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Super Minx Dash

Discussion in 'Huskies, Imps, Rapiers, Fastbacks, etc.' started by absunbeam, May 24, 2021.

  1. absunbeam

    absunbeam Gold Level Sponsor

    After having the laminate peeling off the dash. Decided to remove the piece off and see what I am up against. Good chance of possibly removing the old and replacing with new. Unless someone has a parts car with a good wood insert! Another issue would be the letters under switches & knobs those will be loss of course. Any suggestions for those? Looking for a padded dash to replace my previously repaired and cracked pad. Changing the windscreen rubber and changing the pad would be a lot easier that way. Finally a wiper switch for a Minx with the washer knob/wiper switch. Thread to dash is cross threaded(aluminum)arggg!
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  2. nsbluenose

    nsbluenose Bronze Level Sponsor

    You can buy nice wood laminate at Lowes, Home Depot etc and stain to suit your requirements. You can buy letters to make the labels as required, pretty fiddily though. I was able to find a set of labels on ebay for all the switches and knobs, took a bit of searching, can't recall the supplier.
     
  3. absunbeam

    absunbeam Gold Level Sponsor

    Thanks, recall a thread about the labels. Was there a way to seal them in so they won’t peel off in the future?
     
  4. nsbluenose

    nsbluenose Bronze Level Sponsor

    After I stained my new laminate and applied the labels I clear coated everything, several times.
     
  5. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    I've used Constantine's in NJ for my veneers in the past. They supply really nice woods in many sizes, and all the proper supplies to do the job. They even have peel-and-stick which works very well.

    https://www.constantines.com/veneer.aspx
     
  6. absunbeam

    absunbeam Gold Level Sponsor

    Matched the back of the vernier to a red oak pc that I found at Menards. Have plenty of material to get the stain color right. I see what you mean by labels being fidley, would take a couple of sheets JIC we go that way. A Cricut machine may work (Barb’s suggestion).
     
  7. GlennB

    GlennB Silver Level Sponsor

    My Mk1 Super Minx came with a full wooden dash, a local dealer option from Leicester, UK. I know of 4 others in the UK. It is a plywood overlay, with a veneer coat. It has suffered from 40 years in a lockup garage. I scraped off the cracked lacquer, restained it and re-lacquered it.
     

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  8. absunbeam

    absunbeam Gold Level Sponsor

    Got the letters in. See how this goes, Barb volunteered to apply them to the dash. With her great crafting skills should have no problem. Got the decals from k4decals.com out of Dayton Ohio.
     

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  9. Gordon Holsinger

    Gordon Holsinger Diamond Level Sponsor

    Nice job!
     
  10. absunbeam

    absunbeam Gold Level Sponsor

    Barb got the letters on! Will let them set and varnish coat tomorrow.
     

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  11. nsbluenose

    nsbluenose Bronze Level Sponsor

    They look super. Barb did a great job!
     
  12. absunbeam

    absunbeam Gold Level Sponsor

    Final finish coat of gloss, put the trim rings back in. Now to re-glue the brackets on the back.
     

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  13. absunbeam

    absunbeam Gold Level Sponsor

    Got everything back together. Took it to our local cruise night, forgot how nice it rides. RainX the window just in case.
    Made it back home and the 50+ upper radiator hose cracked and sprung a leak in the garage. What timing! Now if I could find some basket weave rubber mat material I could replace the green carpet remnant!
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  14. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

  15. absunbeam

    absunbeam Gold Level Sponsor

    Thanks - that looks promising! Wonder how it would hold up as flooring?-Al
     

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