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Old 05-12-2019, 06:23 AM
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Repair dashpad or run without

I have removed my dashpad to paint the cab of my J4500.
It's pretty beat up (speaker mesh gone and a crack down the centre) I'm in two minds about repairing the dashpad or running without.... Is anyone running without a pad?
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:45 AM
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I swapped to a late 60's dash in my 84. Even if I'd had the pad for it I would have left it off. Had to fill the holes.

The trucks and Cherokees' pads were't as ugly since they didn't cover the face of the dash on the passenger side so in your case I might keep it.
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Old 05-12-2019, 12:30 PM
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I just tore mine out down to the steel underneath.


I have to close up the holes in the steel now, sand & paint it.


I prefer the steel dash, especially here in AZ. the sun isn't kind to dash pads.
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:45 PM
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Depends on your sense of esthetics? My 63 Wag was a pre-pad days car and looks period correct/good. On a later 72 J-4500 the pad was sun damaged/aged and it wasn't expensive to have an auto upholsterer recover it. Next time if the foam pad is sound I'll give it a shot to recover it myself. It's not a complicated geometric shape. If you're dealing with a later 3 pod dash and the pad extends down the pass side front of the dash you'll have to decide where you want to spend your labor/time/money. Recover or fix the holes in your dash and repaint. Not a fan of the later style huge pads but prolly still fix it rather than weld/grind/repaint the steel dash. Your truck, only you can make that judgement call.
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Just thought of something. On the '73 - '85 (or whatever) design the fit of the instrument cluster without the pad would be something to consider.

Might be a big gap around it without it.
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