OER Dash Pad Hell!

Discussion in 'Interior Restoration' started by FlaJunkie, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Rockledge, Florida
    Welcome to my hell; the OER replacement neoprene dash pad for a 1970.

    First off, compare the OER new dash pad against my old
    standard warped dash pad:


    Tell any difference? The bums OBVIOUSLY used a warped example to cut the new mold!!!

    Turning the body upside down and sitting on a chair sure makes it easier...
    but it is still like one glass of ice water in hell...


    The deck makes a great place to put your tools, clips, fasteners, etc...



    OK, here goes. This is what the clip/dash interface area looks like.
    The clip goes on the stud in the pad and the clip slides through a
    slotted opening in the dash. The little tit on the clip should
    connect to the slot in the dash made just for it to go into.


    But it doesn't. If you push the dash pad towards the dash, the clip's tit goes by the slot it
    is supposed to sit in. Also, notice that grey area with scribbled white on the pad? It shouldn't be there!


    When you pull the pad out so the clip engages properly with the dash...


    ...you get a whole fingers width space between the dash and the pad!


    This is the enhanced drivers side...look ma, no slot for the clip.


    I guess they just want you to slide a clip on top of the
    VIN plate and go away.


    I suppose I'll need to:
    1) Grind the front face of the OER POS flush to my dash.
    2) Cut slots in the clips to allow them to tighten properly.
    3) Modify the driver side attachment or whatever...

    I have now successfully mentally transmuted the acronym OER
    into POS. When I think POS, my mind now automatically thinks OER.

    "My God what is that OER he's driving?"

    "I wouldn't be caught dead in the OER car of hers!"
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012
  2. jthomas

    jthomas Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    NorthCentral PA
    Flajunkie...I feel your pain. You just described my experience with the dash pad. I wish I could have had access from underneath like that...I had to make two visits to the chiropractor from distorting my neck under the dash.

    Hang in there...you're on the right track and it will look as good as it can when your done. When you start throwing stuff, stop and walk away for a while ;)
  3. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Rockledge, Florida

    My efforts to help fit it better failed.

    I am really unhappy with that OER! (Think POS)

    I'm going to put an original style dash back in. Forget OER. :mad:
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012
  4. frankz

    frankz Veteran Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Sorry to hear of all the aggravation !!! Glad I made mine out of aluminum.......nobody to blame but me.
  5. reesebren

    reesebren Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    minneapolis, MN
    OER dash pad

    There are some really good reproduction parts out there and there are some bad ones....the OER dash is beyond bad. I experienced the same frustrations as you....I returned my first one, got a second, it was just as bad. Finally I just slowed my restoration down until I found a great used piece. I stripped it...redyed and it looks like a million bucks. Unless you are in a hurry with your car, take you time and find an original dash....good ones are out there.
  6. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Rockledge, Florida
    I was looking for one while you wrote that response!

    My car will not be in the sun like it was before, and I can put a heat shield on the dash if I use the car in the summer.
  7. Thanks for the info. OER just lost a customer for that product
  8. JAB

    JAB Member

    Jan 7, 2009
    Northport, NY
    I had the same problem with the OER dash. I used the original clips instead of the OER clips and that solved most of the fitment issues, however, I had to make a custom clip by the vin plate and trim some rubber off the ends. It was a wrestling match especially doing it upside down but I did get it to fit good. The other problem is getting the lower dash attached...a lot of on and back off again work to get it lined up..plus some trimming and grinding
  9. rogerh

    rogerh Veteran Member

    If you take the clip on the driver's side and turn it upside down, bend it a little, then install. It worked better for me. I had to grind a notch in the metal part of the dash in the same area in order for the OER to pull up close enough.

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