Dash Front main replacement

Spike95

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I see some keep going back to the top cover/dash. What I am getting or trying is whats below that. This is the main dash from the lower to the top with the part you put the instrument cluster . This is no longer available to buy other then finding a donor truck with one that at least 90% there. I have some pictures showing what I mean. The dash cover it's self screws into it, then you can attach the bezel to that. Last picture is the donor dash that I am going to go see tomorrow. All along the top is gone on mine. This one has one spot that is cracked all the way through by the air control that I will epoxy and cut a piece of metal to attach behind for added strength.

The only thing is that you have to remove this very gentle or it's game over and back to looking. You would think even though it cheap plastic, it would be in better shape being hidden from the sun but nope, its just as brittle. Everything bolts to this even the air bag and glove compartment hinges on this piece frame. Basically this is the whole bottom piece up to the top. I'm just not sure what is the name since its a part of the dash over all. You have three parts. Dash top, bezel and main. The truck has a frozen motor but I am almost attempted for the right price by the whole truck. I'm just not fond of 4x4 due to cost if transmission or transfer case if they are bad but don't know their condition? The truck its self doesn't look bad at all but you can tell the bed was replaced because the truck is blue and the bed is white like mine.
I will eventually have to do this myself. Not having defrost in the winter time really sucks, but I’m afraid to do my heater core.

When the time comes, I am planning to coat the entire backside of mine in a layer of fiberglass. That way every piece of it is protected from future breakage. If you only brace the part that is already broken, then the areas adjacent to that will be the next thing to crack.
 

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If you roll it gently, you should be able to replace what you need. I did the heater core maybe 8 yrs ago and it went fine. cracks started a few years after that. I have notice most of the trucks found suffer the same damage. If the break isn't as bad. I'm sure the cover that has the full attachment for the bezel would fix the problem but when you have a huge part of the main damaged like mine, Its almost impossible to have something for the top to tie into. You would think since Dodge has this mold, they would either sell the part or allow other to do it. This part is pretty much most of the dash structure. Paying $800 from ebay for what is known to be defective just doesnt seem feesible
 

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MY A/C evap core and fan are not working. I asked 2 different shops to replace them and both said no. Claiming that the dash breakes to easy and they don't want to touch it.
I ordered the evap core, heater core and new blower motor with fan from Rockauto and will be replacing them myself.
The crazy idea I have is to not put the factory dash back in. I am a wookworker and will try and build a custom dash with a all new Autometer gauges. Will be interesting to say the least, but I'm willing to try. Will start a build thread as I progress through the project.
I would like to see that. I'm a wood worker as well but can't imagine trying that. I did think of maybe trying to make a wood piece to go across the top but it would mean a lot of work to follow the curves. I tried to epoxy the broken parts from the one I broke and it was a disaster. Its like nothing works to keep them together. I even duck tape over the broken pieces after epoxy and it didn't work. I guess duck tape doesn't fix everything. lol My thought was you wouldn't see it so why not?.
 

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Good day and my prayers go out to you for even attempting this. I can tell you from my experience with your project that if you have the patience of Jobe and a dremel ,you can fabricate portions of that dash board . some drywall patch panels that have metal in them are easily bent and formed to the dash and covered with either fiberglass or epoxy will work you just have to be " VERY " DELICATE with it . I did a gen 1 with fiberglass fill in and it held up ok and I am working on a 99 and I still have a lot of this stuff to do. if you do wood work ,try using those foam bricks floral foam to create potions ,you can shave it to form then coat with epoxy resin.
 

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If you can take out the entire dash as 1 piece it makes it easier to tackle the job of the heater, ac condenser ,It is a bear but with two people and a lot of care it can be done. Dodge made this so you take it out as a single unit wiring and all .
 

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if you do make a replacement of your own making I would love to see it maybe a prototype for a new enterprise,MAYBE
 

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If you can take out the entire dash as 1 piece it makes it easier to tackle the job of the heater, ac condenser ,It is a bear but with two people and a lot of care it can be done. Dodge made this so you take it out as a single unit wiring and all .
That is my intention.
Hoping that I can still drive it without the dash installed. Would make it easier to test fit the wooden replacement dash.
 

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.......
 

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Please post pictures of the progress. I would love to see it. I had to side track my project due to some electrical issues in my house so I have to hope in the next couple of weeks that truck I'm looking at will still be available. Otherwise the looking will continue. Thankful I'm not having to rush.
 
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