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    Hello all,
    Now that I'm home for the summer, it is time to do some much needed repair work on the Commander. The car is in great shape so I am just replacing a hose here and fixing a clock there. Anyhow, the dash on my car is virtually perfect - I was even told by one of the judges at a national meet that it is one of the nicest originals he has ever seen. While it is nice, it has a minor 1/2 in to 3/4 inch long split in it. My concern is that it will continue to spread. At a 1/2 inch every 40 years, Im not too concerned. But I was wondering if anyone has ever found a way to prevent the spread of dash cracks in these cars? Any ideas would be great. If it was your car, what would you do?

    Thanks,
    Nate

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    If it's a split by the speaker at the left bottom corner, I think they all do that. I don't know if that could be repaired by Dr. Vinyl or not. Sasco still has 64-66 dash covers available in green that can be dyed if it bothers you that much.

    quote:Originally posted by Studenut65

    Hello all,
    Now that I'm home for the summer, it is time to do some much needed repair work on the Commander. The car is in great shape so I am just replacing a hose here and fixing a clock there. Anyhow, the dash on my car is virtually perfect - I was even told by one of the judges at a national meet that it is one of the nicest originals he has ever seen. While it is nice, it has a minor 1/2 in to 3/4 inch long split in it. My concern is that it will continue to spread. At a 1/2 inch every 40 years, Im not too concerned. But I was wondering if anyone has ever found a way to prevent the spread of dash cracks in these cars? Any ideas would be great. If it was your car, what would you do?

    Thanks,
    Nate
    ________________________
    Mark Anderson
    1965 Cruiser
    http://home.alltel.net/anderm

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    • #3
      Apply Armor-All on a regular basis. It blocks UV rays that age the vinyl.

      BTW, I treat the vinyl windows in convertibles (inside and out) with this stuff. Even tho you wipe it to where you can't tell it's there, my windows have NOT yellowed with age, nor gotten brittle.[:0] Not even in this mean, ol' California sun![}]

      Miscreant at large.

      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
      1960 Larkvertible V8
      1958 Provincial wagon
      1953 Commander coupe
      1957 President 2-dr
      1955 President State
      1951 Champion Biz cpe
      1963 Daytona project FS
      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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      • #4
        Thanks Cruiser and Biggs,
        The small crack doesn't bother me at all...however, I want to keep it small. I will do the Armor-All treatment. If I take it to car shows where it will be in the sun, I put a window shade up to keep the dash cool. I guess thats all that can be done. Oh, and Biggs, you nailed the spot right on - its right by the speaker.

        Nate

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        • #5
          Thanks Cruiser and Biggs,
          The small crack doesn't bother me at all...however, I want to keep it small. I will do the Armor-All treatment. If I take it to car shows where it will be in the sun, I put a window shade up to keep the dash cool. I guess thats all that can be done. Oh, and 65Cruiser, you nailed the spot right on - its right by the speaker.

          Nate

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          • #6
            Also, for everyday use, you might wanna have one of those custom-fitted covers made - the kind that basically sit on top of the dash pad.

            Miscreant at large.

            1957 Transtar 1/2ton
            1960 Larkvertible V8
            1958 Provincial wagon
            1953 Commander coupe
            1957 President 2-dr
            1955 President State
            1951 Champion Biz cpe
            1963 Daytona project FS
            No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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            • #7
              In the summer of 2002 at the North Central Zone Meet in Gering, Nebraska a fellow with a 1965 Cruiser from New Mexico had a custom-made dash pad that I believe he said he ordered through Pep Boys for a minimal price (I forget what it was). Might be worth looking into! My 1963 Cruiser dash has a small crack also...same place as everyone else's...to the left of the speaker running "southwest!"

              Studedude1961
              --1963 Cruiser

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              • #8
                This is what I'm going to use on my 63:
                http://dashmat.com/dashmat/index.html

                Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
                South Georgia Chapter
                63 Daytona HT (project)
                51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
                52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

                MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
                http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
                And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo
                And here too: http://photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

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