Dashboard Replacement

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QuebecFiatSpider
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Dashboard Replacement

Postby QuebecFiatSpider » Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:19 pm

Hi everyone

Let's say I would like to replace the Dashboard in my 1980 Fiat Spider 2000. There is a few alternatives on the market and I would appreciate getting your comments on those. Here are the options I have found up to now :

Ricambi @ 359.99 USD
https://autoricambi.us/collections/inte ... ard-197882

Alison's automotive @ 325.00 USD
http://simpsen.com/store/shop_by_category.php

Mr. Fiat @ 420.00 USD
http://mrfiat.com/fiat-124-spider-black ... 68-82.html

Re-Original @ 464.56 USD
http://reoriginals.com/dashboardsoftmol ... n0152.aspx

Maybe I'm forgoting somes...What are your thoughts and expériences concerning those products? Which on would you all recommend?

Thanks in advance,

TwinFast
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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby TwinFast » Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:47 pm

Fiat 124 Spider 1.8L 1978
Jaguar XKR 4.2L 2009
Harley Davidson Fat Bob 96Ci 2011

TX82FIAT
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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby TX82FIAT » Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:26 pm

That leather cover is new to me. Very nice.. In fact, too nice, I'd really have to go out and buy some new seats to go with that custom stitched dash.
Buon giro a tutti! - enjoy the ride!

82 Fiat Spider 2000
03 BMW M3
07 Chevy Suburban

QuebecFiatSpider
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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby QuebecFiatSpider » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:11 pm

Really interesting that leather cover...thanks.

Anyone, any other comments or experience lived?

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nelsonj
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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby nelsonj » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:18 am

I don't know how much you want to spend, but being on a budget, I went for just a "cap" - less than $100.

http://www.vickauto.com/newstore/index. ... ts_id=2806
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nelsonj
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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby nelsonj » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:19 am

I don't know how much you want to spend, but being on a budget, I went for just a "cap" - less than $100.

http://www.vickauto.com/newstore/index. ... ts_id=2806
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Simi Valley, California
Spider 1800
Romans 10:9

QuebecFiatSpider
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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby QuebecFiatSpider » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:08 am

Hi Nelsonj,

There is already a cap on top of the old cracked one. It looks ok but there seem to have small fitment issues because its adding thickness everywhere...

The previous owner told me he made a mistake by purchasing only a cap and not the full dash...

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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby klweimer » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:17 am

If you already have a cap on your old dash, you will probably have to go with a new dash of some description. There are several threads on this forum of people who have put in new dashes. I'd start there. You could take your current one out and try to take the old cap off, but who knows how that would go?
Kirk

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chrisg
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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby chrisg » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:25 am

it's interesting that the leather cover in the ebay listing is bunched up in the corners. I have a 124 Coupe dash that someone re-did a million or so years ago (alas, aged, sun-baked, crapped out generally today) this way & I get the impression it was rather nice at the time. I always just bought a car with a good dash when i needed a dash in the past, but I suppose these days higher prices & lesser frequency of finding dashes that haven't exploded is are issues. Good luck with yours!
Chris Granju
Knoxville, TN
'71 FIAT 124 Spider (stock, pretty), '72 FIAT 124 Coupe,'76 FIAT 128 Wagon (awesome rat rod), '85 Bertone X 1/9 (FI, efficiency machine) '70 124 Coupe (project,project), 79 X1/9 (hot rod in rehab), '73 124 Spider (2L, mean)

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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby TwinFast » Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:52 pm

Of course, this cap it's not a miracle by itself ... It needs a good shape if you want a perfect result ...

In fact, i don't buy it. I ask the guy who made leather cover for my seats to make a cover for the dash and for the center console. The result was really gorgeous. The real beige leather is simply "perfect".

The leather comes from the french jackets manufacturer : http://www.helstons.net/. The boss give me some leather cow pieces i use for my 78 Fiat Spider.
Fiat 124 Spider 1.8L 1978
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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby AndyVAS » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:55 am

As you listed so many others...

Vick Autosports' new dash is currently on Summer Sale! for $353.35 USD.

http://www.vickauto.com/newstore/index. ... ts_id=2877
Andy Phillips
Vick Auto - Technician, Performance Engine Builder & PFI Developer (with ITBs)
http://www.vickauto.com
Stock parts or Performance parts we've got what you need.

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focodave
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Your car is a: 1980 Spider 2000 F.I.
Location: Fort Collins, CO

Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby focodave » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:43 pm

I went with the Auto Ricambi unit:
https://autoricambi.us/collections/inte ... ard-197882

Here is a picture of mine, installed, before I changed out my steering wheel, shift knob, shift boot, and before I painted my round defroster vent diffusers black:
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I spent quite a bit of time on the glove box door area with a Dremel tool to get everything to line up correctly.
Also I had to Dremel out some material in the gauge area, as well.
I'm not complaining -- just sharing with you that you may have to do some trimming to make everything fit precisely, but the effort is well worth it.
I love the dash -- it looks awesome if I do say so myself!

Dave
1980 Spider 2000 F.I. (my hobby)
1970 MGB GT (my other hobby)
2008 Ford Expedition (daily driver)
2015 Subaru Outback Premier (wife's daily driver)

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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby PhillySpider » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:43 am

I'm curious to see someone install that leather cover. "Stretching and trimming" scares me on that one. I plan to re-fresh my original dash this winter, pulling it, dremmel the crack, fill and paint (flock maybe). I'll likel vinyl wrap the wood dash inserts at that time as well. Thinking stainless or carbon fiber look.

What concerns me is I've tried to get the cluster out a couple times for bulbs, wiring and such and never have been able to figure out how to get the speedo cable off the back of the speedo :(

QuebecFiatSpider
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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby QuebecFiatSpider » Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:23 pm

Thanks focodave for you reply.

Why am I unable to see your pictures?

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Re: Dashboard Replacement

Postby focodave » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:41 pm

Photobucket has taken everyone's pictures hostage, as you will see if you look at other threads within the forum.
They (Photobucket) want to charge us for using third party applications now, so all of my pictures I have posted in the forum are blocked from being viewed :evil: .
Lots of us are having this problem right now.
I am debating on how to fix this for myself.
1980 Spider 2000 F.I. (my hobby)
1970 MGB GT (my other hobby)
2008 Ford Expedition (daily driver)
2015 Subaru Outback Premier (wife's daily driver)


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