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    Well, I forfeited the "all French day" so I could get some more progress on the plastic fantastic.
    The dash had cracked like most unloved ones do, and the previous owner had glued some carpet on it.
    That really grates on me, so I bought an uncracked piece from chevronics & fitted it to my dash.
    These were never meant to come apart, being glued & plastic welded together... But whatever was put together, can come apart.
    Today I painted it in the correct colour matched colour & I can finally call that job done.



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    Wow. Superb. My only gripe with our BX Estate was that particular piece of plastic.

    Looks like a lovely bit of work.

    Your unbroken one is made of the same stuff as all the others that have disintegrated in Oz though. I'd be super careful to keep it out of the sun, covered etc, perhaps even reinforced with fibreglass underneath or on top?

    No doubt others will comment....

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Wow. Superb. My only gripe with our BX Estate was that particular piece of plastic.

    Looks like a lovely bit of work.

    Your unbroken one is made of the same stuff as all the others that have disintegrated in Oz though. I'd be super careful to keep it out of the sun, covered etc, perhaps even reinforced with fibreglass underneath or on top?

    No doubt others will comment....

    Cheers
    Yes...I'll be sure to look after it. It is only a toy car, so it wont be a daily driver, left in the baking sun to self destruct. I certainly don't want to do that job again..

    The rust repairs on the plenum chamber/hinge pillar are complete, with just some sealant , rustproofing & painting to do. Then I can continue re-assembling the car. That tangled mess of wiring behind the dash goes against the grain, so I'll be tidying that up as well.

    Any progress is good progress

    Cheers!

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    Yes indeed. Ours had no rust anywhere except a tiny spot on the body where the tailgate seal rested.

    I love that dashboard.

    Cheers
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    "O Cedar" brand furniture polish available in any supermarket really nourishes plastics and doesn't dry them out. Try it on your door mirrors, dash or a plastic bumper. You will be impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moulton2speed View Post
    "O Cedar" brand furniture polish available in any supermarket really nourishes plastics and doesn't dry them out. Try it on your door mirrors, dash or a plastic bumper. You will be impressed.
    Thanks for that. Be good to see what is in it. I'll have to go and have a look.
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    Great job!, I'll have to put this on my ever growing to do list!

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    If your BX has been sitting out in the sun and the dash is baking hot, do not start it up with the air con on or you will witness the dash crack up in front of your eyes. Don't ask me how I know. Looks good for now.

    Cheers, Ken
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    OOOHHHHH!!..That's good to know...I hear the voice of experience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorgnome View Post
    OOOHHHHH!!..That's good to know...I hear the voice of experience!
    He's right too. And the BX has superb AC, so it will get the full temperature contrast if you aren't careful. If it is still out of the car, heresy suggests "can you fibreglass the whole thing and use filler, then sand it smooth and repaint"? Meaning the bit that cracks, not the whole dash. Or make a mold/mould while it is accessible?

    You've done what I always wanted to do with ours but never really had the courage for, or patience for.
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