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Radio Blanking Panel : How held in position?

PostPost by: mmatthej1 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:17 pm

Assuming no radio is fitted, how is the radio blanking panel held in place, please?
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:21 pm

two little 1 inch square pieces of wood on both ends that was glued on the dash and screwed into the face plate. At least that's how it is on my Europa, so assuming same routine.
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PostPost by: Gordon Sauer » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:22 pm

I am assuming an Elan from your discussion profile and on mine there are two exposed screws that mount the blanking plate on to small extrusions of wood that are glued from behind the dash and the screws (British version of phillips wood screws, name escapes me) are seen from the front and maybe that's what Ted was describing. Gordon Sauer
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:08 am

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PostPost by: LaikaTheDog » Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:59 am

My current plus 2 had a plastic panel with a chrome edge . It had two push springs so that it fitted the slot. They looked a lot like those spring clips on glass picture frames.
My first elan had a new dash which came with a veneered panel for the slot !
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:24 am

Mine's the same as Ted's and Gordon's, on both my original and replacement dash. The blanking
plate has predrilled, beveled holes for the screws.
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PostPost by: jimj » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:53 am

Glue 2 tabs, say thin ply, to the back of the dash and Velcro the plate to them.
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PostPost by: Orsom Weels » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:11 pm

Two lolly pop sticks glued vertically to the back of dash & blanking panel glued to them. Easy to just push out if you decide to fit a radio later :)

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PostPost by: sprint4dm » Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:10 pm

Hi Tim

this is how my dash was supplied
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PostPost by: mmatthej1 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:10 pm

Thanks for all responses - the lollypop stick solution isn't too bad !

Nice & simple, plus I get to eat those lollies - any advice on best flavours? I'm kinda thinking Crunchie.....
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