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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Dec 26th, 17, 3:53 PM Thread Starter
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67 Chevelle dash bezel

I was hoping to use the original plastic dashboard trim after it was vacuum chromed. Iím not sure this is going to happen now. All the chrome has worn to yellow but looked solid.

My radio bezel is in great shape. The dash had the original radio so the bezel and the dash were never modified for a new style radio. As I was removing the bezel above the glove box, one of the mounting pins sheared off. Itís already missing one. Can the pin that must sheared off be fused back onto the bezel?

How good are the reproduction bezels? I plan on enjoying my Chevelle by driving her and entering her in a few shows a year. How does the reproduction match up in looks (fit & finish) and will it hold up?

Iím unsure how much it will cost to vacuum chrome both items and if the missing and broken pins can be repaired.

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Re: 67 Chevelle dash bezel

My opinion the new reproduction pieces look way too chrome like/shiny/jeweled looking. Mine has been touched up prior to us owning in 20 years ago, and the surrounding edges are all painted sliver. I actually prefer that to the reproduction pieces, and if I got all new, I would do the same thing.
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My opinion the new reproduction pieces look way too chrome like/shiny/jeweled looking.
Iím going to need to purchase a reproduction upper bezel, the one that contains the ignition switch, light switch, lighter, and wiper switch. My original has two pins missing and Iíve yet to try and remove it!

If the reproduction ones look to chrome, I suppose I run the same risk having the original pieces vacuum chromes, although the place Iím using specializes in restoring items like this. Iíd hope they know how itís supposed to look. But there is the question of being able to repair the pins.

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Re: 67 Chevelle dash bezel

I guess on a SS with the crinkle black upper bezel, the chrome is more of an accent, and would look great. I mainly don't like the reproduction parts around the radio and above the glovebox.
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Re: 67 Chevelle dash bezel

The reproduction bezels are only available in the black SS trim (last time I looked) and not the wood grain of the non SS models. The two are not interchangeable due to the switch locations being different.
My dash was not in good shape when I picked the car up. Thankfully the wood grain and dash pad were in excellent condition. I purchased reproduction parts for all of the rest, had some red lacquer with a flattening agent mixed for the stock dash color and everything looks really good in my opinion.

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The reproduction bezels are only available in the black SS trim (last time I looked) and not the wood grain of the non SS models. The two are not interchangeable due to the switch locations being different.
All the chrome is missing off the black ďswitch stripĒ. Itís also missing two pins so It has to be replaced. Guess Iím lucky I have an SS!

Iíve seen NOS radio bezels for sale but never a glove box bezel. My only option is vacuum chrome both pieces or replace both with reproduction. Iím guessing thatís what the majority has done in similar situations?

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Re: 67 Chevelle dash bezel

Just to clarify. The bezels from original SS cars & from original Malibu cars are almost completely different pieces. The SS strips are chromed plated plastic. The Malibu versions are two pieces, an aluminum bezel with a thin steel insert with a woodgrain applique.

The way the knobs are attached to the bezels are a bit different as well. The SS strips have the bezels molded into the strip. The Malibu strips have individual bezels for each knob. They are actually more substantial than the SS version.

I've posted a write up previously about converting a Malibu strip into an SS strip. All it takes is some time & a can of wrinkle finish black paint. I'll try to find the old thread.

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Here's the original thread...

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I had a decal company overlay a black tape stripe on my wood grain one. Didn't remove the wood grain one so it has a texture to it...

The reproduction black ones don't come with the center a/c vent provision. Looks like you have a non a/c car, so this would be for future reference for others...
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Re: 67 Chevelle dash bezel

I knew there were differences in switch installations, but never knew that the actual black/woodgrain top pieces were made differently.
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My opinion the new reproduction pieces look way too chrome like/shiny/jeweled looking. Mine has been touched up prior to us owning in 20 years ago, and the surrounding edges are all painted sliver. I actually prefer that to the reproduction pieces, and if I got all new, I would do the same thing.
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I took a real close look at your picture of your radio bezel. I do like that two tone look. While all the chrome is off my radio bezel, the black pinstripe is still there. Just like yours. Does anyone know if the reproduction pieces have that pinstripe/ black outline? The back side of the bezel is very shiny. I owned a one owner 67 Malibu back in the early 80ís but I really cant remember how the dash looked nor do I have pictures of the dash.

So, out of everyone out there with a 67, what did you do for your radio and above the glove box bezel?

Has anyone ever re attached a broken mounting pin? If so, what did you use?

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I knew there were differences in switch installations, but never knew that the actual black/woodgrain top pieces were made differently.
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Just to clarify, the top strip switch LOCATION on '67 Malibu and SS is the same. But '67 locations are different than '66.

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Does anyone know if the reproduction pieces have that pinstripe/ black outline?
Yes, the repros have the black trim.
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I took a real close look at your picture of your radio bezel. I do like that two tone look. While all the chrome is off my radio bezel, the black pinstripe is still there. Just like yours. Does anyone know if the reproduction pieces have that pinstripe/ black outline? The back side of the bezel is very shiny. I owned a one owner 67 Malibu back in the early 80ís but I really cant remember how the dash looked nor do I have pictures of the dash.

So, out of everyone out there with a 67, what did you do for your radio and above the glove box bezel?

Has anyone ever re attached a broken mounting pin? If so, what did you use?

Joe
Thanks, as for the black stripe, for a while non had it, they were all 66 style I think, but I see them with stripe and groove patter of 67 now as well. Also I have heard that the reproduction ones do not line up as well, but I don't know first hand.
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Any broken pins can be fixed with jbweld.

Don't be afraid to put it on there and then sand it off.

Drill some small holes in pieces you're trying to repair and shove the JB in there.
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Re: 67 Chevelle dash bezel

I used a reproduction radio bezel and while slightly off, it does line up pretty well with the piece above the glove box. I modified mine extensively so I could fit in a modern radio using a metal facia that I designed and had a friend cut on his water jet machine. Looks good and works even better.
From looking at my car, the 67 bezels have the horizontal ribs and black pinstripes while the 66's are more flat and don't match aesthetically with the surrounding trim.
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