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Old January 28th, 2015, 10:59 AM
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NAS Defender fiberglass Dash

It sure where to post this so I'll start here.
I'm thinking of having the hard to find LHD dash parts molded in fiberglass. Would there be any interest in these?
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Old January 28th, 2015, 11:00 AM
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It sure where to post this so I'll start here. I'm thinking of having the hard to find LHD dash parts molded in fiberglass. Would there be any interest in these?
I think that's a definite; here and beyond. Though it may be cost prohibitive depending on interest
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Old January 28th, 2015, 11:41 AM
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After putting together a shitty RHD lower metal dash and putting parts together I am surprised no one has done fiberglass re-po's already. I think you could mill a MTC6142 grab handle out of aluminum and have it polished for cheaper than the prices I've seen for them.

What parts did you have in mind?
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Old January 28th, 2015, 11:50 AM
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Definite interest!
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Old January 28th, 2015, 11:55 AM
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I think what Jeff is trying to say, is that the Defender and Series 3 are very similar, so there may be a crossover market.


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The Defender and Series 3 are very similar, so there may be a crossover market.

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The Defender and Series 3 are very similar, so there may be a crossover market.

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Old January 28th, 2015, 11:56 AM
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I think what Jeff is trying to say, is that the Defender and Series 3 are very similar, so there may be a crossover market.
I agree with what you said.
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I've already decided to scrap the Saudi (NAS) dash and go to standard for several reasons. But if a fiberglass option for a good price was out there, I may change my mind. It would need to be fairly strong. No flimsy crap.
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Old January 28th, 2015, 12:42 PM
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Would definitely be interesting. Almost anything would be an upgrade, so why not?
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Given that the stock lower dash (the spendy bit) is just sheet metal covered in vinyl, I don't see why fiberglass would be easier than recreating it as an aftermarket part with metal cover in vinyl.
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Old January 28th, 2015, 12:48 PM
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I'm not interested in a crossover (!) but would be interested in a defender dash replacement.
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Old January 28th, 2015, 05:11 PM
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With the amount of lhd conversions I've been asked to do and just the interest here I will proceed.

I'll post up some samples when I get that far.
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Old January 28th, 2015, 06:14 PM
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Given that the stock lower dash (the spendy bit) is just sheet metal covered in vinyl, I don't see why fiberglass would be easier than recreating it as an aftermarket part with metal cover in vinyl.
One of the worst items on my '86 was/is the lower dash. It seems with leaky bulkhead/vents (which is probably all of them) water will drip right into the lower dash and stay in there and rust them to hell. Not saying fiberglass would prevent the leaking but given how well it does on boats be a better material. And have it so the water collects in the fiberglass bottom instead of making it's way to the floor and when you run the heater it will "air dry".

There isn't much to the lower dash. Functionality wise you could make the same thing out of white pvc pipe from Home Depot. I don't know much about fiberglass but I can see a mold being pretty straight forward to make - use some metal bits for the top cover and flap items. And once a mold is made, you could make/sell a bunch of them. Shipping would be easy and might not be much with the low weight.

And with fiberglass you wouldn't have to deal with the vinyl cover that holds moisture in as well. Just finish the fiberglass in black or grey
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Old January 28th, 2015, 06:35 PM
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A little aluminum or stainless frame from the Dash to the BH keep it simple. Good luck
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