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Old 01-31-2014, 10:37 AM
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I've got the dashpad installed on my '58. Slowly but surely putting things back together. I was getting ready to mount the Hood Release Handle. Since I did not have a good example to start with, I want to make sure I leave a good example for the next owner.

Right now, the dashpad comes under the dash frame and covers the mounting holes for the Hood Release.

Do I leave that part of the dashpad there and punch holes in it to mount the handle and hold the dashpad in place in that area?

If I do, does that effect the mounting of the valance to the console and by the driver side door?

I would appreciate any insight that anyone may have who has done this before.

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Old 01-31-2014, 11:12 AM
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Leonard, have you taken a look at the several entries in the TRL on replacing the dash pad? Perhaps the answer to your question might be contained in one of those. One of them was by Alexander, and there are several others. If you find the answer to your question, please let us know what it is. Thanks, and good luck!
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Leonard,

Yes, you should leave the pad at the bottom of the dash and punch holes for the hood release bracket. I don't remember having to cut that part of the pad to mount the lower dash surround.

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'58 and early '59 dashes were different than the later 59s and 60s. Quite a bit of the reproduction dash pads are trimmed away on the '58s. See how there is no dash pad material that runs in behind the instrument panel or the glove box door. (it is clearly visible if you look just to the right of the clock.)
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Here's another pic. The one side has been trimmed and fitted to the C-shaped metal piece already. That piece has threaded rods on it which are then used to hold the dash pad to the metal dash frame. I didnt have these pieces when I got my car, and the dash pad was new, but wasnt installed properly. I was able to get the "c" shaped metal mounting pieces from partsetal on this site. Should you choose to work on the living room floor like I did, I recommend doing it when the wife is gone for the weekend!
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Trim the foam backing away with an exacto knife, then fold over and glue to the metal strip
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