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Crash pad

PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Mon Jan 09, 2006 7:35 pm

How did you remove the crash pad from the car. I have a 69 S4 with a cracked
pad but the foam seems to be firmly stuck to the body. Any tips on how to
remove it. I also got an ABS copy from CN, same problem, way to shiny & hard
surface. Keep us informed about the results.
Keith Marshall,

From: "bondobucket" <***@***.***>
Subject: Latest Crash Pad Situation

After a bit of searching I sent my original crash pad to Dash
Specialists located in Medford OR. for redoing. It was in 2 peices.
Lets see how they do. I used Just Dashes for my Europa back in '92.
They did an OK job, not fantastic just OK. Previously I had Bean send
me their ABS copy, what a piece of crap, back it went quickly. It was
too shiny and generally a POS. NOT worth the $400. they charged me. I
have a much better ABS pad that came with my car but wanted the
original foam-filled unit. The ABS pad I have is made of much thinner
ABS, has the correct texture and dull finish.
If the original comes back looking good I'd be glad to offer the pad I
have to anyone whose interested.
Keith Marshall
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PostPost by: holywood3645 » Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:47 pm

I recent remove my crash pad from my S4 DHC. The windshield needs to
be removed and the wooden dash loosened and dropped forward. The
foam is stuck to the fiberglass body using contact cement. It needs
to be worked free. My best results were when using a hack saw blade
to slide along between the pad where it's glued to the fiberglass.
The toughest part is at the top around the vent where lots of clued
contact area between the crash pad and the fiberglass. With the top
Vent/s removed use a long hacksaw blade to work the top away from the
fiberglass. It can also be worked from the front as the windsheild
is out. Don't over bend the dash as it as it will crack. When
removed I had mine covered with a semi flat soft vinyl that I also
use for my door pads by a place called Pacific Upholstery in Pacific
Beach San-Diego CA for $270. Great job that looks original, I have
not reinstalled it yet, but i'm very happy with ther work. They also
recovered my seat using a leather that looks very similar to the
original vinyl. The vinyl and leather materials are used on Mercades
cars.
Jim

--- In ***@***.***, "Keith I Marshall" <[email protected]>
wrote:


How did you remove the crash pad from the car. I have a 69 S4 with
a cracked

pad but the foam seems to be firmly stuck to the body. Any tips on
how to

remove it. I also got an ABS copy from CN, same problem, way to
shiny & hard

surface. Keep us informed about the results.
Keith Marshall,

From: "bondobucket" <[email protected]>
Subject: Latest Crash Pad Situation

After a bit of searching I sent my original crash pad to Dash
Specialists located in Medford OR. for redoing. It was in 2 peices.
Lets see how they do. I used Just Dashes for my Europa back in '92.
They did an OK job, not fantastic just OK. Previously I had Bean
send

me their ABS copy, what a piece of crap, back it went quickly. It
was

too shiny and generally a POS. NOT worth the $400. they charged me.
I

have a much better ABS pad that came with my car but wanted the
original foam-filled unit. The ABS pad I have is made of much
thinner

ABS, has the correct texture and dull finish.
If the original comes back looking good I'd be glad to offer the
pad I

have to anyone whose interested.

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PostPost by: "nebogipfel2004" » Mon Jan 09, 2006 10:32 pm

--- In ***@***.***, "Keith I Marshall" <[email protected]>
wrote:
I also got an ABS copy from CN, same problem, way to shiny & hard
surface.


Keith, I bought a fiberglass replica from PM and although a hard
plastic finish it looks pretty good in my S4 (I think it is just a low
gloss black painted finish) The main problem was the price, somewhere
around ?140 if I recall! I learnt afterwards that Susan Miller could
supply a similar pad for roughly half that price.

The hard plastic finish wouldn't look right in a +2 which should have
a vinyl covering but is fine in the S4.

I may live to regret it but I didn't glue the new pad to the body - it
wasn't foam filled anyway

John
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