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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a GTV6 dash to practice on...

I have a cracked dash. Shocking, I know - the GTV6 dash is known for it's high-quality vinyl. I have a repair procedure in hand, but want to test out various materials and methods before I go all nuts and haul my dash out and leave the car dashless for however long it takes to accomplish the repair. So I ask of the crew here - anyone got a spare, cracked dash they can sell/give me? Looking at mine makes me very slightly nuts (well, I started off that way, otherwise I wouldn't be an Alfa owner multiple times, right? Right?) - slightly MORE nuts. After chasing down some electrical challenges, I'd like to just bask in the glow of some simple prepping, filling, sanding and top-coating. Not really too much to ask, right?

Anyway, the car is a 1982 GTV6, but if I'm not totally wrong 81-86 should work, right?
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I've got an old dash out of our son's '86 I can ship you. It shows the effects of New Mexico sun over several years!

We fortunately, got a NOS dash with the car deal. Unheard of... but it happened.

Want me to get an estimate from UPS?

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Want me to get an estimate from UPS?
Absolutely!
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ok-- give me a couple days here, maybe I can get by UPS late tomorrow before they close. I'll be in touch via PM. All I would ask is that you pay the shipping, since this dash is not something anybody would really pay MONEY for
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I wanted to do something similar but more thorogh of a strip...

If the one with Loco doesn't work out, I have this one but really don't want to ship it: Free GTV6 metal dash

Where are you located?

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By the way, 81-83 dashes had a cutout for hand throttle on the left hand side. Later ones did not have this provision.

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ok-- give me a couple days here, maybe I can get by UPS late tomorrow before they close. I'll be in touch via PM. All I would ask is that you pay the shipping, since this dash is not something anybody would really pay MONEY for
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By the way, 81-83 dashes had a cutout for hand throttle on the left hand side. Later ones did not have this provision.
Actually, that might be an issue. Or not, because a Bowden cable can be rigged to any fixed point, and the fixed point need not be designed into the dash. Pretty much any hand-choke device can be adapted for the purpose.

In any case, I live about 90 miles from the Pacific Ocean, half a continent away from where you are. Pick up is not really feasible.
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ok-- well let me know if you need this one, since you can route your hand throttle about anywhere like you say. Mike has a manual AAV cable coming out next to the HVAC control console, on the passenger side. Meanwhile, I'll look around the stores for a carton long enough for it.

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ok-- well let me know if you need this one, since you can route your hand throttle about anywhere like you say. Mike has a manual AAV cable coming out next to the HVAC control console, on the passenger side. Meanwhile, I'll look around the stores for a carton long enough for it.
That routing of the cable is actual more to my liking. Or something under the dash to the right side of the steering wheel. The left-hand-side positioning sucks, and the additional cable makes it harder to fine-tune the position of the throttle in cold-temp running situations. Note: I only use the hand throttle for about the first five minutes of running. After the water temp gauge climbs off the peg, the car idles fine.

I kind of like the idea of the completely clean metal dash as a starting point. That could be cleaned up and just plain ol' painted satin black. or, if it looks decent, covered with modern vinyl that doesn't get so killed by the sun. Heck, it could get covered with grey vinyl, to match the upholstery! So many choices...

Using extra cardboard ribs to stiffen the carton might be wise. Most shippers like to kill boxes that are long and thin.
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ok-- I'll let you know when I find something, and yes I'll lay a board or something rigid in the bottom to prevent it from getting bent. I'll be in touch...

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