Molded Early A glove boxes .(MADE A GOOD one finally)

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  1. 66Dvert

    66Dvert Working on my custom car parts again! FABO Gold Member

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    WHO??? not me for sure. If you were to see my oops's then you might(nope make that Would) change your opinion. I have a stack of failures still waiting on the bin to fill up so I can take them to the re-cycle center. (hint it's the second load coming up.. ) that glove box in the picture that is going in my car cost me at least $400.00 so far. But it's all downhill from here if I can learn how to jig it up for straight cuts. Each one of these pictures is a failed pull, and that is just on this session. 20190706_145458.jpg 20190705_161031.jpg 20190705_160948.jpg 20190705_160944.jpg
     
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    • George Jets

      George Jets 1967 Dart 2 Door FABO Gold Member

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      Like the way you are refining and getting them tuned in.

      One step at a time to perfection . . .
       
    • Nigel Hely

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      The dash pad on my 1964 Dart was covered in this aweful hessian type fabric, a bit like that stuff used on office pinboards and desk partitions. I had nothing to work from other than photos from the internet but "The Dashboard Doctor" in Colac, Victoria (Australia) came up with this. It has a nice amount of padding, but not sure it will save my life if I head butt it...

      Before and after photos...
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      • stretch

        stretch I cut my cars!

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        That looks good Nigel Hely!
         
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        • George Jets

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          That looks nice . . .
           
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          • 66Dvert

            66Dvert Working on my custom car parts again! FABO Gold Member

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            From what I can figure out it's not supposed to save your life, it's really there so you don't dent the dashboard. here is my take on the dart recover. (one of the reasons I want to see if I can make a dash pad.)


            This dash pad was actually pretty good compared to some of my other ones .. some of my fixes.
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            after fixing it turned into this. 1/4" headliner foam over the repaired dash pad and new vinyl.

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            If I can get the dart pad done I'll go after the Valiant one, but they will be just as smalll as original. no more padding that the original, I'm trying for the smae shape and size.after that I'll branch out to adding my turbo boost and EGT pods into the pad.
             
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            • Nigel Hely

              Nigel Hely 64DartDownUnder FABO Gold Member

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              Love your work, that looks amazing...
               
            • RustyRatRod

              RustyRatRod Bla de blizhibliz de blatde blizi bla bla FABO Gold Member

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              It took our military 40 times to get WD40 right.
               
            • 66Dvert

              66Dvert Working on my custom car parts again! FABO Gold Member

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              HAH! I'd be way ahead if it only took 40 tries.as soon as I clear up one problem another one rears it's ugly head. But I'm close now. My last pull actually looks ok on the inside but I didn't dry the plastic enough and got bad blistering. Rainy season in Florida suck since I have to leave the drying box on for 2 weeks at a time so I can run other parts (like my kick panels. ) then I have to reload 20 pieces of plastic to run 10 more sets or 20 singles for ANOTHER 2 weeks. I need a bigger/better drying box but don't have the room @#$@#$%.
               
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              • Jim Kueneman

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                I am not sure but I think dash pads were an option. Our '63 does not have a pad and by the looks of it never had one (no mounting holes to be found anywhere and original paint shows no outline of fading). Seems the easier solution is to "re-order" it from the factory without the pad and just have a painted dash :)
                 
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                OK, I've met some hard-headed people, but really now... :)

                On a more serious note, I must say I've been watching with great admiration for a couple of years. Your work is top notch, and you're keenly aware of the market. I'm even thinking of ordering some for a future vehicle that's not even in the stable yet... because I'm sure that when it comes along, these are exactly the pieces it will need. That's how impressed I am.

                regarding your car:View attachment 1715381718

                Let's see, those are buckets from a Nissan Maxima, maybe? Never seen any in quite that color, but it looks nice!

