The dash top and crash pads are cracked and
split but the dash face is really interesting. At first I thought it was a rare dash with
a vertical veneer. Upon closer inspection it was evident that, not only was the walnut (?)
veneer gone, but, the first layer of plywood veneer was also gone! Hence the vertical grain. I have a different and unorthodox
After about 30 minutes work it's looking better
already. First thing to do was to strip away the top veneer. After years of exposure to
the sun it was in pretty bad shape and basically "fell" off with a little help
from a 1" chisel. Some sanding and it'll be ready for the new
Quite a difference from the pictures up above.
I still need to work on the glove box door and may or may not reuse the original latch. I
can't decide if it's supposed to be put in at an angle or if someone just did a lousy
installation job. The problem is..... it looks real weird the way it was as can be seen in
the top photo. I also decided not to recess the chrome instrument bezel into the dash. I
like it better when you can see all of the bezel.
Well, here's a close up of the new finish.....
yup, it's burlwood. All it needs now is a bunch of finish coats.
|I like the new dash finish a lot