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Cracked Dash Pad Replacement
EJ Offline
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#1
Rookie Poster with probably an "Old" question - for NATO vets but a "New" question for me

I have the dreaded "Split / Cracked 1988 TC Dash Pad - Not repairable via any liquids, preservatives or cosmetic methods - Short of Plastic Surgery - in the literal sense.

It is all that stands between us and a perfectly "Mint" As Delivered interior. Which is the goal my son and I have set for this phase of our project.

I had seen a "CAP" over layment piece advertised several years ago.

Is this "CAP" available ?

Has any NATO member ever tried it ??

Is this a viable option ?

Again just looking for any possible education or Info on the subject.

Later:

E. J.
EJ

1988 TC - T5 Stock - Original Owner
1986 SVO - Original Owner-
2013 Fusion Titanium - Eco Boost AWD
2012 JEEP Liberty - Son's DD
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turbot79 Offline
Member
#2
Dash cap makes them and they are sold on eBay also. Many have used them with great results. I believe a search will net many results and I think there is a whole rite up on it with pics
88 tc, hbc, t3t4, 3"throttle body,3" stinger exhaust, msd, 18psi, Tial 50mm bov, Esslinger adjustable round tooth timing kit, rods header on the way and many more to come
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T-BirdX3 Offline
Senior Member
#3
Here is a three year old thread with before and after pictures! I personally haven't had any experience with them yet, but every time I see a thread about them it is always good reviews.
http://natomessageboard.com/cgi-bin/ulti...520#000000
'88 T-Coupe 5 speed/'88 T-Coupe Auto
'87 T-Coupe 5 speed/'87 T-coupe 5 speed(76k orig mile)
..... and there was light!
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee36...tled-2.jpg
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Joe F Offline
Posting Freak
#4
I used one in my '87, 'JR'. Your results will be equal to or exceed the care you take in the installation. In a word mine came out excellent.

HTH


edit: 3-6-20126:04PM PST for word correction
JR's Place - My '87 Turbocoupe
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EJ Offline
Member
#5
turbot79 & T-BirdX3:

Gentlemen:

Thank you very much for the information and the links.

Fortunately our 1988 TC dash is in nothing like the "surface of the moon" condition of the example in the link pictures, A long and 1/4 inch wide crack is what we have. Which is what my son and I want to replace ASAP. Prior to "Cruise Night and Local Show Season.

Again on behalf of my son and myself thank you both very,very much. Hopefully we can make the repair then post some of our own "Before and After" shots for all to see.

Later:

E. J.
EJ

1988 TC - T5 Stock - Original Owner
1986 SVO - Original Owner-
2013 Fusion Titanium - Eco Boost AWD
2012 JEEP Liberty - Son's DD
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EJ Offline
Member
#6
Joe_F:

That is great to hear.

We are as a rule pretty picky and tend to adhere to using the correct OEM components ( NOS or Quality Reproduction items )and details with restoration components used on our car.

That said we always know that when something is out of our area of capability we are not afraid to seek advice, or even help as may be necessary, from experts to get the best results possible.

Many thanks for your input and experience on the Dash Pad inquiry.

Later:

E. J.
EJ

1988 TC - T5 Stock - Original Owner
1986 SVO - Original Owner-
2013 Fusion Titanium - Eco Boost AWD
2012 JEEP Liberty - Son's DD
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norm1962 Offline
Junior Member
#7
Any pics of dashpad replacement? The above links don't work anymore. Would like to do this on my TC.
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