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Installing replacement dashpads

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by Alpine 1789, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    Warren recently sold a replacement dashpad on the For Sale forum. http://forum.sunbeamalpine.org/index.php?threads/dash-pad.29188/. One of his pictures is below. I held off responding because I didn't want to hijack his thread and decided to start a new one here. I have a decades old dashpad that came with a car purchase and it looks just like the one in Warren's photo. I always assumed mine was warped by sitting in a hot Georgia garage for so long, but apparently this is normal. The curve as they come out of the box certainly doesn't match the curve of the dash area. Installation of these has been discussed many times before, but I don't recall this ever having been discussed. Are you supposed to warm them up before installing them?

  2. 65sunbeam

    65sunbeam SAOCA Membership Director Platinum Level Sponsor

    Oh yes-lay it out in the sun and let it get really warm before installing on your car! Makes fitting much easier and flattens out any ripples, etc.
  3. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks, Eric. I always thought mine was trashed. Good thing I never throw anything away.
  4. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    A lot also depends on how and where it has been stored for a given period of time.
    I had one purchased about 6 years before an attempt was made to install.

    It had been stored in a dark cabinet away from any above normal room temperature (around 68 to 72 degrees). Also wrapped in tisue type paper then in heavier brown wrapping paper.

    When installing I did in fact lay it out in the sun for a limited time to get it warm and workable. But even them it had some areas that tended to be stubborn where I utilized a heat gun very cautiously and limited.

    Worked nicely:) It is the one in Blue Boy.

    Have another that has been in storage for several years (3 ?) that will be going in the GT hopefully soon.
  5. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    It is certainly possible that mine will turn out to be unusable, as it was badly stored before I got it: At least 20 years in a shed. But, I will certainly try to get it to lay flat and will almost definitely need a heat gun, unless I am lucky enough to get to the right point at the height of summer here.
  6. phyrman

    phyrman SAOCA Secretary Diamond Level Sponsor

    Jim, the last one I installed was tweaked as well try this, lightly use spray adhesive and put the dash pad on the car with some padded weights
    the spray adhesive will not hold the pad down after about a week or so, the pad should be properly formed and then you can use the real contact cement to glue it into place

  7. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks Bruce. I will definitely give that a try when the time comes. This is for one of my BAT Tigers, so it will be awhile before we get to that point.
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  8. Gordon Holsinger

    Gordon Holsinger Diamond Level Sponsor

    If you have a clothes steamer it will help
    belmateo and Alpine 1789 like this.
  9. Warren

    Warren Donation Time

    It's spoken for but deal isn't closed till Bruce is ready. I have two and they look the same. It's doubtful that Sunbeam Specialties has a temperature controlled warehouse at least the one that I have been in. Most things move when warmed up you should see my black LAT hood on a Summer day :)
  10. mikephillips

    mikephillips Donation Time

    One other thing that hasn't been mentioned, do dry fitting and adjusting before using glue. I found with some of what I've fitted that I had to shave a slight amount of foam from where it wrapped around above the dash to get the cutouts for the vents to align with the holes in the metal dash.
    alpine_64 likes this.
  11. 65sunbeam

    65sunbeam SAOCA Membership Director Platinum Level Sponsor

    PS-use some high quality old school contact cement-not the spray on type or even worse, water based.
  12. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Donation Time

    Shaving the foam at the pad's front is a mandatory thing to do to Rick's dash pads. The Lemans have a tight fitting windscreen with no extra room and needs a very "close shave"...LoL!
  13. Tim R

    Tim R Silver Level Sponsor

    Your roll top looks to be of a much higher quality than the pattern ones that we get in the UK but here is a video from The Sunbeam Alpine Channel on YouTube that shows how we fit ours, in case it might be of use to you. As mentioned above some need to be 'shaved' at the leading edge to fit nicely.

    Tim R

  14. hartmandm

    hartmandm Moderator Platinum Level Sponsor

    Jim's pad is a little different design than the one I have from Sunbeam Specialties from June 1989. Still waiting to be installed. :(



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