I've tried locating a replacement dash with no success......does anyone have a idea on how to fix this problem? I see no way of fixing this and making it look good since the plastic is textured??? Any suggestions?
Best bet is ebay. I just got another dash for my 1655 which is in better shape then what was on it but it still has some imperfections. Just keep an eye out for one. You could also do like tweidman did with his and make a new dash out of metal.
What I did with mine was as soon as I noticed it was starting to wear thru.I mean just starting to wear thru.I took the dash off and on the backside I put a thin layer of fiberglass and resin.Once it was set I did the front where it was starting to wear thru I used just the fiberglass resin and filled in the area of wear with resin.Did this a few years ago and its still good.When I first bought my 1655 the dash had cracks and was ready to break so,I glued the cracks and then on the inside of the dash I roughed it all up and applied a couple coats of fiberglass and resin.I had to drill holes for the gauges and switches & throttle.It been good ever since as it stiffened up the plastic.I was lucky as there was no plastic missing just cracked. Of course once it was all done I painted it gloss balck and gave it a clear coat as well,it still looks like new today.Larry
Cool, When winter comes I'll tear it apart and try the fiberglass thing......I have no pieces missing yet but a few wear spots through just where the hood pinch on windlace makes contact with the dash.......not a real big deal but it just bugs me......like to keep my stuff in top shape and close to original with modern upgrades!! Thanks for all the info! Luke
My 1655 dash is just starting to crack where the hood closes on it.My plan,although I haven't really looked at it too close,is to reinforce to lip by taking a piece of flat bar (probably 1/8" or 3/16" thick ),and bending it to match the contour of the dash,and possibly epoxying it to the underside of the lip.At least that is my plan as of now.