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Dash covers

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by txbartman, Jun 13, 2001.

  1. txbartman

    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    I have an 85 Jimmy that has suffered in the Texas sun. The dash pad is in *BAD* shape. The coverlays I have seen don't look good. They look like someone glued a new dash on top of another, but that was years ago. I am considering a new one from LMC, but that's $350! Anybody have any recommendations, i.e. other dealers, better coverlays, etc?

    85 GMC Jimmy, 305 w/TH700-NP208, 32X11.5 BFG ATs, 15x10 Eagles, Smittybuilt tube nerf bars and bumbers
     
  2. dyeager535

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    I haven't heard much of the overlays...some kind of heat shrink dash pad cover right? I was going to try one, but screwed myself bidding for it online. Anyways, I don't think you have much choice besides either an LMC dash, or one of those dash pad covers, that are like the little carpets. I just got an uncracked dash from a swap meet, but I think I will put the carpet cover on it just to keep it from cracking.

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  3. FatBoyBlazer

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    i think that Cheyyne pick up supply has them cheaper...

    high
     
  4. bablazer73

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    the ones I have seen look like crap and are made of hard plastic. They look like a cover. What color dash pad do you need? I sometimes find them and sell them here.

    your right. I don't understand the jeep thing!
     
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    Mine is a gray dash (I think). It could be a really faded light blue, but since the painted part of the dash is balck and the outside of the truck is black with the thick silver band, I'm betting the color is gray. Got one?

    85 GMC Jimmy, 305 w/TH700-NP208, 32X11.5 BFG ATs, 15x10 Eagles, Smittybuilt tube nerf bars and bumbers
     
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    I bought a plastic cover from LMC, and it looks fine. It took a lot of wrestling to make it that way, but if you take the time to do it right, it will look good.

    It looks much better than the crack-o-matic original dash pad...

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    Got mine a few years back from the local dealer....It was a little over $200,but it came in the color I wanted (Light Grey) If your going to get one spend the extra money and get it from the dealer.It fits perfect,and you can see it at the link below....just my .02


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    Don't.....do this.
    Mine had a crack, I used one of those insta repair kits (Like on tv) Turned out BAD...only cost 6 bucks, but looked better with only a crack than 'rubbery glue' stuff all around the split, maybe I was just bad at doing it, but, I don't advise anyone else trying it...I matched the color perfectly, looked good when wet...Dry...yuk.......
     
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    I second cheyenne pickup...

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    You could have it upholstered for around $100-$150. I had the one in my old K5 done in a dark gray vinyl for $100. I looked nice, and cost a hell of alot less than a new dashpad.

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    Pugsley

    Do you have any pics of your "upholstered" dash? As I am curious as to what it looks like!

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    I sure don't - I (stupidly) sold that truck in 95. You can see alot of examples of upholstered dashes in Sport Truck/Truckin'/etc. It looks really good - Particularly when they do them in tweed.

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    I live in texas too, so I know how the sun messes up these things. Mine cracked a few months ago, but I don't even care anymore. I have much better things to spend my money on......or save it....maybe if I lived somewhere where the sun wasn't so bad I would fix it, but a new one will eventaully crack...mine has been armor-alled reguarly, but still cracked...just my $.02

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    When I get them, I post them on the forsale board. I usually get between 75-100 for them. I have painted them before. There are co. that make the correct paint's for these and they are very easy to paint.

    your right. I don't understand the jeep thing!
     
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    I just bought a used one on this site. Just keep watching the parts for sale...Dan
     
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    I have seen and heard of others on this site selling very good dashes too, for cheaper than a new price. Just have to ask around especially on those who are parting out trucks.

    No, I dont have any right now either.

    Heres a thought for anybody who has a good, perfect, or going to get a new dash: even though it may not be cracked, invest in a Dash Mat. They simply add color and PROTECTION to the dash. I have one on my 85 K30 since I first bought it and its still like brand new! The dash still looks just like when I first picked it up! Also, its still soft and 'cushiony' too. Not hard nor cracked like the sun-beaten dashes. Just a thought to help you save your dash.

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    <font color=purple> Who sells them and how much, Wes ?

    I'd rather go that route myself than buy a whole new dash .......mines fine except for some cracks that the pad would simply cover up ....let me know .


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    here is an alternative idea, find one in a wrecking yard from 73-90, somebodys allready probably saying they wont fit ,they wont fit, yes they will, 82 and newer they changed the mold as everybody knows, there are two pieces of support metal spot welded to the dash to help support the new square design dash. With a small grinder , being careful of sparks, grind off the spot weld, and you can use a dash out of any year older that is that is in good shape, I happened to find a 1974 that had a spotless dash in it, I mean a totally perfect, so I took it out and put it in my 85 Blazer, I built this thing from the ground up with everything being done exceptionally good, but occasionally you gotta cut cost, this was one way, scour the wrecking yards for a nice one, and it will bolt in using the existing holes, the only other thing thats a little off is the inspection hole for the Vin #, nothing a razor used sparingly wont fix,, hope this was of some help,, by the way I have around $9000 in my Blazer, and its bult to cruise,, my other is built to beat,,

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    You can find the mats at any parts store who can order them. The brand name is Dash Mat and they come in two choice of carpet. Velour and something else, cant remember what they called it and I have this one. I had velour on a different truck, but like the other better. The cost was around $40.00 in your choice of color too. I got mine at Car Quest special order.

    <font color=red>I m so we Todd did.
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    I can't believe anyone has not brought up Classic Industries. They have brand new ones for $200.00. I am ordering one from them. They also come in different colors. Give them a try so that you can tell us what they look like.
     

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