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S4 Crashpad

PostPost by: schwartzd13 » Thu Sep 28, 2006 5:26 pm

Hello All,
I'd like to "restore" the crashpad on my S4 DHC - it's beginning to crack.
I've read through the archives and still don't see a (good) solution:
a) Buy an ABS shell from one of the usual suspects - sounds like no one
likes the way they look; they're roughly $400; installation requires a
good bit of work to make fit, if possible; they offer no "padding"
b) Buy a GRP shell - same as above, more $$, with slightly better appearance
c) have mine upholstered - not as costly, but winds up looking not at
all "original", like a cheaper version of Ferrari dash with French
seams/stitching, etc.
d) contact Just Dashes, Van Nyus , Calif - Just Dashes does or does not
"do" Elans, depending upon which post you believe.

I'm lost, dazed and confused (more than usual!)

So, my well learned, well respected peers... - I would appreciate it if
you would weigh in on the above or offer other suggestions

TIA,
David
69 S4SE DHC
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PostPost by: holywood3645 » Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:19 am

I had one cover in by a shop in San Diego, Very happy ($250). If
your ever close to Carlsbad CA you can have a look at it
James

--- In ***@***.***, David Schwartz <[email protected]>
wrote:
Hello All,
I'd like to "restore" the crashpad on my S4 DHC - it's beginning
to crack.

I've read through the archives and still don't see a (good)
solution:

a) Buy an ABS shell from one of the usual suspects - sounds like
no one

likes the way they look; they're roughly $400; installation
requires a

good bit of work to make fit, if possible; they offer no "padding"
b) Buy a GRP shell - same as above, more $$, with slightly better
appearance

c) have mine upholstered - not as costly, but winds up looking not
at

all "original", like a cheaper version of Ferrari dash with French
seams/stitching, etc.
d) contact Just Dashes, Van Nyus , Calif - Just Dashes does or
does not

"do" Elans, depending upon which post you believe.

I'm lost, dazed and confused (more than usual!)

So, my well learned, well respected peers... - I would appreciate
it if

you would weigh in on the above or offer other suggestions

TIA,
David
69 S4SE DHC

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PostPost by: jeff wolfson » Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:28 am

Regarding David's crash pad dilemma, about 18 months back I tried to get a
replacement crash pad for my S3 Coup? from several UK suppliers but nobody
had stock at the time. So I had the old crash pad re-covered. While it
looks better than the cracked original, it is not quite right and doesn't
fit perfectly.

Paul Matty now has crash pads in stock so I ordered one at the not
inconsiderable cost of 130 pounds. It is en route to me in South Africa as
I write, so I will be able to assess its suitability once the post office
get round to delivering it. Sue Miller advertises crash pads at a lower
price than PM but told me she will not have stock for a couple of months.

Jeff
1966 S3 FHC



-----Original Message-----
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Of David Schwartz
Sent: 28 September 2006 07:23 PM
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Subject: [LotusElan.net] S4 Crashpad


Hello All,
I'd like to "restore" the crashpad on my S4 DHC - it's beginning to crack.
I've read through the archives and still don't see a (good) solution:
a) Buy an ABS shell from one of the usual suspects - sounds like no one
likes the way they look; they're roughly $400; installation requires a
good bit of work to make fit, if possible; they offer no "padding"
b) Buy a GRP shell - same as above, more $$, with slightly better appearance
c) have mine upholstered - not as costly, but winds up looking not at
all "original", like a cheaper version of Ferrari dash with French
seams/stitching, etc.
d) contact Just Dashes, Van Nyus , Calif - Just Dashes does or does not
"do" Elans, depending upon which post you believe.

I'm lost, dazed and confused (more than usual!)

So, my well learned, well respected peers... - I would appreciate it if
you would weigh in on the above or offer other suggestions

TIA,
David
69 S4SE DHC
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Posts: 42
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