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Old 04-10-2009, 08:58 PM
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Dash Pad Replacement, Overlay, or Restoration...???

Hi guys.
I have a 78 Bronco with a cracked dash pad, and am considering which to do to repair; replacing the pad with a new aftermarket, applying an overlay, or recovering the pad myself.

Has anyone had success in recovering these pads?
Seems like it would take a very thin vinyl to stretch over the sharp curves to recover....?

Thanks for any ideas or opinions,
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The dash pad for the '78 and '79 Bronco is the same as the '73 to '79 F-series pickup trucks. It is very simple and would not be hard to re-cover once you get it off, but there will be a ton of prep work to get the old pad ready to re-cover.

The Coverlay dash pad cover ( part # 12-103 ) comes in ten colors CLICK HERE is less than $100 and is simple to install without taking the original pad off.

I don't know what a new aftermarket dash pad would cost.
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The dash pad cover at LMCTruck is about a 100 bucks http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/fc/full.aspx?Page=31 with the dash pad at $300.
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Many thanks Dan and Bluesman.
For 100 bucks, it's not worth the aggravation
to remove and recover the dash, so I've ordered
one of the Coverlay overlays.

There are several favorable posts here about the
overlays, so I'm hoping it'll look OK. The Bronco is
a driver, not a showcar, that's why I rejected the
more expensive pad.
I'll post back after installation.
Thanks again.
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As discussed on here in other post with Dan .I have used the dashpad covers before and the really looked nice when done.just remember to clean and prep really well so the glue will do its best job also.Dan does know his stuff.cole
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OK, I just had to post back on this. I ordered a
Coverlay dash cover direct from the factory because
they offered an unusual color (green) that the other
suppliers didn't have.
It looks great! Shipping was prompt, fit is excellent,
and I highly recommend these covers.

In fact the fit was so good, after snapping it in for a
test fit I just left it on, and didn't bother with the
silicone adhesive that came with the cover.

Should I reconsider using the adhesive on it? As long as
it dosen't buckle or rattle, any other reason to glue
it down....?
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You should silicone it down so it doesn't warp from the sun.
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You should silicone it down so it doesn't warp from the sun.
Good reason; I'll do it.
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