Best CUCV replacement dash pad

cucvrus

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Question about a quality dash pad. Does anyone know of a good quality replacement dash pad for the CUCV? I have used the Brother's brand and have been disappointed. The OEM was a 1-piece tin underlayment and had the vinyl formed over the single piece. All the replacements I have used and seen have a 3-piece tin underlayment. Also, the quality is not the same and I had fit and attachment issues. Now looking at the truck with the 10-year-old dash pad I can really see the poor quality and no weather resistance. I want to buy 1 for a special vehicle that a customer has. I rebuilt the vehicle 20 years ago and have done work on it from time to time. Any ideas. I have 1 OEM GM dash pad for my current project and would like to buy 2 more. One for my final CUCV project and one for the customer's truck. I remember buying these OEM dash pads from my local dealer 10 at a time. They were only about $175. at the time. Any thoughts?
 

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I found a NOS replacement on craigslist a few years ago. It was stuffed into an attic crawlspace and forgotten- guy sold the truck. You should regularly search cl with the search term "K5" and see what comes up- sometimes it's surprising. I'm still looking for a half-cab setup to appear. I saw half of one about a decade ago and let it go.

The pad I got doesn't fit great, so definitely aftermarket repro but didn't have a brand name on it.

IF I hadn't found it, I was considering dispensing with the dash pad altogether. I saw someone had stripped all the 'pad' off the metal and painted it. It looked pretty good- not stock but had a military utility sorta look.

My plan was to strip mine and paint it, then go the wrecking yard and find another. I would cut out the other one, paint it, and install it over mine with ¼" spacers- to sorta have it raised. Trim the edges with door trim.
 

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I recall the dashpad being a civvy twin...LMC Truck has some offerings in the color pages in the center of their catalog that show well on paper. Classic Industries, USA1, Tucker's...a Google search for Squarebody restoration parts gives a cornucopia of stuff to filter thru. I've noted in the past when searching "Squarebody restoration dash pad" the majority of return results are refurbishment video how-to's and repair. Not a direct answer to your query, but I can get a full list of my Squarebody catalogs later today if it would be of any value.

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I would want to look at one and make sure it has 1 piece metal/ tin backing. It looks good. I paid $600. for an unbroken OEM one a few years back. I only need 2 more to retire. Thank you.
 

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inflation and rareness costs more but they are available with original fitting clips if these fit your project.


and in eBay and Amazon too, all flavors......


and for more goto
 

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That video was not very helpful. But Thank You anyway. The real issue I always encounter is the corners of the dash pad where the 2 upper cluster face/bezel corners attach. On the OEM one there was a hole in the tin, and you could clip the Tinnerman's nut on the edge and it fit like it was supposed to be there. That edge issue he has at the door opening is easy. Remove the door seals before installing the dash and the door seals will push the edges back in when you reinstall the door seals. I have covered a few dash pads with upholstery. It wasn't the nicest, but I wasn't entering any shows with it, and it lasted for years. DSCF6040.JPG
mele Kalikimaka
Check out the Mink stole. Very fashionable. It was joke when I told a friend I was looking for a dash pad.
 

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That video was not very helpful. But Thank You anyway. The real issue I always encounter is the corners of the dash pad where the 2 upper cluster face/bezel corners attach. On the OEM one there was a hole in the tin, and you could clip the Tinnerman's nut on the edge and it fit like it was supposed to be there. That edge issue he has at the door opening is easy. Remove the door seals before installing the dash and the door seals will push the edges back in when you reinstall the door seals. I have covered a few dash pads with upholstery. It wasn't the nicest, but I wasn't entering any shows with it, and it lasted for years. View attachment 852437
mele Kalikimaka
Check out the Mink stole. Very fashionable. It was joke when I told a friend I was looking for a dash pad.


Rick - How much for the Hawaiian Girl?
 

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Pictures of the dash. It does have a metal backing.
I purchased this about a year ago.
GM Dash Pad
 

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How about in the upper corners where the bezel attaches? And is it 1 metal base piece. This matters. I like the USA.

Rick my new dash pad is exactly like the OEM pad in every detail. The screws for the bezel cleared in the corners with no problem. You will not be disappointed in the product. You know how picky I am. If the pad I got wasn't perfect I would not have used it. I don't know what else to say. Dayum you are getting hard-headed in yor old age.

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