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Old 11-17-2011, 10:21 PM
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Default Mission Impossible: Repro dash pad install on a '58 dash frame

I can't get the dash pad any closer to the original trim pieces. Like the (awesome) movie "A Bridge Too Far" I cannot get any closer than 1/2" to 3/4" away from the front trim pieces. I guess that is just the way it is. If you have a late '59 or '60 Square, then maybe you'll have better luck.

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Old 11-17-2011, 11:15 PM
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I've done about four of the late '59 and '60 dashes and I don't think I've ever gotten the trim to fit perfectly in the groove. My current '59 is an early one so I will be tackling that soon. Yours looks better than most.
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Default Fitting Dash

The problem with fitting the 60 dash to the 58/59 is you have to remove foam material from the 60 dash pad. No other way to make it fit even close. The base metal frames are different on the 60 as most have found out. The 58/59 dash pad has a molded metal pieces embedded in the front edge of the foam that bolt to the 58 metal frame. The 58/59 pad does not cover the underside of the metal fram as does the 60 style. Fitting the NOS/replacement dash pad to a 58/59 frame is time consuming and requires much patience. Put it together and then take it apart and trim foam and dash pad material.

The metal pieces that fit on the inside of the front edge of the pad are glued to the inside edge and the vinyl pad material wraps up onto the metal attaching pieces. This is why the vinyl material does not cover the underside of the metal dash frame.

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Yeah, I've got the front of the dash pad (around the instrument panel and glove box) fitted properly already; just like the dash on your '58 that you showed me last winter. Those areas look really nice now.

The metal "ears" on the sides are limiting how far forward a person can position the whole pad.

Doing what I have done so far, I have been able to get the dash pad about 1/2" to 3/4" closer to those front trim pieces.
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:51 PM
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I think it looks quite good, and the only way to cover it would be to have the metal part modified or custom made a new piece, so they get bigger and compensate. But I doubt I would care so much as long as the gap is equal.
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the "custom" route I've considered.....

I'm going to stew over it this winter. We'll see what happens....
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How about a pic of the metal frame then, on the front underside??

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taken before I started this little project:



Is this the angle you were looking for?
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Yes sir, but i was talking about your new pad trimmed and mounted on that 1958 metal frame.

Isn't that what you are also doing?

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The finished product. Painted the metal frame earlier today.
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