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Dashboard Cover

PostPost by: Pointshape » Mon Sep 18, 2023 10:30 am

Hi all
So, my dashboard cover has warped. Taking it apart, it just seems to be filled with fibreglass under the covering of leather. I can see replacement covers around for sale but is there a template or anything available for the more solid part to place underneath the cover?
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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Sep 18, 2023 3:04 pm

That’s called the crash pad by the way. My understanding is they are “unobtainium” but I could be wrong. My crash pad is bonded to the body in some way, so I left it in situ when I sent it for its respray.

I’ll be interested to know if there is a supplier.
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PostPost by: Donels » Mon Sep 18, 2023 5:13 pm

Classic Team Lotus have them on their web site for a +2.

Mine was a vinyl covering with a blown foam core. The vinyl was badly cracked so I stripped it all off and was left with the flexible foam core. I covered this with fibre glass tissue to give it some shape then fibre glass matting on the underside to give it strength. Then lots of filling and sanding to get a smooth surface now it's being professionally covered with leather over a thin foam layer.

With hind site I would probably try and repair the damage to the original vinyl surface and then re covered with leather.
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PostPost by: Vali » Wed Sep 20, 2023 11:31 am

Tony Thompson Racing has the Crashpads for S1/S2 in fibreglass.
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Wed Sep 20, 2023 1:46 pm

One of mine is cracked and junk now
Someone had suggested semi-flexible thinnish plastic covered in foam, then vinyl or leather years back
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