Dash cover

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rodo
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Your car is a: 1982 Spider

Dash cover

Postby rodo » Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:46 pm

I just discovered these on ebay. Seems an interesting alternative to the hard plastic covers and the pricey new dashes. Anyone had experience with them?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/352079375021?it ... m=&vxp=mtr

(If the link does not work, search FIAT 124 spider leather dash and you'll find it.)

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KevAndAndi
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Your car is a: 1981 Fiat Spider 2000
Location: Chatham, NJ

Re: Dash cover

Postby KevAndAndi » Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:46 pm

Very interesting.

The only possible issue is that putting it over an original dash that is cracked and in bad shape may provide an unsatisfactory result.
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rodo
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Your car is a: 1982 Spider

Re: Dash cover

Postby rodo » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:20 pm

I agree, KevandAndi.

My own plan was to recover my dash in four-way stretch vinyl. I broke/scrapped/ripped off all the old dried up bits of the vinyl on the dash, got it down to foam, then used filler-foam to fill in the tears, smooth it out. Great plan...only vinyl is a pain to heat up, stretch, push, and glue in. (Local interior guy said, "just pay the $600 for a new dash as at the end of what you are trying to do, you'll wish you'd spent it.") So, as this leather is already roughly fitted for the ins-and-outs of the dash, it should be (should) easier to fit. Er...right?

PhillySpider
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Your car is a: 1980 Spider 2000
Location: New Hope, PA

Re: Dash cover

Postby PhillySpider » Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:16 am

"stretched, glued and trimmed" goes a long way...could just be a rectangular piece of leather. Scary...


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