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Hey Guys 

Been a while since my last update. 

Finally got all my guages from AttSpeed Instrumens full calibration, had the clock fixed, had the rev tacho circuit changed to adapt to electronic distributors and the speedo face changed to Km/h. 

Also picked up all the under dash wiring and rear wiring picked up from Pro Wire. All cleaned up and taped up, not brand new but cleaner than previously.

Not sure what I will do with the dash, its not cracked but some small blemishes. Keep it and reskin later or get it done now. I got a quote from a guy in Melbourne for $650, I think it was the Dash Dr.20180917_135657.thumb.jpg.2b71b2ceee81a4a0372e977571475af6.jpg

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Thanks @Retro Z @mossy @gav240z

In general the dash is in pretty good condition other than the glovebox lid faded and the blemishes. 

I spoke to Karl who does interiors in Kings park in Sydney and he also mentioed that he can spray the dash with a vinyl spray. Im not sure if that will hold up and become sticky over time.

I have a new glovbox badge so that going anyways. 

Cheers

Youhan

 

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The vinyl paint works well and does not go sticky overtime. I used a stain black vinyl dye to touch up my dash and console and it blends in well with stock finish of the dash.

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2 minutes ago, Retro Z said:

The vinyl paint works well and does not go sticky overtime. I used a stain black vinyl dye to touch up my dash and console and it blends in well with stock finish of the dash.

What he said, vinyl paint is 1 of the easiest to apply going around and it will cover a lot of those blemishes easily. Along with the glove box door. That dashboard looks to be in beautiful shape, has it already been re-skinned?

Just make sure you use plenty of oil and wax removal on a cloth all over the dashboard (hopefully nobody went liberal with armour oil or similar on it) and then tape up the areas you don't want to get over-spray on and go for it.

For the lid you can use a heat gun to revive the plastics (remove that faded look) but be really really careful not to over heat it. In fact I would probably practice on a spare if you have 1.

Here is some photos (not the best) of when I restored my FD RX-7's rear storage bin divider panel.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/f7PT6ZWH4BK86GDP9

There was quite a few scuff marks on it and some light fading, I used the heat gun to help improve it, but the final photo is after black vinyl paint. I'm not sure why it has that fish eye mark on the plastic (it wasn't the heat gun) but once installed in the car you can hardly see any marks on it. Photos (with flash) tend to highlight the flaws more so than the naked eye can see it.

I would have shown you when you came around the other day if I knew about the dashboard before that.

You can remove the "DATSUN 240Z" emblem from the lid (it's glued in) and can get the plastic chrome re-done on the inlay if you really want to give it pop like new!

If you decide you still want to go down the re-skin path let me know? I may be interested in that dash for my 71 240z - since I want the patina look!

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@Retro Z Thanks champ, I think ill give it a go with the Vinyl spray as the dash is in pretty good condition. 

@gav240z Thanks Gavin Ill definitely give the heat gun a go, looks easy. Then ill hit it with the vinyl spray. 

@AndBir Eastwood it a great US product but I dont think its available in Australia. Also it says that its used for sun damage.

Ill let you guys know how I go

Thanks heaps

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On 9/17/2018 at 3:04 PM, JDM-TOY said:

Hey Guys 

Been a while since my last update. 

Finally got all my guages from AttSpeed Instrumens full calibration, had the clock fixed, had the rev tacho circuit changed to adapt to electronic distributors and the speedo face changed to Km/h. 

Hi

Ben at AttSpeed did the tacho on my bus, great guy  - not the cheapest but first rate work.

 

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Silly question, can you not just buy Eastwood from that Australian website PPC Co? Think I also saw it on ebay too.

 

I had dashboard doctor do my dash, and they also sprayed the glove box with black vinyl paint, turned out great.

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Yes you can buy from PPCCo who are in Aust, or via their ebay store or you may find Eastwood products at some paint shops. I sourced some of mine from PPCCo and some I ordered via my closest paint shop in regional Victoria who had some Eastwood products but not all.

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