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Is this dash repairable, by a muppet (Me!) I understand it needs re dying, but how to fix the cracks, without taking it, or the windscreen out.

Secondly, are good tan mk2 dashboards available (I think not!)

It's on a car I fancy, but I cannot live with a dash that scruffy.thumbnail_042.thumb.jpg.8845d5bd16c6d4024f44a92e9aa9d137.jpg

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I have seen dash cracks fixed so they arent as unsightly but never really to a new standard look. Further the cracks have extended to damage of the speaker vent that cant really be repaired at all. I fear its time for replacement or the old one out for professional refurbishment. Maybe a dash mat on top till a good one comes your way?

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How much more of an excuse do you need to change it to black ! It looks like a gold car ? Black and gold made for each other 🤩  Unless it’s on an Anglia then it’s red and gold 😍😍😍

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8 minutes ago, colr6 said:

How much more of an excuse do you need to change it to black ! It looks like a gold car ? Black and gold made for each other 🤩  Unless it’s on an Anglia then it’s red and gold 😍😍😍

I don't fancy a Capri 2 litre automatic in Alan Mann colours, it would be an, "All hat, no cattle" sort of car. Apparently the dealers tame trimmer reckons he can make it 90% better........ MMMmm.🤔

 

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2 hours ago, Rally Pack 2000 said:

What are you going to do with another car? A 2lt auto Capri no less? Restore and flip?

I'm not allowed to sell the Escort, as it's been in the family for many, many years. The Golf Cabriolet will be going as I cannot get to grips with it's FWD layout, also it is useless for touring as the boot is tiny and you need to be a gynaecologist to get into it. So back to the Blue Oval for my long distance classic, I need an auto for longer runs as my left side can be a bit wilful if it gets tired. The Capri's been reupholstered, new head lining, carpets, engine rebuild, torque converter, paint, I think someone got to the dash and ran out of cash, or the will to live. It should need no work. 😀

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6 hours ago, accord83 said:

 

I'm not allowed to sell the Escort, as it's been in the family for many, many years. The Golf Cabriolet will be going as I cannot get to grips with it's FWD layout, also it is useless for touring as the boot is tiny and you need to be a gynaecologist to get into it. So back to the Blue Oval for my long distance classic, I need an auto for longer runs as my left side can be a bit wilful if it gets tired. The Capri's been reupholstered, new head lining, carpets, engine rebuild, torque converter, paint, I think someone got to the dash and ran out of cash, or the will to live. It should need no work. 😀

Should do the trick then. I wouldn't mind a Mk1 Granny coupe for touring, 3.0lt Auto plenty space and boot.

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I think you will find the dash is just one of those things that the owner was waiting for to come up for sale. I have had parts on my list for years and eventually they pop up. I have been searching for a replacement rearview mirror for years, experimented with the European ones and go so sick of waiting I was about to put one together using Ford Falcon parts and a new old stock Magnatec one from the UK. Would have cost 300 dollars. Just last week I saw a blurry photo of one from one of those Mk4 Front wheel drive convertible Capris. 15 bucks I thought at least it may get me out of trouble till I get something that matches. Arrived yesterday and turns out the be identical to the one Ford Australia put into Mk2 Escorts. All this time and a source was right under my nose. So just stick with it or even cover the dash and in a year or so a replacement will pop up when you least expect it.

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It is possible to fix the dash. I had a mk3 capri and the dash had cracked.i removed the dash and from the inside I used fibreglass resin and some matting. The resin filled in the gap and the Matt gave it some strength.

Used a hairdryer to get rid of  the sags. Using fine wet n dry I rubbed the dash down gently.

Sprayed it black using vinyl spray paint and bobs your uncle looked very good. Not 100% but a significant improvement on what was there.the shine of the vinyl paint hid some of the imperfections lol

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Thanks for the details Preacherman, it fills me with hope, let's see what the trim man can come up with, because I'm not buying a car that has a dash like a scrap mans Transit.

 

 

I too would like a Granada Coupe', but I don't want to sell any vital organs to buy and fuel one!

The Golf, and the Capri, is also my "licence saver", as the Escort isn't, it shouts "Spank me big boy! " every time I get behind the wheel.😁

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5 minutes ago, accord83 said:

A 2 litre automatic MK2 Capri? Yes, a Brooklands or 3000E? Depends.

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1090983

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1094259

Wow thats variable pricing. One was twice as expensive as the other and they seemed in similar condition. I dont understand classic car prices sometimes.

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