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mod55
09-19-2012, 01:40 PM
I am restoring my 55 Speedster and am stuck on the dash. Can anyone tell me what the material was used for the dash? Mine has some warping and I need to know how to restore to it's correct position. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm sure someone out there has had a similar problem with a warping dash. please help!

thanks so much!!!
Mod55

5brown1
09-20-2012, 09:41 AM
I believe it is ABS. I used some ABS shavings from black plumbing fittings mixed with ABS glue to make a slurry to patch cracks. It adhered well. I reinforced some with mesh tape. Just apply several thin coats or it will take quite a while to dry. I am learning to live with the warping.
I did see a Speedster dash at the International that had been covered with vinyl. That allowed repair (filling I assume) of the warped areas and looked very nice.

bezhawk
09-20-2012, 09:08 PM
It was originally made from a material called "Royalite" what ever that was! It might be possible to use a heat gun, and reform it , then cool it with a spray mist of water when it's close to the desired shape. Work it in small areas.

5brown1
09-21-2012, 06:34 AM
Using heat on it would scare me. I have heard that Rene Harger with Southeast Studebaker has reproduced the dash.

mod55
09-24-2012, 11:40 AM
I've heard from a couple of different sources that applying heat could create even more problems. so that scares me a bit. I'll reach out to Rene at Southwest. I already purchased an 'engine turned' dash panel from him...nice!

Swiss-Goldenhawk
10-08-2012, 02:49 AM
A bit off-topic, but I just saw a 1955 Speedster dash on Ebay, wow.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1955-Studebaker-SPEEDSTER-Dash-with-overlay-and-CLOCK-/160897103175?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item257636f547&vxp=mtr