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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 06, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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68 repop dashpad quality problem

Tonight I tried to install a new repop dashpad that I bought about five years ago.This darn thing is a major disappointment.Several of the studs are not the correct length or in the correct location.The vinyl looks gathered and pressed where the pad is curved.I have spent a couple hours grinding and drilling the dash frame and I still am not happy with the way it fits.Is this typical and to be expected?I wouldn't mind cutting my losses and getting a different one if someone has recently intalled one of better quality and would tell me where they got it.

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Re: 68 repop dashpad quality problem

Welcome to repro world. Your worst nightmare..
I'd look for a good used one. I'd start with Ebay and then contact used Chevelle parts dealers. It shouldn't be difficult finding a good one.


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Re: 68 repop dashpad quality problem

thanks Bill,

Mine needs to be blue so I may have a hard time finding a nice one.I was curious if anyone else has installed a repro recently and could comment on the quality.Maybe some other source of new could be better that what I have?

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Re: 68 repop dashpad quality problem

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You can try a different vender, but my guess is they all come from one manufacturer. So where you buy it wouldn't make any difference. You could also find a good used one and dye it. I've never dyed one, but I've seen several pads dyed different colors and they look fine.


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Re: 68 repop dashpad quality problem

I"ve run into this problem before... couple of tricks that may or may not work... the studs on the back that don't line up correctly... cut off & reepoxy them into the right spots .. it allso helps to let the pad sit in sun warmed area to make it more supple,,, if all of above don't work ... theres always buying another one stock oem & sending it out to be recovered ... best wish's & keep telling your self its only a car part... while trying your best not to fling it across the rooom !!!

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