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My dash on my 88 stevens turbo is cracked for some reason. Do I have to remove the binicale to allow me to fit a new one or does it unscrew from the front? Also any one fitted a wooden one as mine is a boaring plastic :getmecoat:

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My dash on my 88 stevens turbo is cracked for some reason. Do I have to remove the binicale to allow me to fit a new one or does it unscrew from the front? Also any one fitted a wooden one as mine is a boaring plastic :getmecoat:

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I may swop with you for a wooden one when i pick up the car.

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I see Chris is an 88 Turbo. Not sure what you have Dave, but be aware the

later SE dash has a couple of extra bits (ice warning i think?) so make sure

you are lining up a model to model swap.

For help, some genius made up a guide for LEW here:

http://www.lotusespritworld.co.uk/EGuides/...e/Binnacle.html

I did the opposite to what you are doing Chris, someone gave me the black

dash. Guess it's down to personal taste, my wood looked like plastic and was

in very poor condition. maybe had it been darker and better nick then it would

still be there.

HTH

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Hi

I have come across both these guides & I have thought about a carbon look dash. I really dont want to dismantle the whole thing as I know the guages will stop working if I do this!! I was hoping that the dash mask would just un screw but dosn't look the case :getmecoat:

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Paul - do you recall the cost of the blank pieces and where you got them from?

You mean the black dash mask set?

They were given to me. An owner had them in his SE and bought the wood instead,

after i'd done the job i gave him my knackered wood set to play around with. Be aware

that you need the side guage cowlings from the old wood set as they are not built into

the black set.

Something not on that guide:

BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR WINDSCREEN

Was not even a thought when i took my dash off, but have heard some owners

have pulled it up too hard and cracked their windscreen. I don't fully understand

how as i thought the process was quite easy, but be aware people have managed

to do this, and take care not too.

The guages are all held in there quite solid. The worse you will do is actually end up

tightening the earths when you re-attach them and allign them up nice for the dash

panel.

I like what Travis has done. It's real carbon which is really cool.

Some people have done it by putting carbon effect film over the

wood, but real carbon has to be better. But i guess it's better to

have plastic that looks like carbon, than wood that looks like plastic.

:getmecoat:

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Travis do you have a picture of the full dash. The pice you have done looks really smart.

Ignore my last post i've just looked at your site. The dash looks really good, i think i might do the same.

Guys,

The 89 Turbo dash that I have is different than the SE which was offered in wood grain. If you have the plastic I do believe you'd have to fit a few of the old pieces to the back of the wood veneer since the wood veneer just comes as veneer and not the whole dash piece. My center dash piece was very cracked and needed replaced, I got mine from Dave Bean engineering here in the US for $70 and I believe the two side pod pieces were about $40 each.

Artie

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...a few little upgrades....

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do you think you can pull off the veneer and end up with a smooth back black plastic surface? or do you need to purchase new plastic pieces?

Sorry very unlikely.... The plastic behind the wood is dark brown in colour and by the time you'd striped off the veneer it would probably look really rough. The plastic dash parts are fairly cheap in comparison to the wood ones anyway.

Martyn :lol:

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where is the best place to buy the stuff for doing the carbon fibre? is there a starter/hobby kit or what do i need from ebay?

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Carbon fiber is rare these days due to Airbus and Boeing...

But you'll need to buy some from a composites place, online or local. Then get some resin, I used clear casting polyester.

You'll need a Dremel tool and sandpaper.

Travis

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I bought mine from e-bay....

Theres loads on there from time to time....

I've got 20 square metres mixed of carbon fibre and carbon kevlar weave to d oa few little projects..... the dash on Bibs old car being one of them..... and some bits for the bike n stuff...

Log on and have a look...... search using carbon twill or weave for example....

Simon

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