Here’s what the dash top looked like when I got 701R:
After lots of glueing and Bondo and sanding and layers of vinyl spray paint, it looked like this:
Pretty dreadful, but I was going to cover it with a dash mat I bought on Ebay:
However, it no longer fitted properly in the car – probably warping and too much material build up when I used the Bondo:
(The dash vent covers are replacements which I 3D-printed in ABS – they are not an exact match of the originals.)
So, I decided to trash the dash, and make one myself – it couldn’t look much worse, could it?!
First I measured and cut a piece of plywood to fit the windscreen edge and overhang the dash by a couple of inches:
Then I cut a 4ft length of wood to the curved shape of the upper edge of the dash, and screwed/glued it to the plywood:
Using 1/2″ thick foam, I cut a piece for the top:
… and pieces for the underside leading edge:
which I then glued in place. Then I covered the whole thing in naugahyde:
and fitted it:
Now to finish the appearance I need some cheeks to fill out these gaps at both sides:
I think this will be a tricky design and print for my 3D printer, but will start experimenting. I’d welcome other suggestions for how to block off those gaps.