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PostPost by: AlanG » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:10 pm

I'm fitting a new dash board and as I'm not having a radio will use the radio blank as supplied with the dash. Could somebody tell me how this should be attached to dash.
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:17 pm

It’s screwed in, but probably the new dash does not have the pieces of wood at the rear of the dash. Same for the switches.

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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:50 am

There are two strips affixed to the back of the dash. The blank is screwed to these. As original, and in a replacement dash as below.

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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:12 am

I've never understood the packing strips where the switches mount. Apart from the cost and hassle of fitting them, Chapman was a believer in simplicity.

Why didn't they just use thicker plywood? - perhaps it was a weight saving issue..........
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PostPost by: AlanG » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:30 am

Thanks for the info. folks.
Was thinking I would use the same method as the switches. The screw heads would not be visible then but might be a bit of pain to remove. No different to removing the switches though.

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PostPost by: jimj » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:16 am

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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:21 am

For ease of removal you could just use 4 small blobs of clear silicone and tape it in place until it’s cured. If you then want to fit a radio it would be a simple job to insert a sharp blade to free the insert.
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