w3wilkes

FYI - 240Z Dashboards

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    @pogden @wheee! 280z version will be out mid next year.

    @psdenno it is made out of injection foam and vinyl. I have the same company made me a dash for a different car. The car has been outside for 5 years and still looks new. 

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    10 hours ago, grannyknot said:

    Here is a pic from a Cali 1970 240 that is on BaT at the moment, https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1970-datsun-240z-17/

    Yup, that's about how a dash cap looks after sitting in the sun in my neighborhood during the summer.  With 120º outside temperature and significantly hotter inside the car, anything plastic left on the dash tends to melt - CDs, sunglasses, cassettes, Gumby.  

    Dennis

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    18 hours ago, siteunseen said:

    Solar windows could power you're blender for a smoothie. LOL

    120 degrees! That's amazing. A dog wouldn't last long in that heat.  Window tinters should stay busy.

    You're right about a dog not lasting long.  The law now allows one to smash a car window to release a dog left in a hot car.  You have to be careful about what you leave in the car.  I think I've previously mentioned  having left an aerosol can of flat tire fixer in the car and having it explode - the "shoe-goo" flat fixer was all over everything in the tool kit where the can was stored.

    Fortunately, it's only going to be in the 80s the rest of this week.  A good way to end the year compared to those who live in Duluth, Minneapolis, or Erie.

    Dennis

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    I suspect there are more 280's out there than 240's and with a decent price more likely to drop the $ to get a good dash.

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    True, but I think more people are restoring to factory specs on the 240’s versus the 280’s. Seems more people are resto-modding the 280’s and are less picky about original dash quality etc. More people spending more money on classic 240’s.
    However, as a 280 owner and modder, I would buy one....

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    Interested in the texture of this.

    The original dash grain pattern is unique.

    Is it identical, and/or does it compare favorably to that found on Just Dashes restorations?

    Their's is not identical, but very close.

     

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    Even if you're restomodding a 280Z,  a cracked dash has very few options: extremely time consuming repair (with mediocre results), a terrible looking dash pad OR a new dash pad if available. The last option is the obvious choice for me.

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    Dr. Dave is right. Dash caps look and feel cheap, and mine (installed by the PO) didn't fit very well.

    I attempted to restore my severely cracked 280Z dash, spent hours filling and sanding until I thought it looked good, textured it and then painted it. It looks WAY better than before, but a year later a couple of hairline cracks have appeared. It's not even back in the car yet and has never been exposed to the Arizona sun. A new dash pad seems like the only option. 

    @theguppies, I'm seriously interested in your dash pad. I'm sure you are busy trying to get your new business off the ground. Any details you can give about your materials, process, testing, or end results will be really appreciated. Not asking you to disclose anything proprietary, just the sort of information that will make people want to buy your product. 

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    The dash on one of my cars is in terrible shape.  The PO was classy enough to use dark colored drywall screws.  I suspect most other people would use steel colored screws or hex heads.  :)

    Anyway, mine is in such bad shape, these dashes could suck and I would still be in better shape than I am now.   In as bad of shape as my dash is, I would rather it be busted up than install cap over it.

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    Oh boy, a new dash for my 77 280! I would love to have a new one. I had no choice but to install a full face dash cap. And I have tried twice to get the full face cap to fit right and it doesn't!! Still better than looking at my present dash. 

    I spent 17 years in Vegas and that's what destroyed my dash. Or at least helped it along. It is so brittle that if I was to attempt removal of the dash cap my dash would disintegrate. 

    The price is great. I would buy a new dash before re-doing my seats. That's how bad mine is.

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    I'm in for a series 1 dash. ...Email Sent...   
    i thought  the frame was part of the dash ? does anybody have pictures?
    has anybody used this product???
    https://datsunzfiberglass.wordpress.com/author/datsunzfiberglass/


    I have not heard anything good about this company. No one seems to be able to get anything from them. Or a hold of them.

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    On 12/24/2017 at 6:15 PM, wheee! said:

    Dash caps look terrible in my opinion. As soon as I see one I am disappointed in the car and suspect of anything else that has been done to it. It’s just a half step in my opinion. New dash, restored dash or original dash. A cap just looks fake to me.
    Sorry if I offend anyone that has one, but I just can’t get past the look....

    DITTO. They fold up and separate as well. Really TACKY

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    No Offense taken here. I installed one ( was supposed to be temporary), because my dash is really bad and I didn't want to see it anymore. And at the time couldn't afford a new or restored dash. Thought $1800 was unrealistic. I think it would be more "tacky" driving it around without something hiding the ugly cracked up dash. Just MHO. 

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    I'm still hopeful this guy is going to come through. Hopefully we will hear from them soon. 

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    Guys give them some time it is a lot of work to rebuild these dashes. I looked into it many years a go. I could not get the math to work and all the parts to lineup. Headless to say almost every 240 to 280Z would love a remanufactured dash.

    Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile

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    I noticed this was posted up yesterday (Jan 16, 2018) on facebook. Appears to be the Series 2 240Z dash. Free shipping for pre-orders placed in the next couple of weeks. No word on Series 1 240z or other Z dashes.

    https://m.facebook.com/groups/327981873903624?view=permalink&id=1563738396994626&rt=11

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    Hello everyone, 

    I apologize for not visiting Classiczcars more often. I'm doing a promotion for Free shipping on all pre-orders before 2/4/2018. I'm producing Series 1 and Series 2 dashes for 240z and in process of making a mold for 260z/280z dash. 

    My current sample is Series 2 but there will be a small adjustment for Series 1 dash. 

     

     

     

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    @theguppies, is the 280z dash still on track for delivery mid this year? Not earlier? :)

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