repops with the silver painted bezels and original dashes that have been restored that do not look the same as I remember mine looking years ago. I just can't seem to find a photo of a 100 percent correct restoration to go by. Anybody have any ideas of where I can go to see one?
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Scott Minus the seat belt warning light, yours should look like mine.

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Thanks Joseph, that is what I was looking for. I keep seeing these dashes with the turn signal circles with silver trim on them, and didn't think they were supposed to have the chrome or silver accent on them....I see yours does not, as I suspected. Was the original accent trim all done with chrome plating, or was some of it silver too?
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Thanks Joseph, that is what I was looking for. I keep seeing these dashes with the turn signal circles with silver trim on them, and didn't think they were supposed to have the chrome or silver accent on them....I see yours does not, as I suspected. Was the original accent trim all done with chrome plating, or was some of it silver too?
Scott,

The entire carrier was vacuum plated and then painted. Nowadays, you can expect to pay around $700 to have a '70-'72 dash carrier replated. As you have observed, one of the biggest mistakes guys make is to paint the turn signal/brake light/high beam bezels silver.
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The photo Joseph attached above looks 100% correct as I remember in regards to the accent trim locations. The silver paint looks very good, but I was just wanting to look more original if I could without actually dropping the $800.00 to have it vacuum plated. I have been trying to find some more information on the use of the chrome foil sheets modelers use to get a more original look, but that information seems to be few and far between. I have some of it from the hobby store, but it looks like it will be very hard to use. I may just have to play around with it on something else to see if I can get good enough with it before I actually try it on my dash.
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The aftermarket dash has the turn signal indicators accented in silver.
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Old Oct 21st, 09, 10:54 PM
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Joe- Great lookin' dash and love that white interior!
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I don't understand why the manufactures of the reproduction dashes keep adding the silver around the smaller openings either.

I found this photo of an LS6 dash that was restored by a restoration shop in Georgia. From what I've seen, it looks like they do excellent work. The finished project was very nice.



I've seen Monte Carlo and Chevelle dashes that appear to have chrome around the bezels and what appears to be a lighter mist of chrome plating on the back of the dash. It wasn't like the chrome plating on radio knobs, but it didn't look like silver paint either.
A friend bought a repo dash a couple of years ago and it actually had tape around the gauges. Some of the tape started peeling off so he removed it and had his painted silver.
I wouldn't think it would have been possible for them to have chromed the entire dash, masked off the areas they wanted left chrome and then repainted all the black. It's a mystery.
You would have thought the instrument portion of the dash would have been separate from the rest of the dash.
Someone needs to make a cover similar to what the Monte Carlos had, only with the camera case texture. It could help save a lot of dashes destroyed by jigsaw wielding hackers.
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I don't understand why the manufactures of the reproduction dashes keep adding the silver around the smaller openings either.

I found this photo of an LS6 dash that was restored by a restoration shop in Georgia. From what I've seen, it looks like they do excellent work. The finished project was very nice.



I've seen Monte Carlo and Chevelle dashes that appear to have chrome around the bezels and what appears to be a lighter mist of chrome plating on the back of the dash. It wasn't like the chrome plating on radio knobs, but it didn't look like silver paint either.
A friend bought a repo dash a couple of years ago and it actually had tape around the gauges. Some of the tape started peeling off so he removed it and had his painted silver.
I wouldn't think it would have been possible for them to have chromed the entire dash, masked off the areas they wanted left chrome and then repainted all the black. It's a mystery.
You would have thought the instrument portion of the dash would have been separate from the rest of the dash.
Someone needs to make a cover similar to what the Monte Carlos had, only with the camera case texture. It could help save a lot of dashes destroyed by jigsaw wielding hackers.
Wrong. The entire carrier was vacuum plated. My original is testimony to that. Not only was it possible then, it still is now. Just be prepared to spend big bucks to have it done. With '70-'72 dashes, the biggest issue is the physical size (length). I've been led to believe that not a lot of companies that do vacuum plating have chambers big enough to accommodate.

But I agree with you about the painting. Seems like a convoluted way to get it done. But, when you consider all of the manufacturing techniques that were used on various parts in the car, I guess The General had it down pat - especially when you consider many GM brands/models were done that way.

As for the reproduction dashes from Dynacorn, a word of advise: The silver tape that is used to accent the bezels will fail and start flaking off in a year or two. Best advise is to peel off the tape and paint the bezels silver before attaching components and installing the carrier. You'll have to paint the washer/wiper and lighter lettering anyway. If you insist on leaving the tape on, the rings around the turn signal, brake light, and high beam bezels can be peeled off to look correct.
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It would be interesting to see the process. How do the get the black to stick to the chrome? I know they do it and the finished product looks fantastic. Probably better than when done 40 years ago.
We had a dash out of a 72 GMC Sprint that had no chrome/silver on it anywhere. The entire dash was black. It didn't appear to have been repainted front or back.
A friend of mine has an original dash in his Chevelle and it looks to be chromed. Not as bright as the radio knobs but definitely not painted. There are areas where the black has been worn off and you can see silver behind it. Like behind the radio knobs.
Another thing I wondered about is why would they go to all the trouble to detail the Monte Carlo dashes like the Chevelles when they were going to be covered up anyway.
And what was the purpose of having the holes behind the wood-grain cover? I've seen them with and without the holes. We found a 72 Monte Carlo dash recently and it didn't have the holes in it.
Just curious.
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