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Old 07-06-2013, 07:25 AM   #1
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Feed back on interior swap.

So I have only been able to find a few decent replacement dashes for my 86 GT and the best one was $400! So I was able to pick up an almost complete dash out of a 87-89 for $50. Has anyone done this swap, what are some tips, and will the heater/blower box work from my 86? Thanks in advance.
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I havent done the swap. But lrs sells a dash pad for pretty cheap. It just goes right over the top of your old one. Now if your car is really nice, your gonna show it, or anything else like that I wouldnt recommend this. But if your looking for a quick easy fix so it doesn't look so bad then this is perfect.
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you'll need LOTS of patience if you do the swap. believe me its a lot of putting it in and taking it out and adjusting and fitting. there are a lot of changes that have to happen from the placement of the emergency brake handle to fit the center console to the controls for the HVAC. its a lot of tedious work. not to mention the trim around the steering. If I could go back I would have stayed with the 85 dash in mine. (not to mention the front end) *regrets regrets* anyways, my suggestion would be buy a replacement dash pad. unless your actual dash is damaged which seems unlikely you probably only need a pad anyways.
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I wish it was just the pad area! Had my aftermarket stereo stolen before we left El Paso and the punk kids ripped it out and broke up the dash all around where the radio was. I'd like to stay with the stock dash for ease and stock look, but no one seems to have made a replacement dash yet for these cars. That's the reason for the swap. I'm keeping the 4 eyed front though! Were you able to make it work with the old blower box or did you change that to?
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I have the same problem, need to find all new interior and can't find anyone that makes it. Everyone only sells the pad. I too have an 86. Now the good news...I was talking to a local restoration/speed shop who says that they send out dashes, they are remolded with new plastic, vinyl, or whatever your dash was made of and come back looking like new! He didn't give me the name of the place they send them, but if you talk to a local shop they could probably help with that. The guy was talking about sending out a 64 tbird dash, I explain how mine was cracked and had the screw holes broken off, he said they could do that. Hope this helps, can give the name of shop if you want to look them up. They do some really good work. I'm talkin like $100,000 cars.
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Thanks! I appreciate the info!
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Just gotta keep looking. Don't look on actual retail websites, you won't find **** there. You WILL find what you are looking for on forum classifieds. I'd start on the big sites like the Corral, Stangnet, ModdedMustangs etc... Someone will have a dash for you.
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Thanks Scotty, I'll look there to!
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:33 PM   #9
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I used the old blower box but you have to change the controls because they are different. Its a lot of little stuff that gets ya. The mount for the rear of the center console is different as well. It just takes some engineering and patience.
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Thanks jimbob, I'm still in the deciding process. Depending on how much the dash restoration is I may still do the swap. Did you reuse the old dash frame also or go with one for the newer dash?
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I used one that came with the new dash. I also replaced the column with the one out of the 92. The worst part for me was there is a pinch welded strip below the windshield where the 92 dash has screws that it mounts into. the 85-86 dash does not fasten there so getting that adjusted (bent) to where you can fasten the dash properly is a hassle. I had a complete 92 car to rob parts off of. so, it wasn't too bad for me but without that it would have been very stressful. My opinion is try and find another dash for your year model. there is a lot to consider. the parking brake in your car is in the center where after 87 they are a little offset to the right so the center console doesn't fit over the handle. I had an interior guy cut, modify and fiberglass a used panel for my center console instead of trying to relocate the parking brake handle. If I could go back I would have spent more time looking for a correct year model dash for my car.
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And that's why I'm glad others have this input to share!

I really want to keep the car as original as possible and complete the ground up restoration. Plus I already have a new center console for it out of an 85 that's in great shape. Hopefully I can send mine off to this place that fixes them.
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Best of luck bud. Always feel free to PM me if you need anything else. I look forward to seeing the progress reports on the project. It looks in pretty good shape from what I can see.
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Thanks again, I really appreciate the advice! It's pretty good for a $1,700 car. I've had to do quite a bit of work to it already.
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Any news on redoing the dash?
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I'm heavily leaning towards having it redone. Can i get that info from you?
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I sent it in your messages. I only have Facebook info and owners phone number. It is colorado speed company. Check your messages for their number. Let me know what they say.
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I had the late model restoration one in my 85 and it was perfact I think it was around 200 dollars but plz keep the 85 interior it looks soooooo much better
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I had the late model restoration one in my 85 and it was perfact I think it was around 200 dollars but plz keep the 85 interior it looks soooooo much better
Yeah, I really like the original dash, but my whole dash needs to be replaced or fixed due to the radio being ripped out. I will replace the upper dash pad to though.

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I sent it in your messages. I only have Facebook info and owners phone number. It is colorado speed company. Check your messages for their number. Let me know what they say.
For some reason it didn't come through, maybe I'll try deleting some messages in my box.
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Craigslist is your freind ^
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So true! I keep checking and nothing yet on a dash, but I'm not giving up the search.
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Have you checked cjponyparts.com? If they don't have it new they have a huge bone yard that may have one.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:40 AM   #23
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Unfortunately yes, thy just offer the top pad not the whole dash hull.... But I haven't tried calling them yet.

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I even tried a mustang grave yard in SC and the dash hulls they had were worse off then mine.
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So for an update, I may have found a good place...... Prestige mustangs online. They have some wrecked 86's that have really good interiors. I'll let y'all know what I find out.
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