1970 Lower Dash - Think this can this be restored?

80WA7113

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Indianapolis, IN
Sunday Night's progress (Radio hole backs):

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I'll be doing some grinding, sanding, and shaping later today. This is when we'll be able to actually see the progress of all the previous steps. I believe this is going to work out as planned.
 
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tom3

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ohio
I'll be checking on that hole repair too. I have a couple in my lower dash, seemed like a good idea at the time.
 

COPO

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Congrats. That looks stronger than it ever was.o_O I would have done the same, fix the original!

For that hole, I would use bondo b/c then you‘ll be able to make the pattern with a sharp tool.
 

80WA7113

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Thanks for the comments, guys, much appreciated!

Ok, I actually got started on today's escapades of the hole repair last night. This was another step I gave some careful thought to, because replicating the grain was important in getting the repair right.

I decided the ONLY way to get this right, would be to make a plug with the same grain on it to fill the void.

This meant I would now have to replicate the grain. By that I mean, I would need to make a mold of the grain with fiberglass resin, (a negative) and would use that to make an exact copy (a replica, or positive if you will) of the grain pattern.

I made a mold on the opposing side of the radio, as can be seen in the pics below. After the negative cured for a couple of hours, I used that to make the actual replica piece. The replica I allowed to cure overnight.

Side Bar: The plug idea I took from my woodworking hobby. Whenever I use fasteners to attach two pieces where the fastener hole may be visible, (for example, joining two kitchen cabinets together) I make a plug out of the same material I'm joining to make the fastening point virtually invisible. I figured, in theory, the same should work here.

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Tuesday's work:

I measured the hole, and it was just under 1/2". PERFECT for what I was wanting to try as I have a 1/2" bit and plug cutter. So I bored the hole in the dash to 1/2" and cut a wood plug as a test piece to check fitment. The wood plug fit tight, so I moved forward with making the fiberglass resin plug.

I cut a couple of plugs, and of the two, I picked the best matching to work with. Either would have worked, but I gave myself a choice, which allowed me to be picky.

I set the plug in place with a little fresh resin to bond it in and fill any voids around the pug. After it set up for a few hours, I did a little light sanding and removed any flashing around the plug with a pick, to make it blend as best I could with the surrounding grain.

When I was happy it looked ok, I shot it with a little black interior dye to see what the end result would look like. I have to admit, I'm pretty happy with how it came out. It sure beats that unsightly hole!


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