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crack free W116 dash for sale

Post by CraigB » Sat 17 Jun, 2017 10:07 pm

I'm not sure if this is the best place to chase this but i tried the W116.org forum and it has nowhere near the activity it had back when i had my W116. Its a reminder of the longevity of this forum and its activity.

I'm doing a bit of rationalising and thought i would see if any interest in a crack free black W116 dash. I bought this planning to fit to my car, but it is one of those big jobs so i cleaned it, coated in vaseline, wrapped in layers of gladwrap and stuck it in the shed roof until i had time. I guess after i sold my car i figured that one day maybe i would pick up a 6.9 and that would justify the probably silly price i paid for it. At the time my reasoning was, where will i find another and also based on the money to get one reskinned, but I don't think any of the dash palces have the original pattern of vinyl material anymore to reskin, so while they can produce a tidy job, for someone pedantic like me it never looks quite right - like the one in my W108.

The only thing not perfect, and have tried to capture it in photo is a slight 'blister' where the vinyl has come away from the backing stuff. I imagine a syringe with needle and thin glue you could pierce it and hold it to fix. Maybe just a heat gun would do it. But I think it is hard to spot as is so i won't touch it - wouldn't bother me if in a car.

Has perfect Zebrano wood facia and all the vents, speaker trims etc. My thinking is that I think the cheapest place to reskin is Dash Doctor and in modern vinyl that will cost you $750 I think it was when i checked recently. If you have a 6.9 the Zebrano trim is not much use but imagine you could sell that on for a good price or maybe you need that too. I am happy to pack carefully in bubble wrap and make a box for free but you will have to pay for freight (from Hawthorndene SA 5051 (Adelaide Hills Australia) or you might be able to twist my arm for a depot drop off if it make a big difference - EGO is worth checking out for online quote - 8.5kg (say 10 to be safe with packing) and roughly 150 x 40 x 40 allowing plenty of packing.

So I would love to hear from interested buyers or people who want to just offer opinions on value. If its worth nothing then it can go back in the roof with my rocking horse faeces but hopefully it is just what someone is looking for. Happy to separate wood too but obviously easier for me to just move it on complete.

Also any advice on where all the W116 activity is - I hope someone is looking after these great cars.
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Post by mrkozzy » Sat 24 Jun, 2017 3:56 pm

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Post by AMG » Sat 24 Jun, 2017 4:39 pm

I'm curious to know whether or not it would fit in as a replacement dash in a Range Rover Classic.... Been having a lot of thoughts about dash modifications lately. I like the w116 air vents too,

Actually I'm going to have to go take some more serious measurements now... curiosity has the better of me.
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Post by CraigB » Sun 25 Jun, 2017 2:25 pm

That's very creative Joe - more curves!

Thanks for the interest shown and i did get quite a bit of international interest too. Chatting to a couple of people though the reality set in as to how old this dash is and that it could crack just in the installation process. So my plan is to hold off for a little bit and check out Adelaide interest and I can give a potential purchaser a hand and we can very carefully put it in together. If it cracks it cracks but at least i will know it has gone in best it can and money can change hands for less than it would cost to have someone fit it - sort of donating my time but then i like 'hanging out working on cars'. Have one local guy in mind. If all else fails you can spin the dice and i will sell it very cheaply.
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Post by markb » Mon 26 Jun, 2017 10:09 pm

Went to visit The Dashboard Doctor Craig a few months back, after some of your posts on the W108. Turns out my 'Sydney car' dash appears to have been reskinned, as it has lifted, not cracked...unfortunately dash needs to come out, so dash mat will continue to hide it in the meantime (it passed the concours judges, just the once)
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Post by CraigB » Mon 26 Jun, 2017 10:57 pm

Have you ever seen one of those dash caps in the flesh? Adsitco on ebay have them for a range of cars. Out of interest I asked if they could do RHD. They are going to ask supplier, but asked me how many. Interesting in particular if you don't have to remove the dash given the comments made by others about how hard it is to change dashes.
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Post by leyphip » Wed 28 Jun, 2017 10:41 pm

I have a dash avaliable...again though it does have a blister. Price is .negotiable and can post pics if any interest.
Its the blue colour as car i terior is navy.

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Post by CraigB » Wed 28 Jun, 2017 11:55 pm

Where are you located? You can see responses here and a guy from WA contacted me via another forum and can pass on info to you.
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Post by TheMadRacoon » Thu 29 Jun, 2017 9:42 pm

AMG wrote:I'm curious to know whether or not it would fit in as a replacement dash in a Range Rover Classic.... Been having a lot of thoughts about dash modifications lately. I like the w116 air vents too,

Actually I'm going to have to go take some more serious measurements now... curiosity has the better of me.
That wouldn't look out of place at all. Maybe a centre console (ie transmission console) from a Series 1 update Discovery would mate well with it, though I don't recall seeing a black one.

Many years ago OS I saw an open top Jeep - maybe a CJ5, not the later Wrangler - with a W123 dash in it. Weird but nice.
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Post by leyphip » Fri 30 Jun, 2017 1:37 am

CraigB wrote:Where are you located? You can see responses here and a guy from WA contacted me via another forum and can pass on info to you.
Wollongong/Nowra way...2 hrs South of Sydney.

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Post by CraigB » Fri 30 Jun, 2017 10:43 am

Mrkozzy is in Victoria, not sure what colour he prefers but i think it was him that told me the blue ones usually crack more, so could be just what he is looking for.
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