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Removing cracked dashboard and installing new Werk924 dash

 
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chuck21401  



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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 3:37 am    Post subject: Removing cracked dashboard and installing new Werk924 dash Reply with quote

I'm finally getting around to installing the new dashboard I bought from Werk924. (see: https://werk924.com/shop/armaturenbretter-dash-boards/)

I found two sets of instructions...of course the article on 924.org but also the early 944 instructions from Clarks Garage.

http://www.924.org/techsection/DashReplacement.htm
http://www.clarks-garage.com/shop-manual/body-26.htm

Most recently, Auto Anatomy produced this YouTube video on how to replace the blower motor, which of course you need to remove the dashboard to do. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAgKnVIqAVc&list=PLukxB8bYuv7oLTVln6h0HqZLrWXi1n50X


Here's what we are starting with:


Currently I have a carpet on the dashboard to hide the cracks.

Here is the new dash from Werk924





The price included a dash protector






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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, just wow. If I lived closer I'd come over just to get a whiff of that new car smell.


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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

People have scoffed at the price of Thomas' repro dashes. But look at the quality in those photos.

Swapping is super easy. The only issue is being scared to nick, scratch or mark that perfect new dash.

Good luck.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2021 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carrera RSR wrote:
Swapping is super easy.


So far so good...taking my time. I'm learning that 40 year old plastic parts are brittle. I've had to made some new tabs with "Plastex" and fill some cracks. One small section of the center console fell apart as I was removing the switch for the electric mirror. I was able to repair that with Plastex as well. Source: https://www.plastex.net (also on Amazon, shipping is less)

I suppose I could just buy another HVAC panel Ebay (or not worry about it), but wanted to see if I could do it.

Missing tab circled. Using putty to make mold from the tab below.


Mix up the Plastex and drop mixture into mold


Allow to harden. Use razor blade to trim and emory board to sand down.


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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2021 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rasta Monsta wrote:
Location: PacNW


I'm right around the corner. Drop by whenever.

Still waiting on videos of the 931 S3 in action.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2021 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost ready to remove the dash.


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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2021 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is getting complicated.

Luckily installation is the reverse of removal.






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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2021 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chuck21401 wrote:
New tab




Very nice!
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2021 10:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Removing cracked dashboard and installing new Werk924 da Reply with quote

chuck21401 wrote:
I'm finally getting around to installing the new dashboard I bought from Werk924.

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Is it fibreglass framed?
How does the colour, shine and grain structure compare to the original?
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2021 3:17 am    Post subject: Re: Removing cracked dashboard and installing new Werk924 da Reply with quote

safe wrote:
Is it fibreglass framed?
How does the colour, shine and grain structure compare to the original?


I believe that it is fiberglass. It feels very solid though.

Here are some comparison pictures. The old dashboard has some lighter brown highlights....not sure how to describe. Also not sure if that is the result of 40 years of sunshine. The texture is very similar to me.

But truthfully when I look at the old dash, the only thing I see are the cracks.








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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2021 3:25 am    Post subject: Dash Vents Reply with quote

Removing the side dash vents didn't go so well. I barely touched the tabs and they broke off. The plastic is so brittle!

Anyone have a source for mint condition, non-faded, brown dash vents?
Maybe I could find a nice set from an early 944?

These will work for now I guess.






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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2021 4:12 am    Post subject: Re: Dash Vents Reply with quote

chuck21401 wrote:
The plastic is so brittle


This is a special German material found throughout our cars. The same material comprises many critical electrical connectors.

Its name is "BrittelsheiƟ."
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Making some progress.

The new dashboard is in the car but still need to make some adjustments and still fighting with the center console. So many wires.

I also had the odometer on the speedo fixed while it was out of the car. Also replaced the ignition switch while I was in there.

As you can see, the side vents are no longer brown. I need to replace the trim piece for the headlight switch; that should be fairly easy to find in better shape. I replaced the trim piece for the hazards and rear window defogger....nice match.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More progress. Still need to adjust the glove box a bit.

I installed the switch for the intercooler pump/cooling fan in the center console opposite of the stereo fader knob.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So nice! I got to see one first hand recently in Bart's Martini Resto. Really nice dash

Chuck, that little mold idea was brilliant
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