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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-08-2019, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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1969-70 TMI dash pad install

Has anyone installed one??

I cannot figure it out ... there are studs on the back instead of screws, the three by the windshield.

I cannot put a nut on with the clusters installed and I cannot get the clusters installed with the pad installed
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Cant say I have ever seen a 69/70 dash pad that way.

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It's the TMI sport R dash pad. Would be great if they included some instructions or hardware...
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Unrelated question- and not to minimize your annoying situation.... how flexible is the pad? I need to replace mine and have to work around a pair of roll cage hoops. Donít ask...

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It's pretty stiff, I think there is more give in a stock dash.
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It's pretty stiff, I think there is more give in a stock dash.
Thank you. Good luck the rest of the way!

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I ordered the same dash pad for my 1970 Mach 1 and it was at least 1 inch too short from side to side. All they could tell me was that was the mold they used so a replacement would be exactly the same. They look nice but for the price and the added work to get it to fit properly it just wasn't worth it. I ended up just restoring the factory dash instead.

The three posts you are mentioning near the windshield are just locators, being that the dash is made of fiberglass and is so much more ridged.

Hope it works for you!

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I ordered the same dash pad for my 1970 Mach 1 and it was at least 1 inch too short from side to side. All they could tell me was that was the mold they used so a replacement would be exactly the same. They look nice but for the price and the added work to get it to fit properly it just wasn't worth it. I ended up just restoring the factory dash instead.

The three posts you are mentioning near the windshield are just locators, being that the dash is made of fiberglass and is so much more ridged.

Hope it works for you!
I had one of those, got it a long time ago. There is a sticker that states it is from India. I got it in the car, but the fit was very poor. Bottom edges, angles were way off. I pulled it and got one from NPD that fit much better.


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How did you restore your dash? What was involved? My stock dash is fine except for a split by the edge of the speaker holes. I would much prefer fixing this if possible.
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There is a company that restores dash pads. http://www.justdashes.com/services/ford/ Don't know anything about it, but that company has been around for many years.
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How did you restore your dash? What was involved? My stock dash is fine except for a split by the edge of the speaker holes. I would much prefer fixing this if possible.
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So my dash was in excellent condition other than the previous owner sticking his hand through the speaker area, so I cut out the square perforated area and bent up some aluminum mesh and placed it in that spot. Then I prepped and painted the entire dash pad with SEM prep products and their satin black vinyl paint. Turned out amazing!
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So my dash was in excellent condition other than the previous owner sticking his hand through the speaker area, so I cut out the square perforated area and bent up some aluminum mesh and placed it in that spot. Then I prepped and painted the entire dash pad with SEM prep products and their satin black vinyl paint. Turned out amazing!
Dash looks great, I can only hope mine turns out as well.

As I am also doing a Coyote swap into my 70 Mach 1, if interested, I would like to hear more about your build and have someone to ask questions of.

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There is a company that restores dash pads. http://www.justdashes.com/services/ford/ Don't know anything about it, but that company has been around for many years.
Thanks for the link to Just Dashes. I pulled my instrument cluster and clock panel out last week. The wood grain on the clock panel is toast, moisture caused rust underneath. The instrument cluster is OK, but the chrome trim around the bezels has faded out completely. I want to find out if they can do a carbon fiber look in place of the wood grain to modernize the look of the dash.

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Dash looks great, I can only hope mine turns out as well.

As I am also doing a Coyote swap into my 70 Mach 1, if interested, I would like to hear more about your build and have someone to ask questions of.

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Thanks! Of course, any questions that arise please feel free to message me and I'll do what I can to help.

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I did an el cheapo dash cap on my 70. At the time it was all I could afford. It has lasted for 20 years, no issues. Fit was not perfect, but it as better than nothing. My original dash was cracked in a million places and had holes. I painted it to match interior. Iím still happy with it despite the newer offerings that are much more reasonably priced. At the time the only options were a cap or a 550 dollar ford repop that was marginal in its fit.


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