71 dash pad

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  1. toyroom

    toyroom In Third Gear PLATINUM MEMBER

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    Hello,

    I am looking to replace the dash pad for my 1971 Ranchero. Does anybody have any reccomendations on what to get?

    I have only found pads and covers for sale on eBay and am not sure what is the smart buy. I am more inclined to buy a new pad instead of a glue-on cover.

    Are there any online stores that sell these aftermarket pads, and if so what do you recommend?

    Thanks
     
  2. Huevos

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    I got the plastic glue on cover, because when I needed a good one there were none available. Now that I see they are $400, I think I'll keep the glued on one. Nobody can really tell.
     
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  4. toyroom

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    Thanks Huevos and TD... I was wondering about those "plastic" ones and how they looked.
    I'm still curious about the pricy alternative... Anyone???
     
  5. Huevos

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    The more expensive dash pads look just like the OEM.
    If you want it to look correct, that is the way to go.
     
  6. TestDummy

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    I think my install of the cover was easier because the dash was out of the car, and I was able to really clamp it on there, and then put the whole thing in our environmental chamber, set to 120. If figured the heat would help cure the adhesive.

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    For sure. I'll do that the next time I have $400 laying around. But then I'll have to find a spot for the tach.
     
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  7. ribald1

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    That is an, emmm, different way to install a tach.
    You couldn't find a location that was more destructive, odd, and more out of line of sight?
    The faux stick shift fits right in, but shouldn't it have an 8 ball for a handle and have fuzzy dice hanging over it? That way, everything would come together, including the 'short arms' deep dish steering wheel.
     
  8. 5.0 Chero

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    Quir picking on Sean's Dad' Ranchero
     
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    Not picking on it.
    It's eclectic, not everything needs a theme or any continuity. Kind of like how some modern art assembles a bunch of things that don't belong together to make a statement.
    Anyway, the car does have a nice paint job.
     
  10. toyroom

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    This thread is definitely taking shape!!!
     
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    Dog poo is a shape. :D I'm sorry I shared my dash pic and cover experience.
     
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  12. toyroom

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    Your dash pic got me thinking about my options... don't be sorry.
    Also, I'm not great at social anything, I guess you could call me socially challenged.
    It was just a poor attempt at trying to be funny.
     
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  13. ribald1

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    Are you going to take the option of punching a big hole in the middle of your new dash pad?
     
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    Back on topic, I think I would prefer a whole dash to a cover. I wonder how yours would have come out if you didn't have the ability to roast it in an environment chamber? Good enough for a 'daily driver'?
     
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    From what little I know of Sean's Dad, it took some huge stones for him to give up driving. Don't know how I'll take it when my day comes. I kinda' like where the tach is, reminds me of the Cyclone. Cyclone Dash 2.jpg
     
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    Bitter sweet, it's terrible when age gets in the way of life, I hope that you got the Ranchero back and that you can give your father many rides.
     
  19. ribald1

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    Now, that is the way to do it.
    Everything is in the execution. One in a hood bump is good, one just bolted on top of the hood, not.
     
  20. 1965 Ranchero 66G

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    As for the tach in the dash, if it is angled toward the driver, I kinda like the cyclops look. Good use of wasted space not much difference looking at that or the rear view mirror.
     

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