View Full Version : Interior: need help with Speedster dash restoration

09-19-2012, 02:40 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!!!

09-20-2012, 10:41 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.

09-20-2012, 10:08 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It was originally made from a material called "Royalite" what ever that was!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.

09-21-2012, 07:34 AM
Using heat on it would scare me. I have heard that Rene Harger with Southeast Studebaker has reproduced the dash.

09-24-2012, 12:40 PM
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!

10-08-2012, 03:49 AM
A bit off-topic, but I just saw a 1955 Speedster dash on Ebay, wow.