Dash wood panels for my 81 Fiat Spider FI

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Docdawg
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Dash wood panels for my 81 Fiat Spider FI

Postby Docdawg » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:06 pm

Does anyone know where I can get the wood dash panels for my 81 Fiat or know a source that makes these panels?

SeattleSpider
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Re: Dash wood panels for my 81 Fiat Spider FI

Postby SeattleSpider » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:29 pm

Check out Allison's Automotive:

allisonsautomotive.com

In the "Interior" section he has a number of options for new dash panels in a number of different woods (or at least stains).

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Re: Dash wood panels for my 81 Fiat Spider FI

Postby SeattleSpider » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:35 pm

I see that Spider Point Parts in Germany has them as well . . . but . . . being Germany, they are more expensive and shipping is more. Just in case you are interested:

http://www.spider-point.com/fiat-spider ... r.html?p=5

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joelittel
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Re: Dash wood panels for my 81 Fiat Spider FI

Postby joelittel » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:23 am

I got mine from Gary at CGWoodcraft.

http://www.cgwoodcraft.com/vintage.html

The site says British automotive interior pieces but he makes FIAT bits as well.

Very high quality product.

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Re: Dash wood panels for my 81 Fiat Spider FI

Postby PhillySpider » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:35 am

Docdawg wrote:Does anyone know where I can get the wood dash panels for my 81 Fiat or know a source that makes these panels?

Craigslist or Ebay always have them. Location?

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Re: Dash wood panels for my 81 Fiat Spider FI

Postby DieselSpider » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:04 pm

Have you considered making them yourself?

Anyone with some basic wood working tools and ability should be able to make them with hand tools such as a coping saw, bit brace and sanding block.

They are just veneered/laminated flat sheet stock with a few holes cut/drilled in them after all and nothing really all that fancy. Many would probably be able to pick up the less exotic woods locally for less than the cost of shipping.

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Re: Dash wood panels for my 81 Fiat Spider FI

Postby RRoller123 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:43 pm

It isn't that difficult, and there are a couple of very detailed threads here on veneering them yourself. veneersupplies.com is excellent, and you can use regular Titebond II glue (NOT III) and a simple home made plywood press. I did mine in Madrone Burl. Cost about 50 bucks total. The one trick you need to know is to Exacto close, but SAND to the edge, carefully. "Chipping is the enemy of veneer."

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=30180&hilit=veneer

The pics in the above link have been trashed by photobucket, but I will add a few new ones.

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'80 FI Spider 2000 (rolling "resto")
'74 X1/9 (many years ago)
'79 X1/9 (fewer years ago)
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Re: Dash wood panels for my 81 Fiat Spider FI

Postby spider2081 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:35 am

Great do it yourself post RRoller
Part of owning these cars is doing the work ourselves. I did something similar to yours accept I tried self adhesive veneer. I think the sheet of walnut was about $35 and used a spar varnish on it. I did purchase the hard rubber roller recommended for install and installed it on the original dash panels. Sorry I don't have photos but it came pretty good. I am pleased with the outcome. Will have to see how it holds up in the car.

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Re: Dash wood panels for my 81 Fiat Spider FI

Postby RRoller123 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:31 am

Thanks, this was one of the best projects for the car, in terms of return for the effort. It really isn't that hard, just takes a little patience.

Spar Varnish YES! Multiple coats, and after it was "dried" (as far as it will dry) I added a coating of hard "Butcher's" wax, applied with a 220 sandpaper, and it smoothed it right out.
'80 FI Spider 2000 (rolling "resto")
'74 X1/9 (many years ago)
'79 X1/9 (fewer years ago)
'86 Jaguar XJ6 (2nd Hobby Car)
2011 Chevy Malibu (daily driver)
2010 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Ext Cab 4WD/SB
2015 Keystone Montana High Country 343RL


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