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tomnoller
03-11-2008, 07:59 AM
I bought a (SI) dash cover for my 63 Daytona project and notice it's an almost too tight fit. Don't really want to pound this thing on. The dash isn't back in the car yet and I realize it'll be easier to use clamps while it's on the workbench.
Anyone have the same dilemma? I'm hesitant to apply heat and sure don't want to clip the sides off, for goodness sakes. Looks like I slather the silicone and squeeze everything on.

Western Washington, USA

jackb
03-11-2008, 09:07 AM
I spoke at length with a fellow chapter member (mechanic) who installed the cap on a 63' Lark. He insisted that you need to trim & heat in order to get it to fit. He told me it took him ~4+ hours to get the thing done. I'm assuming removal & install......

jackb
03-11-2008, 09:07 AM
I spoke at length with a fellow chapter member (mechanic) who installed the cap on a 63' Lark. He insisted that you need to trim & heat in order to get it to fit. He told me it took him ~4+ hours to get the thing done. I'm assuming removal & install......

tomnoller
03-11-2008, 09:32 AM
Good heavens, Jack. For what you pay you'd think they could be made ready to go on without too much fuss.

tomnoller
03-11-2008, 09:32 AM
Good heavens, Jack. For what you pay you'd think they could be made ready to go on without too much fuss.

StudeRich
03-11-2008, 11:22 AM
Tom, on all of the '63's I have seen including the 3 we have here, the right hand front corner in front of the glove box opening is lifting from shrinkage and sun exposure, and would be the worst part to get a cover to go over. I don't think they could be expected to fit all of the different shapes of these old dashes. Everyone I have ever talked to that has installed one said the same thing "what a B**** to install"!

So I guess all you can do is hang in there, lube it up, heat it a bit and stretch that sucker! [:0]

We're all here to help ya know!! :D:D

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

StudeRich
03-11-2008, 11:22 AM
Tom, on all of the '63's I have seen including the 3 we have here, the right hand front corner in front of the glove box opening is lifting from shrinkage and sun exposure, and would be the worst part to get a cover to go over. I don't think they could be expected to fit all of the different shapes of these old dashes. Everyone I have ever talked to that has installed one said the same thing "what a B**** to install"!

So I guess all you can do is hang in there, lube it up, heat it a bit and stretch that sucker! [:0]

We're all here to help ya know!! :D:D

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

tomnoller
03-11-2008, 04:22 PM
I managed to get it 'snapped in' with a minimum of frustration, knowing it's one of those [u]pita</u> moments.

http://www.tomnoller.com/day25.JPG


Thanks for the advice!

Western Washington, USA

tomnoller
03-11-2008, 04:22 PM
I managed to get it 'snapped in' with a minimum of frustration, knowing it's one of those [u]pita</u> moments.

http://www.tomnoller.com/day25.JPG


Thanks for the advice!

Western Washington, USA

63t-cab
03-11-2008, 04:36 PM
My feeling is all of the repo dashes have the same(do'nt fit problem)5 years ago my Father bought a dash from SI for his Avanti.and it would NOT fit,so he drove all the way to IN. and he and to other fellas picked through the pile of dashes and got the best one.got all the way home and it fit a little better,but not real pleasing and so noe I live with it !like you said it should at least fit without force !

Joseph R. Zeiger

63t-cab
03-11-2008, 04:36 PM
My feeling is all of the repo dashes have the same(do'nt fit problem)5 years ago my Father bought a dash from SI for his Avanti.and it would NOT fit,so he drove all the way to IN. and he and to other fellas picked through the pile of dashes and got the best one.got all the way home and it fit a little better,but not real pleasing and so noe I live with it !like you said it should at least fit without force !

Joseph R. Zeiger

61hawk
03-11-2008, 04:51 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudeRich


So I guess all you can do is hang in there, lube it up, heat it a bit and stretch that sucker! [:0]


Speaking of which, anybody heard from Calvin lately???

61hawk
03-11-2008, 04:51 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudeRich


So I guess all you can do is hang in there, lube it up, heat it a bit and stretch that sucker! [:0]


Speaking of which, anybody heard from Calvin lately???

StudeMichael
03-11-2008, 06:23 PM
When I did mine Tom on my 1963 Daytona I peeled the old dash completely off. It works much better that way.

1957 Packard Clipper
1958 Golden Hawk
1963 Daytona Convertible
1963 R2 Daytona
1963 R2 GT Hawk
1963 R1 Wagonaire
1963 R4 Avanti
1964 Champ
1966 Cruiser

StudeMichael
03-11-2008, 06:23 PM
When I did mine Tom on my 1963 Daytona I peeled the old dash completely off. It works much better that way.

1957 Packard Clipper
1958 Golden Hawk
1963 Daytona Convertible
1963 R2 Daytona
1963 R2 GT Hawk
1963 R1 Wagonaire
1963 R4 Avanti
1964 Champ
1966 Cruiser

mbstude
03-12-2008, 10:09 AM
I put one on my dash, and it was relativily easy. I had to trim some of the old dash off, and the new one fit like a glove. Didn't take anywhere near 4 hours though. :)

Here ya go.

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=14174&SearchTerms=dash+is+done

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-8.jpg

mbstude
03-12-2008, 10:09 AM
I put one on my dash, and it was relativily easy. I had to trim some of the old dash off, and the new one fit like a glove. Didn't take anywhere near 4 hours though. :)

Here ya go.

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=14174&SearchTerms=dash+is+done

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-8.jpg

tomnoller
03-12-2008, 01:53 PM
Thanks everybody! Looks good Matthew.
StudeMichael, I tried a slow peel at first but it wasn't very cooperative.
If it was all easy, there wouldn't be the challenge, right?

Western Washington, USA

tomnoller
03-12-2008, 01:53 PM
Thanks everybody! Looks good Matthew.
StudeMichael, I tried a slow peel at first but it wasn't very cooperative.
If it was all easy, there wouldn't be the challenge, right?

Western Washington, USA