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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 16th, 19, 4:03 PM Thread Starter
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68 chevelle dash repair

Has anybody used the dash repair panels for the 68-69Chevelle? I am trying to install one to repair the rust in my windshield channel on my 68 300 2door post. I had to cut off quite a bit of the panel as it looks like this also fits 70 to 72 chevelle applications. I originally intended to butt weld my existing dash panel to it but the repair panel is almost twice as thick as the original dash sheet metal. As thin as the dash sheet metal is I’m sure it will be difficult to get a decent weld without burning through. I’m thinking of using panel bond but have never used it. I have about 3/4” of material to overlap. I’m not sure if this is adequate for a bond. Any advice or tips are appreciated.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old May 16th, 19, 6:47 PM
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Re: 68 chevelle dash repair

Are you talking about repairing the rusted out area at the base of the windshield that is in this pix?

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Yes. This is what I started with. I have already replaced the upper cowl panel. Now working on installing the dash repair panel
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Re: 68 chevelle dash repair

68Maliblue,

On my '68 El Camino there were rusted out areas both in the front of the top of the dash and the top of the cowl under the windshield. The front of the dash was by far the worst. I bought a front windshield repair panel. My body guy looked at it and advised that installing that panel was going to be more work than repairing the top of the cowl and replacing the dash. So we replaced the dash and welded in some patches to the top of the cowl.

Good luck with your project.

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Thanks for the input Greg P. How did that new dash fit? Did your glovebox door fit ok?
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Thanks for the input Greg P. How did that new dash fit? Did your glovebox door fit ok?
No issues installing the new dash. Glove box door fit just fine.

As you know, the VIN plate for the '68 is pop riveted to the dash. In my opinion, if you replace the dash it is essential that when you re-rivet the VIN plate to the new dash that you use OEM style rosette rivets. While the rivets cannot be seen with the lower windshield trim in place, if there is ever a question as to if your Chevelle has the the correct VIN, you need to use the correct rosette rivets.

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I bit the bullet and bought the 68 chevelle dash assembly from Dynacorn I have to say this is one of the best fitting reproduction panels I have dealt with. The glovebox fits better and has better gaps than the oem panel. Definitely worth the extra $$$ as it’s a very easy install.
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Re: 68 chevelle dash repair

I have the same issue with my 69. I hate the "universal" repair panel that I purchased to fit 68-72. I would rather put whole dash in or cut out part of a new entire dash to get a better fit but they dont have whole dash for 69. I know they use the same dash pad so I am wondering if the front part is the same on 68 & 69 from the cowl to the dash pad.
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