                - Erik
                 
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                66Dvert Working on my custom car parts again! FABO Gold Member

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                Thanks for your appreciation, I work hard to make sure I like what I make. If I don't like it I keep trying till I like it. I'm working on a few optional projects (a little bit here and there as Time allows and As I finish (or try to anyway) up my larger CNC machine,make door panels for my boss and design new rear panels for the 60's Lincolns)
                But the main focus is in this order
                (1) glove boxes
                (2) kick panel revisions for my own peace of mind (making anti flex plates up or adding more curves to the product to stiffen it up even more.
                (3) both side and top rear convertible panel trim plastic (top piece is ready to go side piece needs a bit more for me to be happy)
                (4) The rear armrest for the rear convertible side panel
                (5) the dash pads for valiants and darts . and the list goes on and on. yeah there are about 5 more thing I want for my 66 dart that can't be found new or good enough(well if you have $$$$$ maybe you can) so I have to make it , just like I did with me LED tail light conversion you can see in my avatar.​
                Back to the seat question. NOPE not even close. they are salvage yard 1997 sebring convertible seats. power drivers seat and the only thing I did on the rear was make a panel for the hump and to mount the locks into and peel the cloth back on the top back (both) sides to trim 1/2" off so the convertible side panels wouldn't rub against the top mechanism. the bottom of the rear seat was untouched, the front were flat mounter using 2" angle iron welded to the floor with a mounting hole to bolt the 6" circle of 1/8" steel braced underneath for tearout.
                I used the corvair kids electronic wiring diagram yo hook up the seatbelts. plus the sebring sedan rear seat fits into the valiant or barracuda hardtops quite well though it is a bit taller.


                 
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                Ah, which means you have the seat belts built in to the seat. Very cool. I've heard about them, never seen in person.
                Heck of a fender washer, I'd say. :)

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              • 66Dvert

                66Dvert Working on my custom car parts again! FABO Gold Member

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                I put these in my 65 convertible (fronts only at the time since I didn't know the rears would fit and I had a great rear seat already.) and it went to the Woodward Dream Cruise from Florida. 1300 miles one way in original seats would have killed my old body. but these seats made it a lot better (power seats helped a lot along with the recline) I sold it up there and had to fly back home, didn't want too but the price was too good to pass up. The new owner still drives it everywhere in good weather and even bought a set of my kick panels and top pieces. I though it was pretty cool!
                yup, but I have seen the fender washers pull through and since I was cutting up some 1/8" sheet metal for my CNC build I thought "why not" and did!
                 
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                  you get where you feel its right and I'll take the liner and a set of speaker panels both, looks like great work!
                   
                • 66Dvert

                  66Dvert Working on my custom car parts again! FABO Gold Member

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                  I'll post on this page when they are good enough for me. (I'm picky as all get out and want it to look as good as it can using my processes.)
                   
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                    I’m interesting in a glove box, how do I get one?
                     
                  • 66Dvert

                    66Dvert Working on my custom car parts again! FABO Gold Member

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                    Soon I will have the Cutting jig made so that they actually look good cut out instead of hand hacksawed, that is the slowdown for me. (well along with working on many other projects and building a bigger CNC to do things with.) I'll up date the progress and put it in a for sale ad when I can make nice looking ones that fit/look well.
                     
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                      Very excited for this, thanks.
                       
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                      I agree. My -64 Dart has never had dash pad. Just painted dash.
                       
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                      In 1966 dash pads were on all A-bodies. In previous years they were an option or part of a package upgrade such as Dart GT or Valiant Signet.
                       
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                      Nigel, who did your plastic chrome work? It's looks great.
                       
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                        Were dashpads ever covered with an actual softer vinyl "pad"?
                         
                      • 66Dvert

                        66Dvert Working on my custom car parts again! FABO Gold Member

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                        Yep, I worked part time in 1964 as a junior high student doing piece work helping make them for the bigger cars and then in late 65 I noticed that they were boxed and labeled 66 dash pads. Since the dash pads were pretty thin they had a stiffer foam core than the seats but it was pretty soft compared to Armrest pads. I transferred over to the dash lettering department of a vendor for chryslers in 66 so never got to do too many. (ahh, life was great in 64-8. High school , Fast Cars and girls.. )
                         
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                          Fascinating. That said, does ANYONE make a soft pad for 1965 Valiant Signet?
                           
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