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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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New and Improved Dash Panel

Here are some before and after pictures of my dash panel. I found some vinyl film that was cheap, easy to work with, and exactly the right shade to re-do my sun-faded dash.

I also replaced the fuel gauge with one whose needle wasn't faded, and exchanged the 80 mph/km speedo for a 120 mph speedo with no metric and also a nice bright needle.

While I had it apart, I also installed the switch for the Audiovox cruise control I'm going to put in later.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-03-2016, 12:32 AM
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Re: New and Improved Dash Panel

Looking good Eldon!
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Thanks, Ron.

I guess you can stop looking for a dash panel for me now!

I got one for $20 on Ebay that came from Oregon.... not too far from where you are, at least compared to me. I used it to practice on to see how well the vinyl would work. The real bonus was that it had the piece from either a floor shift or manual car that covers up the PRND21 you can see in the "before" picture. I did have one I made myself out of a piece from a passenger side dash panel, but the proper one looks better.

Like most things I do, if you get up close you can see that it's not a perfect job, but the vinyl came in a 9 foot roll so I've got lots left if I ever need to do it over.

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Nice job, Eldon. Did you need to use any adhesive? Must be nice to go over 80 mph, eh? And, you upgraded your trash bag too! The cruise control will be nice for when you drive down here again, though it's just another sign you're getting soft, Eldon. Soft.

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It is actually peel and stick and can be pulled off and replaced as many times as necessary - very easy to work with.

I've wanted a cruise control in the Granada since 1995 when we moved back to BC from Ottawa. We drove back in the Granada because the auto hauler they contracted wouldn't move a car that was over 15 years old because they didn't want to get into an argument about value if anything happened. It was still bone stock at that point so KBB value would have probably been around $200.... but I digress!

We were allowed nine days to drive back but the movers said if we could get there in six days, they could unload everything direct into the new place rather than unloading into storage, reloading, then unloading again. We did it, but it meant some long days. I did all the driving, and I found the only place I got sore was my right heel. I could move everything else around without having to take breaks, but my right foot had to stay put while we were driving because the car didn't have a cruise control. I swore if I ever did a long roadie in that car again, I would put in a cruise control first.

One of the things on my bucket list is to take the Granada and cruise Main St. in the town I grew up in, but that's about a three day drive from here. Otherwise, most of my trips are an hour or less.

My plan is to drop down your way at some point to get some help hooking up the cruise control .... remember, my rule is to get knowledgeable help with anything that will be dangerous or expensive if I get it wrong! I can have most of it done beforehand.

But first, I have to pull the radio and see if I can figure out what I did to it when I took it out and replaced it yesterday to cause the volume to be stuck on its highest setting........



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I'm sure the installation will be fine. Just messin' with you. I'll take CC in anything that rolls if it's a street-cruiser. Yeah, I've been soft a long time; but I figure if you can have it, then why not, right? I was wondering about the adhesive, for if it needed high-temp stuff to remain stuck firmly in the summertime heat. Like headliners do.

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I'm sure the installation will be fine. Just messin' with you. I'll take CC in anything that rolls if it's a street-cruiser. Yeah, I've been soft a long time; but I figure if you can have it, then why not, right? I was wondering about the adhesive, for if it needed high-temp stuff to remain stuck firmly in the summertime heat. Like headliners do.

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Don't worry, I didn't take offense

I guess I'll find out next summer if it needs high temp adhesive.... if so, I'll go to Plan B.



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