New NPD Dash Pad

Discussion in 'Interior Restoration' started by garyandcindy, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. buildinmy73

    buildinmy73 Veteran Member

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    i used so carbide deburring bits . same ones using when porting heads intake etc. they make them in all sorts of shapes and sizes
     
  2. Zulu28

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    Interesting thread, good job Badazz
     
  3. younda

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    I put in the NPD dash pad and it fits good so far. I don't understand why the NPD mounting clip kit doesn't include the screws to use on the driver's side.
    Can someone tell me exactly what to use? Does a 1/4" screw work? Should it be #6, #8, #10???
     
  4. Green hornet

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    image.jpeg Has anyone had this issue with new NPD dash?

    I bought my NPD dash last December as soon as they came off back order. I installed it in late January. When I installed it it had a slight raised area in front of the speaker between the two mounting clips on the left. I noticed a month ago that the raised area is larger. I'm not sure if this can be corrected. I have read that other members have removed some material above the cluster area but I'm not sure that would apply with this issue. Any ideas?
     
  5. supwicha

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    Does it feel soft and pliable in that area? Is there any chance that pressure from both the left and right side of pad towards the center causing it to lift?
     
  6. Green hornet

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    No. If I apply pressure from the top in that area and pull it back slightly it will sit down. As soon as I let go it pops back up. I have looked at the clips to make sure there in properly and tight.
     
  7. badazz81z28

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    I got a raised portion like that on mine too. I have just chopped this all up as the pads are no Perfect
     
  8. TommyRS70

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    Purchased mine when the latest, best version was first available and it is starting to develop the same lift/curl. Not sure how much better these will end up being in a few years of temp changes. Hopeful but not very optimistic. I'm working on a back up original, just in case.
     
  9. TommyRS70

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    1007172311a.jpg 1007172246a.jpg Had to gorilla glue in 2 sheet metal reinforcement plates above gauge cluster because there were no inserts to screw in the dash pad to metal dash..

    Also had to drill pilot holes in the pad next to the 2 top gauge housing screw holes to accept the guide pins on the back of the housing....more iterations needed to make this NPD pad better...
     
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  10. TommyRS70

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    Original pad with nylon inserts. These are missing from latest NPD pad.
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    Metal dash anchor tabs that the two screws pass through.
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