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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:25 am    Post subject: Dash Cover Reply with quote

Hello, I am new to this forum and would like to ask a quick question.
I have a 1974 Super Beetle with a cracked dash, I noticed while looking through the JBugs website that they had a dash cover. Instead of spending 50 bucks and have it look like crap, I would rather ask the community for your opinion.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you take your time installing it, cutting away any curled vinyl around the cracks, making sure the surface is flat, rough up the surface with a 100 grit sand paper, and spread the glue evenly, they can look decent. You won't fool anyone that it's an original dash, but for the money, it's not a bad fix.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plastic or Carbon Fiber?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one on my 1974 Super Beetle. It was installed by the PO in 2005. It still looks good.

Prepare the surface like jhicken said.

I've heard the fiberglass ones hold up better; but mine is ABS plastic, and as I said, it still looks good.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use the ABS plastic. It looks more original.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jhicken wrote:
If you take your time installing it, cutting away any curled vinyl around the cracks, making sure the surface is flat, rough up the surface with a 100 grit sand paper, and spread the glue evenly, they can look decent. You won't fool anyone that it's an original dash, but for the money, it's not a bad fix.

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That's exactly what I did..mine installed and lots great
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jhicken wrote:
If you take your time installing it, cutting away any curled vinyl around the cracks, making sure the surface is flat, rough up the surface with a 100 grit sand paper, and spread the glue evenly, they can look decent. You won't fool anyone that it's an original dash, but for the money, it's not a bad fix.

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X2. There is a "sticky" on here about doing the job. Just follow that and you won't have any problems. It helps to have 2 people to lay it in there just right.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for all the great comments!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know what the climate is like where you are but I can tell you one thing,
unless you are into abstract art the ABS plastic ones definitely don't like Aussie summer time temps

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to agree with Joel about the heat aspect. I put a plastic cap on my 78 convertible and if it is sitting out in the sun with the top down the plastic gets real hot. I don't know what the long term affects would be with that, so now if I have the car sitting out in the sun with the top down for an extended period of time, I throw a towel over the dash to keep the sun from beating on it to help keep the heat off of it. If you have a sedan it may not be as much of as issue but still something to be aware of depending where you live.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here is my dash with the plastic cover
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:42 pm    Post subject: Best Fitting Dash Cover for 1974 Super Reply with quote

Hey Everybody,
I'm pretty much in the same boat with a 1974 Super Beetle. Years ago I ordered a ABS plastic cover, but I never installed it because it just didn't fit right. I just didn't seem to be formed correctly. Does anyone have the fiberglass cover available on JBugs and does fit well. I know the job is simple, I just want something to fit correctly. The plastic one I bought is an EMPI part, # 00-4447-0... and it sucks in my opinion.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a fairly recent picture of my dash. It has an ABS plastic cover that was installed by the PO around 2005.

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I live in Redding, CA where the summer temperatures are only surpassed by Death Valley. 110F for many days on end. When my brother was visiting a few years back, I took him to see the dam. The temperature that day was 116. In other words, it gets hot here.

So what's your beef with your plactic topper?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim Donahoe wrote:
Here is a fairly recent picture of my dash. It has an ABS plastic cover that was installed by the PO around 2005.

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I live in Redding, CA where the summer temperatures are only surpassed by Death Valley. 110F for many days on end. When my brother was visiting a few years back, I took him to see the dam. The temperature that day was 116. In other words, it gets hot here.

So what's your beef with your plactic topper?

Tim


Where did you order it and what brand is it? ...if you don't mind me asking
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't order it. The previous owner did.

I have the receipt, however; he purchased it from MidAmerica Motorworks. It was very cheap back when he bought it. The unit is still inexpensive.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^ that's where mine is from. I've been very happy with it and have no complaints.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is J-BUGS the only place that offers the fiberglass version? Seems like everyone else has the ABS one. I find it hard to comprehend that J-BUGS somehow has exclusivity on them.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like they offer both.

It's not unusual for a distributor to get an exclusive. EIS bought the entire stock of KSR's repro W decklids, which makes them the exclusive dealer of a very unique item offered by nobody else.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Empi, IAP, and JP Group all have a dash cover for 1973-1979 Supers in their wholesale catalogs, so those covers are available to any shop. I'm not sure if they all come from the same manufacturer. Mine is plastic from Empi and one of few non-stock parts that I am using, because I didn't want to spend $1,000 on a new dash. Maybe one day I will have a moment of weakness or find some reason to change my mind, but it hasn't happened yet.

http://www.kaeferland-shop.de/index.php?action=sho...6.07637048

http://www.kaeferland-shop.de/index.php?action=sho...6.07637048

Here's a fiberglass dash for 1973-up Super Beetles from CSP in Germany.

http://www.csp-shop.com/cgi-bin/cshop2/front/shop_...0&all=
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put one of the carpet covers on mine. It turned out good. I put a spot on the dash to hold some odds and ends.

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