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m1dadio
m1dadio
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Post by m1dadio Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:08 am

fifty year old dash pad

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remove brittle and loose vinyl

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cut out and slice off bad foam


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the right spray foam from local hardware store will be low expansion, stay spongy when set and act as a bonding structure. Of coarse the right beer is esential.

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fill in the cracks rubbing the wet foam into the old foam with a spatula.

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dont try to do it in one go, too much foam makes for large gas bubbles.

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sand with coarse block paper and repeat as necessary to acquire correct shape..

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test fit prior to upholstering.

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wrap with thin high density foam sheet, then your new vinyl using a spray glue that dose not melt the foam.

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install

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Wolfster
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Post by Wolfster Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:30 pm

Nice job! Luckily the one on my Econoline wasn't as bad.
vanny
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Post by vanny Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:00 am

M1, you must be the Most Interesting Man in the World! lol!
Great instructional thread for those who haven't done this before...(like me!)
This is a Fantastic site for all the information that can be gained in working on these vans.
Your dash turned out Great!!! cheers


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Scott
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Post by Scott Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:21 pm

Good stuff M1, but where do I buy a sheet of high density foam?
BILLS66
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Post by BILLS66 Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:38 pm

M1 You are very talented .Nice job ! Bill
caleboh
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Post by caleboh Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:37 am

Wow! You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.
Stomper
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Location : Calgary AB
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Post by Stomper Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:29 pm

This is my next project. I haven't taken a close look yet at how it's installed. How do you get the dash pad off? Is it screwed in from underneath or does it pop off?
m1dadio
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Post by m1dadio Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:58 pm

On the 2nd gen van there are Phillips screws across the underside of the lip and a series of nuts under the dash.;
Stomper
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Post by Stomper Tue Sep 29, 2020 8:34 am

Great, thanks!

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