Your gauges provide a daily physical exam for your engine! Sixties and Seventies muscle cars, many of which are today's modified street machines, came with "idiot" lights or only the bare minimum of actual gauges. Add-on aftermarket gauges were required to really tell what was mechanically going on with rpm, oil, water, amps, trans fluid, etc. Today, we also need to monitor boost pressure, fuel pressure and more. In this case the "more" means more gauges.
After almost four decades of use, the original dash in our Olds project vehicle needs help. It's completely dried out, cracking and totally discolored. We contacted the folks at Just Dashes, in Van Nuys, CA to work their magic on the pad. If you have your original vent grilles, include them with your pad for proper fitting during restoration.
For the last five years, during the early days of April, the Mopar faithful make their yearly pilgrimage to the city of Lost Wages. Just north of the strip, and right alongside Highway 15 is the beautiful Las Vegas Speedway. … The show field was jammed with cars from all the surrounding states, and there were some outstanding examples of Thirties through Seventies models on display. There is never a lack of colorful vehicles at a Mopar show, and this was no exception.
Chevy's 1978-'88 Monte Carlo and El Camino share the same dash pad. These vehicles are finally coming into their own with both restorers and custom vehicle builders, and in many cases the old original vinyl dash is a problem. Since there are no reproductions available, and a quarter century old original will surely crack as well, restoration is the best choice.
If you have a dash pad that is torn or cracked there is a solution regardless of year, make or model. Just Dashes in Van Nuys, California can turn that old dash pad into one that looks brand new. We followed an early GTO dash pad through the restoration process and were amazed by the Thermo Vacuum Forming process and their quality of craftsmanship.
Brad Ocock, who works for Super Rod and Truck Builder
magazines, returned to Just Dashes to cover the restoration
of a '67 GTO/LeMans dash pad and our latest creation,
a full dash pad with gauge pods for the 1968 through
1972 GM/GMC trucks.
In the late Fifties most American car manufacturers
moved away from sewn material upholstery for seats and
door panels in favor of more durable vinyl. Dielectrically
stamped, multi-colored and patterned door panels and
seat covers were an instant success with the automotive
Restoring the dash and arm rests on the 911/912 models.
Jim Mattison, of the Pontiac Historical Society, is
restoring a 1962 Pontiac Catalina and contacted Just
Dashes to have his dash pad restored. We've worked with
Jim before and know he's very particular about the cars
Just Dashes is the only interior restoration company
in the universe that can restore a complete Mopar interior,
including the hard plastic parts like door and kick
panels. Our reputation for concours quality is known
world wide, so it was only natural for the editors of
MOPAR MUSCLE to come to us for a dash restoration.
of a well-worn center console.
Super Rod, a publication of Buckeroo Publishing, visited
Just Dashes to create an article on the restoration
of a well-worn center console.
Just Dashes is always happy when magazine editors drop
by to talk restoration projects and bench race about
their favorite cars. Recently, Dick DeLoach, senior
technical editor of Lowrider Magazine and Ron Aguirre,
a well-known southern California car builder and customizer,
Until now there was no way to match the same factory
colors without installing a new interior kit. Just Dashes,
the pioneer in concours quality vinyl interior parts
restoration, now has introducted the "FADE AWAY" Interior
Recoloring System, which will allow you to recolor your
original interior parts at home.
If you're considering converting from crank up to power
windows for your Challenger or 'Cuda, or vice versa,
Just Dashes has the door panel solution to make the
After having spent serious dollars in the past finding
and redying a good original pad, only to have it eventually
crack, this time I am having a total restoration done
by Just Dashes. This way it will take another three
decades of abuse before it needs another restoration.
Wrinkled, drooping, lackluster and old . . .
we are referring to that unsightly original Mustang
dashpad that you have been looking at for so long, but
not doing anything about.
. . . after a quarter century . . . and the elements
constantly beating up vinyl parts, many headrests are
finally showing the scars of battle. Split seams, cracking
and warpage are common problems that, up until now,
would require searching for a set of decent originals
and dying them the correct color.
Some things stand the test of time better than others.
But eventually, Mother Nature can break even the hardest
rock, leveling the tallest mountains. If time and the
elements can pulverize Granite, what do you think can
happen to your Corvette's dash board?