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    Unhappy 71 needs new dash

    Hi guys. Took the plunge and am owner of first Z, a 71 I am bringing back from the dead. Not a big fan of dash covers but are there any replacement dashes left on the market?

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    Default Rare!

    Replacement Dashes in good condition are rare. When you do find one, even from a bone yard, you are talking some serious dollars. New and in the box? Even higher dollars.

    Most people opt for the Dash Cap. This is a layer of ABS plastic or the like that will fit on top of your dash like a second skin. Cost? About 80-100 depending on who you get it from.

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    Default Restoration shops?

    Anyone ever used a restoration shop like

    www.justdashes.com?

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    Default yes

    I had A dash "fixed" by A shop like that. It was on my 74 vette. looked damn good. For the first 6 months. Then It started cracking around the patchs they put in.
    They just push A heavy foam in the cracks then cover that with melted plastic and brand the grain in the new plastic. After time it splits again. This time the cracks are smaller tho.

    With the dash caps there are 2 types I know of half "top" or full.
    The top cap covers the top ta just under the gauges. and full is just that. I cant say I have used eather one. This is just what I have been told.
    I reside in Oklahoma and live at the wheel of my 240Z

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    Unhappy But, but

    When I look at the Web site and another one in Australia

    http://www.dashrestorations.com/

    Looks like they start over from scratch.....

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    Motorsort auto in CA carries them brand new for 705.89 for the 72. The 71 is currently out of stock, or was when the last catalog was printed. check them out at

    www.zcarparts.com

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    That Dashrestorations company looks interesting. They'll do a complete recovering in the color of your choice and ship for about $500. If you're not worried about originality you could match the dash color to the rest of the interior.

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    Default I think so too

    Got a quote of $419 shipped for the Australian company to do it (love that american dollar)

    Six weeks. I ship to Washington, they package it up and bulk it to Australia.

    Might be worth a shot. New is about $800 and got about a $800 quote from the American company that does this.

    Anyone on list from Australia tried this company?

    http://www.dashrestorations.com/

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    that place looks legit. They say that the consumer places all the guages back in. you may need to completely disassemble the whole dash prior to sending. Keep us posted if you go through with it.

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    I got a $800.00 quote from www.justdashes.com

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    Arrow A little suggestion

    You could consider our Carbon Fiber dash that will never crack from sunlight?

    http://www.240z.org/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=1820

    It's less than a new dash, 25+ lbs lighter and really great looking!

    Let me know what you think!

    Ron

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    Default Dash Replacement

    Derk,

    I see that you are in Southern Indiana. I am in chicago and will be going to the Show in Indy on 8/17.

    I have a dash out of 72 in my basement. It was 1 minor impection at the very forward lip where it meets the metal strip around the window. It is a crack about 3/4" X 1/4". If you have a late 71, you coul swap parts over with not much trouble. I would let it go for $350.

    If you are intersted, I could bring it to the show and meet you there.

    Marty

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    Default To Marty

    Interesting... got a pic of it?

    Never been to Indy show...worth the 4 hour drive one way for me?

    Lots of parts vendors, or???

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    Derk,

    Sorry, I don't have a digi-cam. The blemish is pretty minor though.

    As far as the show goes, it will be the biggest ZCar show in the Midwest this year. They are expecting 100+ cars. It will be held at the Indy Speedway, with an all Z parade lap, and the new 350Z. I don't know if there will be any vendors or people selling parts. There weren't any last year, but they are improving the show each year. I have a 3 hour drive and definitely think it is worth it. Only you can decide if 4 hours is worth it to you. If you go, look for me with the dark blue 70 Z in the stock class.

    Marty

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    Default Yo Derk!

    I'm in Evansville -- where are you located? As I am in the midst of a ground-up 240z restoration, perhaps we should trade some notes in person.

    I too am considering sending my dash to the Aussie place.

    I just got my car back after being painted. Now concentrating on suspension, engine, interior, exhaust, etc.

    If you are interested, send me an email using the Profile function and I will send you my phone number.
    Will
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