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14 minutes ago, flh73 said:

I ordered my "Dashtop" from CARiD at $154 free shipping.  Decided to paint myself to try and match it best.   Probably use SEM paint from paint supply house. It said will ship in 3-5 days we'll see.

Be sure to keep us updated.  

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12 hours ago, pyntre said:

3A46B51C-9119-40D5-AF9C-6A4F09D49830.png.8aa59bda983471904a5032790d5746ea.pngthese are the folks that make them ,,, nice people ,,, I  have one in my 65 ,,, very nice fit

TXdashes makes a cap as well.  They're priced at $148 on their website

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NO ... txdashes is a vendor OF 

DASHTOPS ... txdashes does not make the parts , only resells them ... the Riviera caps are made in Reno Nevada by Palco Industries

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On 5/17/2018 at 7:23 AM, PWB said:

I just got a quote from Just Dashes on a ‘73 Monte.

about 1g for basic service. Another 150 for cracked speaker area and about 200 for paint match. (Black is standard)

 

 

On 5/17/2018 at 8:26 AM, flh73 said:

I ordered my "Dashtop" from CARiD at $154 free shipping.  Decided to paint myself to try and match it best.   Probably use SEM paint from paint supply house. It said will ship in 3-5 days we'll see.

 

On 5/16/2018 at 3:21 PM, Loren@65GS.com said:

 

 I ordered one of the dash pads from OPGI on February 14, 2018.  Haven't received it yet and now been told possible delivery of mid July.  They didn't wait to get payment though.

 

  Loren 

Loren, is it possible to have your dash covered by an upholsterer in your area? One of the shops in my area said he would cover my dash with matching color in leather 

ted Riviera bob

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On 5/16/2018 at 5:23 PM, RivNut said:

I found a picture of Kaber's 63 Riviera with the ABS dash cap installed. His has been dyed to match the rest of the interior.

 

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Ed, how about having a dash recover with matching vinyl or leather?

Red Riviera Bob

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I did that once on my 63 says number of years ago.  There's nothing wrong with it.  Leather wouldn't be correct and would be really expensive.  The problem with vinyl is that you have to use something that's fairly thin so it fits but being thin means it's not going to be very durable.  If it's glued down, it will "crack" as the original dash beneath it cracks. It will also show the original work underneath it.   If you're going for a driver, I'd go with the cap; if youre going for something you want to resell for $50K, then you'd better go with Just Dashes.

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It shipped and arrived in less than two weeks.  I like the look and grain is really close.  Once painted should do really good.  Now onto fit. Tried test fitting, side to side looks good but I’ve been unable to get it to clear the windshield. It seem simply too tight. I may have to remove dash to complete the install. I don’t really mind if this is my only option.  I thought I read some simply slipped on without taking it out. 

 

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If youre referring to installing a cap, all you should need to do is remove the four screws under the face of the dash then slide it toward you.  That should give you room to fit it, then push it forward and screw it back in place.

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Dashtop is installed and painted.  A problem came up when in the sun.  It wants to pucker through the middle when heated.  This is not a good look.  I follow the direction to NOT glue the center and only glue the edge.  when cool it sits flat with no issues and a good look.  I guess I'll call Palco help line Monday to see whats up. 

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                    I think you are going to find that it will be necessary to glue it down in the area where it wants to

pucker with 3M weatherstrip cement. One thing good about the dash cap is that it has the pinpoint grain which is correct.

The dash pads OPGI is selling have incorrect madrid grain like the seat upholstery. One thing that amuses me about the OPGI

catalog is that they sprinkle pictures of the interiors of correctly restored cars with very immaculate correct interiors that don't

have any of the crappy interior parts they sell installed in them. In the steering wheel section they show a picture of a 65

model interior with an immaculate correct factory wood steering wheel to go on the page where they are hawking their aftermarket

Chevrolet style wood steering wheels, and they show a gorgeous original dash pad next to the incorrect grain repros they are hawking. Hilarious!

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I think it would possible to find at least one incorrect listing on each page of their catalog.  Yet they're still in business.  Which buyers are keeping them afloat?

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On 5/26/2018 at 7:51 PM, flh73 said:

It shipped and arrived in less than two weeks.  I like the look and grain is really close.  Once painted should do really good.  Now onto fit. Tried test fitting, side to side looks good but I’ve been unable to get it to clear the windshield. It seem simply too tight. I may have to remove dash to complete the install. I don’t really mind if this is my only option.  I thought I read some simply slipped on without taking it out. 

 

Anyhow onto pictures. F013BE49-1238-4836-A520-0DD6E1951295.jpeg.687057f2dddd9c41b0837543d47da0d9.jpegFEB3BE5C-54A9-4EF8-B250-82DA792A48EE.jpeg.0ec4d5f1eb09d7c1994d127e27af5f53.jpeg72DCFFCE-2540-4F7F-A342-360CAD69FDD0.jpeg.a5089943eef5586448f392bd2a0ecae2.jpeg

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Is the last close up photo of the vent the final look?  

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No, the dash was pulled (quite easy four screws as Ed explained).  Cleaned dash. lightly sanded and cleaned again.  The cover fit properly off the car with some minor adjustments.  The issue is fitting the cover while the dash is still installed.  With the slope and how tight the windshield fits to the dash this is not possible.  once the cover is fitted off the car and glued it slid back into place and fit properly.  Pictures coming of final install. 

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3 hours ago, flh73 said:

No, the dash was pulled (quite easy four screws as Ed explained).  Cleaned dash. lightly sanded and cleaned again.  The cover fit properly off the car with some minor adjustments.  The issue is fitting the cover while the dash is still installed.  With the slope and how tight the windshield fits to the dash this is not possible.  once the cover is fitted off the car and glued it slid back into place and fit properly.  Pictures coming of final install. 

Gary,

 

I have a question about one of the cars you have listed in your signature.   Buick did not produce a Riviera in 1994.   ????

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Ed,

 

I know accuracy is important. When I originally made my profile I thought it was a 94 but you corrected me so it must have been a 95. Can’t remeber all cars especially the ones I don’t work on that much. So I’ve tried to go and change this error in my profile, unfortunately I’ve been unsuccessful. 

 

Adding finished dashtop pictures.  Came out nice. At first I thought it’s was to glossy but once installed I like it. 01771BDE-CD13-40E6-9CD8-32E7D5581B61.thumb.jpeg.8f9f759ee1a3b884ac70e2317cf2a49b.jpeg

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