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    I want a dashmat!

    I've been trying to find a dash mat for my 505 for months now and I was wondering if anyone here might have an idea of where to look. I ordered one through K-mart a while ago but it never turned up. After talking to the nice people at Pugwreck they suggested that I ring European Auto Imports who think that the dash mats are no longer available at all...

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    anyone?? I really want one.

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    Nick
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    Hi Nick,

    what you can do is get a big sheat of paper, cut it out and shape it to fit you dash perfectly. Now go out & buy one of the 'rear dash' mats, basicly just a big slab of stretchable material available from autobarn. Cut out the dash mat using your template and stick in on using velro hold downs (they stick to your dash & are easily removed).

    I've done the (badly) in the CX. It has the same shitty plastic as the 80's BX's.

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    Just grab a VB towel from your local bar! Works a treat but tends to look better in a Kingswood ute.

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    Thanks for the suggestions but I really wanted one of the propper carpet mats with the hole cut out for the digital clock. frown
    Nick
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    nJm:
    Thanks for the suggestions but I really wanted one of the propper carpet mats with the hole cut out for the digital clock.
    Nick,

    I've got the exact right one for a 505. It came off a 505 which I stripped and the mat is blue. It seems in good nick, but it looks pretty shocking when placed on the dash (maybe it needs a good ironing or something). It has all the correct holes for clock, vents, etc. I can send it to you if you like for the cost of the postage.
    I'd imagine the new ones would be identical.

    Dave

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    In what way does it look shocking?

    Is it like this one?
    <img src="http://www.garage24.net/505ww/50557.jpg" alt=" - " />
    If so I will buy it.
    Nick
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    nJm:
    In what way does it look shocking?

    Is it like this one?
    <img src="http://www.garage24.net/505ww/50557.jpg" alt=" - " />
    If so I will buy it.
    That one looks just as shocking!

    Yes, it's just like that one, although I think it's due for a wash and an iron (it's been sitting under the house for 3 years, and I only pulled it out recently to see what it would look like on my dash, because I was briefly thinking of spraying the mat black or brown, to match my interior).

    I wouldn't charge you anything for it. Just the postage (about $5 ???)

    I just generally hate dash mats. My 505 has a cracked dash, but I'm saving up for a restored dash from
    Restor-A-Dash in Milperra, Sydney.

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    Great, well email me with a way to send you the money.

    My dash doesn't have any cracks and that is the way I'd like to keep it, hence getting a dash mat with the hot summer coming up for Vic. Also, with a bit of luck it will stop some of the reflection I get in the windscreen off the dash.

    Thanks Dave!

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    I don't want to put a dampener on your idea of dashmats, but I've found that placing a dashmat on the dash of my dad's XF Falcon a few years ago hasn't really helped in stopping cracks from forming.

    At the time, there were only one or two small sections of the dash with cracks, so we hoped to save it from getting worse by getting a dashmat (I think dashmats suit the XF interior very well IMO...)

    Anyway, I had a look under it recently and more cracks have formed, not only expanding the existing ones, but new ones in other places.

    Ours was a Haigh dashmat, don't know if other brands may have more protection. Ours seems to have been press moulded or something so it's got some hard grey coloured backing on it, maybe this had something to do with it's poor protection. It never really fit properly, and the velcro bits didn't adhere to the grey backing properly so it tends to move around a bit.

    So I guess it's down to personal opinion, I believe they look good in some cars but not others, however I wouldn't really buy one for the sole purpose of protecting the dash, from my experiences.

    Hope this helps some.

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    for a cheap/realistic and effective treatment for your dash and this actually came from restore-a-dash a few years ago
    use baby oil on the dash top
    vinyl/plastic is a by product from oil so by using baby oil you are replacing what the sun takes out and keeps it pliable to prevent cracking
    as most 504 owners know a 504 dash top will crack after a couple of years in a non garaged everyday usage 504
    both my father and myseld used baby oil on our dash tops for many years and as they are very easy to swap from car to car we used the same tops in a few cars and up untill we both finally moved on from 504's the dash tops were still in near perfect condition
    ie no cracks or signs of drying out
    i realise there are all these high priced off the shelf products now and they say they can prevent dash cracking but do they really
    if i had a 504 i use baby oil again
    of course prevention of the car getting hot and the sun entering the car is always going to be better
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    Why dont you just get a collection of toys and fihurines from your local McDonalds and stick them all over the dash, but i think you have to drive a Nissan Silvia to pull it off

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    Maybe give Machants a call and ask them about a mat. I just ordered one for my R19.

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    I honestly don't know if dashmats are really worth the money. With the old Fiat that I used to have, all I did was when the car was parked in the sun, I would either cover the some sort of windscreen cover or a towel on the dash to keep the sun off. That, and a little TLC with some regular use of Armour All kept the dash looking like new. It was 18 years old when I got traded it in, and the dash had no cracks in it.

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    One thing I really want it for is so I can velcro my CB radio to the dash, so when I go rolling around a corner it doesn't fall off.
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    and why on earth in this day and age would you want to carry a CB anyway ?

    Sorry just I cant understand the point ? when u can just carry a mobile !

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    CBs are extremely useful on drives I have with friends. Today was the perfect example - we were driving in convoy (about 14 cars) and about 5 of us has CB radios. It meant we could communicate with each other as where we were driving was out of mobile phone range at times, and it is a lot easier to just click a button and say something for free than dailing a phone...
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    Pug_405_Mi16:
    and why on earth in this day and age would you want to carry a CB anyway ?

    Sorry just I cant understand the point ? when u can just carry a mobile !

    Ben ??
    Another point is that it's illegal to use a mobile phone when driving, but I don't think that applies to the CB radio.

    I haven't used mine for yonks but do the truckies still use them?

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    Also, with a bit of luck it will stop some of the reflection I get in the windscreen off the dash.
    that is the sort of thing car makers should be ashamed of. It's dangerous. Some even have pale coloured dashes. Worse than dangerous.

    Just get a 403. Sensible. :p
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    Hi Guys,

    well the BX's have the usual 'hardy' 80's plastic dash. The only good one I've *ever* seen is in a car in Ballarat. The owners have had it from new and had it fitted with a custom made dashmat from new. If you lift the dashmat, the dash plastic is still like new.....

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    Hi Guys,

    well the BX's have the usual 'hardy' 80's plastic dash. The only good one I've *ever* seen is in a car in Ballarat. The owners have had it from new and had it fitted with a custom made dashmat from new. If you lift the dashmat, the dash plastic is still like new.....

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    I have just ordered one from marlows and was less than 50 bucks its handy like someone said if you want to stick little bits and things to it with velcro.

    Ive got a little snail ready to be stuck on my R19 dash when I get my Mat....
    they are a good investment if you care for cars?

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    danielsydney:
    I have just ordered one from marlows and was less than 50 bucks its handy like someone said if you want to stick little bits and things to it with velcro.
    But what happens to the little toys when you have to do an emergency stop and the passengers head hits the dash?
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    Im a single Male & 25 so very rarely have any passengers in the front anyway.

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    What?

    You don't have Claudia Schiffer or a look-a-like in your front seat?? I thought you did from your avatar!

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    danielsydney:
    Im a single Male & 25 so very rarely have any passengers in the front anyway.
    Single & 25? No passengers? Geez, get out there Daniel, find some chicks!
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