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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:01 pm    Post subject: Custom Dash Reply with quote

Hello,

Can anyone who has replaced/customized and or upgraded their dash please post pictures? I'm very curious to see on whats available for upgrades or custom work to improve on the stock dash. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super? Standard? If you have a super, check out page 16 of my build thread

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4...;start=300

There's more than a few topics about custom dashes-- we just did one about 2 weeks ago-- you'll find it if you use the search function
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the dash in my '74 Super:

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Custom machined aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminium offset by anodized black hex head bolts. When I redo the car, I'm going to keep the aluminium and wrap the dash in leather too.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nepenthe88 wrote:
Super? Standard? If you have a super, check out page 16 of my build thread

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4...;start=300

There's more than a few topics about custom dashes-- we just did one about 2 weeks ago-- you'll find it if you use the search function


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are those 3 series seats? looks killer.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thebornotaku wrote:
Are those 3 series seats? looks killer.


Good eye. They're stock Recaro's from a two-seater '96 BMW M3. Heated. Power. Super comfy and easy to fit in a bug (if you have a welder). Keep an eye on CL. All sorts of fun stuff comes up from time to time. The guy I got these from was rally racing his M3 and didn't want to deal with the additional weight of the power / heat mechanisms so "upgraded" to manual racing Recaros with a 5 point harness. I think I got these for $200. That's right around what someone would spend on new seat covers / padding for bug seats. It was an easy choice. Here's another pic of the dash:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a sweetass dash.

I've been meaning to upgrade the seats in my Volvo to something else. I've been eyeing E30 Sport seats, not the M3 ones but the ones that the convertibles and the "is" models came with.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, lets just say that I Daily drove the Super all summer, got used to those seats and now... everything else is like sitting on a sack of potatoes....
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nepenthe88 wrote:
well, lets just say that I Daily drove the Super all summer, got used to those seats and now... everything else is like sitting on a sack of potatoes....


Haha, I'll bet.

The Volvo's seats are nice (both Volvos I have, actually), really comfy but unfortunately not very supportive. The Super has custom seats in it that are really supportive but a little hard. I definitely plan on redoing the seats with memory foams in the bottom and back, and hard foam for the bolsters.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thebornotaku wrote:
Here's the dash in my '74 Super:

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Custom machined aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminium offset by anodized black hex head bolts. When I redo the car, I'm going to keep the aluminium and wrap the dash in leather too.


Iv been looking for one like yours Who makes them ? I made one but it looks like crap .
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jamies74sb wrote:
thebornotaku wrote:
Here's the dash in my '74 Super:

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Custom machined aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminium offset by anodized black hex head bolts. When I redo the car, I'm going to keep the aluminium and wrap the dash in leather too.


Iv been looking for one like yours Who makes them ? I made one but it looks like crap .


Completely custom. Made for my car. It was made probably 15-20 years ago, my mom had it custom commissioned.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The dash was cracked so I put a dash pad on it but cut part of the dash out and found some matching carpet to put in it. Now I can put stuff up on the dash. Also changed the steering wheel.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

68 standard, early column, no switches on dash, filled ashtray, early love box door, euro vents, filled dash.......

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:51 am    Post subject: Re: Custom Dash Reply with quote

Hi, still don't know whether mitchpei has a Super or a standard.

Been a while since I touted my dash on here, so if mitchpei has a super and for those of you that have not seen it here goes . You can read the build on www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=489809 Sorry it's a left hooker.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Custom billet aluminum with vinyl insert
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Custom Dash Reply with quote

Nigelbug wrote:
Hi, still don't know whether mitchpei has a Super or a standard.

Been a while since I touted my dash on here, so if mitchpei has a super and for those of you that have not seen it here goes . You can read the build on www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=489809 Sorry it's a left hooker.


Excellent job on the dash. I saw you got a lot of well deserved praise in the posted thread.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is my dash panel - kinda like thebornotaku - mine is not as nice - I just sourced some 1/8" aluminium from a internet supplier ripped it to size with a table saw and a little file and grinder work and voila - I must say if Nigel would start selling his dash with wheel on the proper side of the car I would be on that in a heartbeat.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have those same seats.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The dash was cracked so I put a dash pad on it but cut part of the dash out and found some matching carpet to put in it. Now I can put stuff up on the dash. Also changed the steering wheel.


What steering wheel is that?
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