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Ok I had this dash that was given to me after I installed a dash I sold to K-Ryan that I restored. I will be taking pictures as I go along if you like to see and do yourself. I bought this cap from The El Camino Store $130.00 shipped and got it in a week. If you have the dash with the outer speakers they were only $119.00 shipped. This is the best price out there and it almost fit perfect but almost doesn't count so here we go.

This dash will probably listed for auction on E-bay to the highest bidder when I'm done. I'm not sure if I'm going to dye it or not.

First the sides need shaving to get the cap to sit down correctly then some shaving around the openings will be needed.







First fitting not bad.







Instruments fit.





Glove box looks like no shaving this time.




I will be doing some more fitting tomorrow and will take pictures of the progress.:bigups::bigups:

 

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Can you post a pic of the dash before the cap? Just curious how much prep you have to put in it to start fitting the cap.
 

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Can you post a pic of the dash before the cap? Just curious how much prep you have to put in it to start fitting the cap. quote]

Oh yea I just started the cap hasn't been glued on. I have more prep work to do_Once I'm done and the gauges are installed and probably a head unit this will be a $700.00 + dash.[/

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The sides need shaving for the cap to fit right.









 

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This is great Robert. Thanks for posting. I've got one to do myself.
I did a little more work but my cameras batteries are dead so I will post pictures later.
 

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Ok I shaved the sides a little more and around the stereo opening and now the cap contours to the dash with no high sides so the outside frame of the cap fits perfect where the glove box and other openings are.








Once the cap is glued then the other stuff will line up.

Here's a test fit.:bigups:








I will take pictures of how I glue and clamp the cap to get a good fit.

If you don't get the cap to sit flat all the red areas wont line up or sit straight and that throws everything off so nothing lines up correctly. That's when you hear someone say theirs is o.k. but doesn't fit like they say it will in the advertisement. Nothing aftermarket fits without fabrication.



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Lookin' good, Robert! :bigups:
 

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Other than what you have already shaved on the dash, have you ever encountered other areas of the dash that sometimes needs to be shaved for a proper fit?

And that looks great so far!
 

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Other than what you have already shaved on the dash, have you ever encountered other areas of the dash that sometimes needs to be shaved for a proper fit?

And that looks great so far!
That's about it. Last one I did I had to shave one corner of the glove box but I think that was my fault not getting a perfect fit. We will see today when I glue down the cap. Don't use the glue they supply you want the 3-M black adhesive. I will post pictures of everything.:bigups:
 

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Looks mighty nice !! Has anyone tried the covers from this company in Reno ? I have talked to this guy twice and he is full of knowledge and when i sent him a contact he "called" me back super quickly ! WP:You_Rock:
 

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You glue around the edges and openings not everywhere or the cap can't expand when hot or contract when cold causing cracking over time.

3M Black Super Weatherstrip And Gasket Adhesive

:hail: #08008 NOTHING ELSE!!!!!




Clamp everywhere you can so the glue can contact both pieces.









After drying I will go around the cap and any place not stuck down I will put some more glue and clamp it down again till all edges are glued completely down.
 

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Needed more glue.





 

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We're getting there need to paint the center vents and a couple of other things.

Almost ready for auction.:cool4:



I'll probably put a head unit and lighter in that will fill the holes so it doesn't look incomplete and more sellable.



Not bolted in yet.



I have a better cover for just the headlight switch no wiper cutout.

 

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Looks mighty nice !! Has anyone tried the covers from this company in Reno ? I have talked to this guy twice and he is full of knowledge and when i sent him a contact he "called" me back super quickly ! WP:You_Rock:
Thanks

I hope this helps other members to fix theirs without paying the high price of having someone else doing it.:rockon:

If this one sells like the last one I'm going to be doing a lot more and can have the dash cap sent out already dyed the color the person wants.
 

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Have you dyed any of the caps to a light color? If so did you like the color when done? I am curious if it starting out black makes it any harder to get it to the lighter colors.

By the way that looks great!
 

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Have you dyed any of the caps to a light color? If so did you like the color when done? I am curious if it starting out black makes it any harder to get it to the lighter colors.

By the way that looks great!

I did this one it was blue no problem and it came out nice. You can buy them already dyed the original El Camino colors I think for $25.00 more.



I did the door panels and all the trim.





 

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