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That looks GREAT.

I really like this uniqueness the 1958 T-Birds have.



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I just took the dash out of my 59 today. It was not nearly as difficult as I feared because of the good information I got from this post and the tech guide.

My 59 is an earlier model so the dash is like your 58. I have an uphostery guy supposed to put it on for me, but since I took the dash out myself, I am halfway thinking of putting the dash on myself also.

I bought the white dash and I was going to paint it dark blue to match the original, but now I am thinking of leaving it white and painting the console and door trim panels white also. I think that might look good with the blue seats. Still trying to decide.
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LOTS of foam has to be cut away in order for the two metal pieces to lie flat against the foam. I used an exacto knife and nerves of steel.

A phillips screwdriver worked good for digging the foam out of the "ears" at the outside ends (You have to scrape out the "pocket").

I would say it took me 4 hours just to fit the pad to the frame. But if I did it again, I bet I could do it in 2 hours. The second side went way faster than the first.

It's hard to describe this stuff online. I shouldve taken more pictures. Anyone who wants to call me and talk about it can send me a PM.

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There have been a few other times when I've worked on stuff where the "point of no return" was passed and there was no chance for a "do over". Now that was nerve-racking. In this case, if I botched it, I just had to buy another dashpad!!

I think it's important to know that when fitting the currently-available reproduction dash pads to a '58 frame, it is, in my opinion, pretty much impossible to get the front "groove" to line up with the windshield defrost trim pieces. I had another solid half-inch to go, and there is no way I could see where that was gonna happen.

So if anyone out there is paying a upholsterer for this service, dont be surprised if they cant get it perfect either.
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I bought the white dash and I was going to paint it dark blue to match the original, but now I am thinking of leaving it white and painting the console and door trim panels white also. I think that might look good with the blue seats. Still trying to decide.
I have a white dash pad in my '59 and I wish it was a different colour due to glare from sunlight. I assume you live in California which has similar weather to Perth in Western Australia where I live. Anyway just some food for thought for you.
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Default Mission Impossible: Repro dash pad install on a '58 dash frame

To get around the sun glare on your dash pad, some have put down a black (or other color) cover that fits in place on top of the dash. They are available out there. When not driving, you can just take it off and put it away.
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Hey Bill,
That vinyl can be dyed!
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That vinyl can be dyed!
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Thanks Richard, the ENTIRE interior is white except for the carpet. I have toyed with idea of dying it royal blue and putting highlights in the seats like the same colour piping and blue part panels in the doors, but like a lot of things just havent got around to it yet!

We dont have access to dash pads over here in Oz Ray, and I actually dont like them anyway. I will dress it up oneday...soon as I get some spare time!
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What do you dye it with?
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