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#4114746 - 07/09/21 09:48 AM Dash Cap Install
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 2558
Loc: Cleveland, OH
Got a cracked dash? Tired of looking at it?

Yeah, me too. So let's do something about it.

Solution 1: Vinyl repair kit. Will cover the crack, and you may get a color match, but the remaining vinyl will be 30-40 years old and it's gonna crack again. They just do. Plus that speaker grille looks pretty much impossible.

Solution 2: Cover it up. Dash covers are available from Accu-Form (more on that name in a minute) thru carpart.com for a reasonable price. Black only, so you'll probably want to paint it. I used SEM Shadow Blue, since I have a Shadow Blue interior.

According to carpart's "ask a question" service, they don't have speaker grilles. But they do. Three, to be exact.



Once you unpack the giant box, you'll see the cover has a fairly accurate grain, as well as speaker grilles. The one with an Autolamp cutout was 50 bucks cheaper than the one without, go figure. But I think I know why.

Once you test-fit the cap, you'll see that about half of one hole for the sensor actually lines up. So your lights will be on all the time, unless remedial action is taken. So let's take some.



Take the dash pad out of the car, and plonk the cover down in its place, test Autolamp function. In my case, it works. So:



With the sensor hole suitably embiggened, the sensor will work. Yes they put a sticker right where they needed to drill.

Now, about those speaker grilles:



Yeah, they're about 2 inches outboard of where they should be. But as they're only midranges, the misplaced grilles will pass enough sound to be okay.

Of course, I went into this thinking there were no grilles, so I'd ordered some from Amazon. And since I paid for 'em I'm gonna use 'em, dammit.

The ABS of the cap cuts easily so the grilles went in with little drama. Still offset, as I wanted to cover the "non-existent" grilles.

Clamped the cover to the pad and drilled holes in the defroster vents and on the ends for the screws. Don't just glue it on in the car, or you'll never get the pad off when your dash lights need replacing or you have to dick with the ATC sensor. Then I hit it with the Shadow Blue:



It's a pretty good match, but not a perfect match.

There's a semi-noticeable gap where the ends wrap over:



You might use a heat gun to make this fit better. I chickened out. It'll be okay.

Now the paint is drying.

I knocked all the crumbly bits out of the openings on the pad, and I'll hit it with acetone to give the glue a good shot at sticking, then it has to dry overnite before I load it back into the car.

Updates coming.
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#4114780 - 07/09/21 03:06 PM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 2558
Loc: Cleveland, OH
Glue is drying:


Paint seems to get darker the longer it sits. Should be ready for install tomorrow.
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1988 CVLX Formal Roof (Love Boat) POTM July 2019 & Aug 2020, 56K
E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.

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#4114830 - 07/09/21 09:33 PM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 2558
Loc: Cleveland, OH
Or what the hell, maybe tonight.



Just a matter of wrestling it back in, and not dropping screws down the defroster.

That harmless little lip? Yeah, trim that if you want the glove box to open.



The color match isn't perfect, but it's better in real life than in the pics. And even if it's not, it's better than cracks.
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E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.

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#4115002 - 07/12/21 09:22 AM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
ClaySmith Offline
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Registered: 10/24/13
Posts: 65
Loc: GA
Great info, I just put one in from Coverlay.
The color was slightly off but I was not sure what kind of paint would hold up the best, what kind did you use?

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#4115006 - 07/12/21 11:07 AM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 2558
Loc: Cleveland, OH
I used SEM Color Coat, found it at the local Eastwood. Seems to be getting darker the longer it sits. Seems to bond with the surface, as the tape didn't pull any of it off. I used acetone for surface prep.

For anyone contemplating this, I should mention that the adhesive stinks to high heaven. I mean it just reeks. But that will fade eventually.
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1988 CVLX Formal Roof (Love Boat) POTM July 2019 & Aug 2020, 56K
E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.

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#4115012 - 07/12/21 01:45 PM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
ClaySmith Offline
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Registered: 10/24/13
Posts: 65
Loc: GA
Thanks, Ill give that a shot

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#4115024 - 07/12/21 05:10 PM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
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Registered: 12/17/00
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Loc: London, Ontario Canada
Not too shabby. =-)
I'm trying to find a picture of my '89 mgm dash, I don't remember the speaker grilles being that close to the heater vents. Probably wrong about that, but thats why I'm looking for a pic of it.
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#4115180 - 07/14/21 07:27 AM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

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Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 2558
Loc: Cleveland, OH
Could be they moved 'em for '89, but it seems like an unnecessary change.

I liked the cover so much they sent me another one. This one's headed back, since I only need one.



If it fits, it ships.
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1988 CVLX Formal Roof (Love Boat) POTM July 2019 & Aug 2020, 56K
E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.

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#4116068 - 07/23/21 04:59 PM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
Bluwaggo Offline
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Registered: 10/07/18
Posts: 151
Loc: NC
Many, many thanks for sharing!
We went back and forth on the dash cap and ultimately decided to fill the cracks with urethane and then got some dark blue marine vinyl. We cleaned the whole thing with alcohol, then fit and cut and glued with Super 77, which was a lot of work...only for the glue to not actually work and now we're approximately where we started.
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#4116192 - 07/25/21 07:40 AM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
a_d_a_m Offline

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Registered: 10/25/05
Posts: 27907
Loc: Cleveland, OH
Looks good, Stu.
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#4116842 - 07/31/21 03:00 PM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
Blackcr0w Offline
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Registered: 12/15/15
Posts: 27
Loc: California, USA
I was looking to do the same thing. Actually bought one but I really didn't like the look of mine. I looked into a product called Flock it. It requires a lot of work to make it look good but just seen it on a friend's car really looks good.
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#4116864 - 07/31/21 09:16 PM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 2558
Loc: Cleveland, OH
I've seen that, and it does look good, if you start out with a clean dash. Not sure how good the color match would be, though. I've only seen it in black.
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1988 CVLX Formal Roof (Love Boat) POTM July 2019 & Aug 2020, 56K
E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.

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#4117184 - 08/04/21 01:21 PM Re: Dash Cap Install [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
Blackcr0w Offline
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Registered: 12/15/15
Posts: 27
Loc: California, USA
Yeah it only come in these black satin finish that I've seen
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