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Attaching Under Dash Trims to the Dashboard

PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Jun 26, 2022 10:47 am

Anyone tried Blurtac?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sun Jun 26, 2022 2:26 pm

steve lyle wrote:And a hint on the inserts. They have slots you can use to drive them in with a flat edge screwdriver. Don't do it - the brass is too weak, and you're liable to break off one side of the slot. Instead, get a longer #6 screw, and lock two nuts onto it so there's a few threads showing on the outer end, and drive the insert in with that.

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I went with Plan A & the brass inserts... also took Steve's suggestion & used a SHCS with 2 nuts to put the inserts into the dash:
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Worked a treat:
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So that's 2 better ways to attach the under dash trims :D
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:01 pm

Phil, maybe I missed it but what size hole (drill bit size) was needed?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sun Jun 26, 2022 11:52 pm

gjz30075 wrote:Phil, maybe I missed it but what size hole (drill bit size) was needed?

Greg, drill size was 11/64”
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PostPost by: steve lyle » Tue Jun 28, 2022 1:58 am

Excellent craftsmanship!
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PostPost by: Roland » Mon Jul 04, 2022 6:46 pm

I have one of these dreadful trims to refit after doing my column bushes. Just a thought, would 3M press in place emblem tape work? It's not cheap and I am not 100% sure it would take on the edge of the dashboard. However it is thin and is strong enough to hold emblems on.
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PostPost by: Bodmin » Tue Aug 16, 2022 11:04 am

I will be fitting new under dash trim pieces shortly.

I think the best solution I’ve seen so far is to slot the screw holes in the area of the trim which attaches to the edge of the dash. This allows the trim to me removed by simply loosening the screws one turn and not actually removing them.

The other advantage is that the holes in the lower part of the trim only need be large enough to insert a PZ1 screwdriver - 5.5mm.
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