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Ian Bond, Classical Dash

PostPost by: Issigonis » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:52 pm

I'm new to the forum and would be interested to know if anyone has done business with this company. I purchased a dash for my '71 Elan Plus 2 from Ian in March of 2017. I've sent numerous emails and even called and have had no response. Can anyone offer any ideas? Did I just get scammed or is this a legitimate business?
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:19 pm

Yep, like many others on here, I too have experienced the exact same story. After weeks of waiting for Bond to reply, then Paul Matty trying to charge me £40 delivery for one of his dashboards, I ended up veneering my own.
Supposedly a good product be he still sounds crap at business.
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PostPost by: pereirac » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:23 pm

I bought a dashboard from them a few years ago at the NEC Classic Car Show, where they had a stand. It took a couple of months to arrive but it did arrive. One of the mounting holes on one side did not quite line up so I just used a thinner screw rather than force the wood as varnishes these days tend to be quite brittle.
I wasn't in a hurry so it wasn't a problem..
I have a friend in France who could refurbis
h your old dashboard otherwise? http://classicdashboards.com otherwise there are a few other restorers in the UK who could redo your old one. I still have the original one from my car which was re-veneered buy a local furniture maker who also filled in a few 'extra' holes and SMS found somebody to varnish it when they resprayed my car. It lasted for a few years and then started to crack
The car has had 5 dashboards times so far! The second one, from a well know supplier (not Susan or Paul Matty), lasted 2 weeks before the varnish started to crack and 'flow'!! I am getting good at replacing them now..
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PostPost by: godfrsa » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:03 am

KevJ+2 wrote:Yep, like many others on here, I too have experienced the exact same story. After weeks of waiting for Bond to reply, then Paul Matty trying to charge me £40 delivery for one of his dashboards, I ended up veneering my own.
Supposedly a good product be he still sounds crap at business.


I agree a nightmare to deal with. When did you get your quote from Mattys? Im UK mainland and they quoted me £20, which i thought was pretty reasonable :)
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PostPost by: Europatc » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:44 am

They have just delivered some dash boards in the last couple of weeks. Mine is having one fitted at Chris Foulds after waiting several months.
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PostPost by: chrisbeck » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:07 pm

I've met him a couple of times at his workshop which is near me. He currently has my Morgan dash in for refurbishment so I hope he doesn't take too long!
A very personable chap (he made a lovely new dash for my Elan many years ago), I think he has only one guy working with him and could do with a secretary! I complained about him not picking up the phone and he said to leave a message as he cannot keep stopping work to answer it.
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:15 pm

godfrsa wrote:
KevJ+2 wrote:Yep, like many others on here, I too have experienced the exact same story. After weeks of waiting for Bond to reply, then Paul Matty trying to charge me £40 delivery for one of his dashboards, I ended up veneering my own.
Supposedly a good product be he still sounds crap at business.


I agree a nightmare to deal with. When did you get your quote from Mattys? Im UK mainland and they quoted me £20, which i thought was pretty reasonable :)


This was about 2 to 3 years ago. They also took ages to get my dashboard (made by Classical Dash) dispatched.They ended up trying to cover their delay by ordering a gold star next day delivery costing £40 It was such an insult that I have never bought a nut or bolt from them since. Just my experience :? As with Classical Dash, I wouldn't have any dealings with him on any level either.
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PostPost by: godfrsa » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:17 am

KevJ+2 wrote:
godfrsa wrote:
KevJ+2 wrote:Yep, like many others on here, I too have experienced the exact same story. After weeks of waiting for Bond to reply, then Paul Matty trying to charge me £40 delivery for one of his dashboards, I ended up veneering my own.
Supposedly a good product be he still sounds crap at business.


I agree a nightmare to deal with. When did you get your quote from Mattys? Im UK mainland and they quoted me £20, which i thought was pretty reasonable :)


This was about 2 to 3 years ago. They also took ages to get my dashboard (made by Classical Dash) dispatched.They ended up trying to cover their delay by ordering a gold star next day delivery costing £40 It was such an insult that I have never bought a nut or bolt from them since. Just my experience :? As with Classical Dash, I wouldn't have any dealings with him on any level either.


I have really only just entered the Lotus world. When I dealt with PMS recently they were super efficient and reasonable. Though I do believe they have had new staff over the past couple of years. Classical dash have always been a nightmare to deal with, I have had dashes for other vehicles from them and its forever the same story "empty promises". The most annoying thing is they take months and months to fulfill a current order yet they are still at shows pushing for more business!!!
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PostPost by: JonB » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:40 pm

This doesn't auger well for my upcoming dash replacement project.. :(
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:04 pm

I suggest you all give Nick a call here: http://www.nicholas-martin.co.uk

I'm sure he has a lead time so if you need a dash to a timescale get your order in early.

My dash came from him, beautiful product and so well wrapped I could have chucked it from a first floor window and it wouldn't get marked. Highly recommended.
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PostPost by: Concrete-crusher » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:14 pm

I bought my S3 elan dash off the shelf at Paul Marty , very nice workmanship and very pleasing

Several years on and it still looks like new.

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PostPost by: 661 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:23 pm

elanfan1 wrote:I suggest you all give Nick a call here: http://www.nicholas-martin.co.uk

I'm sure he has a lead time so if you need a dash to a timescale get your order in early.

My dash came from him, beautiful product and so well wrapped I could have chucked it from a first floor window and it wouldn't get marked. Highly recommended.


That looks like an option.
I wonder if he has templates?
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:49 pm

Yes he does, he's done loads!
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PostPost by: chrisbeck » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:39 am

Ian Bond emailed on Friday to say my dash will be ready for collection this Wednesday, I dropped it off to him just before Christmas so no complaints at all.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:07 pm

I think Ian needs somebody to package and send the finished products out. I know Ian, he's a good guy, he's done some great work for me, but he does need to sort this.
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