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Beating the dead horse DASH

I love pretty much everything about my truck except for the dash that crumbles with almost every huge pot hole i hit.. the dash rattles itself apart, and Lord forbid if i have to turn on the headlights or press my OD off switch when pulling a load. The dash breaks like an old cookie.
Ive seen where people use about everything to fix the issues , from top covers to using no dash at all. I however would love to keep my truck looking nice but this dash assembly looks terrible.
I cannot fathom spending 800$ on a junkyard dash to only find it crumbly like mine. I don't want to get halfway threw the dash swap and then have to put everything back together cause the used dash is broken in important areas.
Once this original dash is gone, i don't want to ever see it again. I wish i knew people with 3D printers and knew every single part of the dash assembly so we could get new assemblies made for these trucks.
Has anyone actually made a decent looking dash for 1994-1996 trucks?? I want to be able to take my truck to car shows and antique auto shows and not be concerned with an ugly dash...



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I was looking at a fiberglass replacement dash for around $350. Its obviously gonna need to be finished off as far as holes, gelcoat, primer, paint, fitment etc. But it probably wont ever crack again.

I too can not stand the dodge dashes and this one on my 95 has just about had it, although it is still bolted up, it did so in three different pieces...

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I was looking at a fiberglass replacement dash for around $350.
Details??? I'm in the same boat as the OP, i've been considering picking up a junkyard dash and then dipping the whole dang thing in epoxy or something. Literally everything is falling apart and i don't trust a used dash not to do the same. My climate control is no longer screwed into anything, the OD/fog switch screws are broke off, the cupholder screws are broke, the radio screws are broke. The ashtray is still hangin in there though haha..

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I think that's just the top and doesn't include the actual dash structure that is also brittle/ prone to breakage.

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I think that's just the top and doesn't include the actual dash structure that is also brittle/ prone to breakage.
I believe you are correct. As far as the dash frame under the dash, I think there is no hope in the aftermarket world. And I know if I went to pull a junkyard dash, I would end up destroying it. ESPECIALLY since mine is red, and they didnt make very many of the red interiors.

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They are not that difficult to remove - you should be able to get one out without damaging it, if you are careful. I've seen writeups in here somewhere (or maybe linked in the stickies) about R&Ring the dash. It might be covered in a heater-core or AC-case thread, too. I used one of those writeups to guide me through pulling a complete assembly and a bottom assembly in salvage yards.

As for the color, you could take the interior-color info (code or color name) from your door sticker to an automotive paint shop and get rattle cans or a pint/quart (if you have a compressor and spray gun) made up in the correct color and repaint the dash.

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Done my fare share of dash removals on these. Easy enough to get em in and out. Just incredibly brittle.

Sorry about the sideways pics, but this is my 95 I got cheap, and I had to tear out the ENTIRE interior to get all the dead rodents out. Guy I bought it from said header cable was stuck, probably had nothing to do with the rats nest on top of the hvac box. Lol
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That's just the bezel and the dash top. Not the main structural piece.

I did look up the p/n once and there _are_ a few NOS dashes available around, in some colors. No grey, I don't think. Think they were running around $1k.

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You can use vinyl dye to "paint" a dash the correct color. It is not a cheap product if it is a good quality product.

The solution for a lower dash replacement will come when someone decides to make one for themselves, makes a mold, and then sees the opportunity to make money by offering the same part to others. Making a (2 piece minimum) mold from a solid dash should not be that hard. It would however take a lot of time to make the mold and to make fiberglass replacements.

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You can use vinyl dye to "paint" a dash the correct color. It is not a cheap product if it is a good quality product.

The solution for a lower dash replacement will come when someone decides to make one for themselves, makes a mold, and then sees the opportunity to make money by offering the same part to others. Making a (2 piece minimum) mold from a solid dash should not be that hard. It would however take a lot of time to make the mold and to make fiberglass replacements.
I had often times thought about something like this, with metal braces molded in, etc.

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