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Ready for the dash.
Glove box was a little loose so new tabs made from aluminum and screwed secured the top of the box to the dashunderside. . Much better than the brittle plastic.
The old wrinkle finish was redone, still in the oven but looking good.
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This is so nice that I now want to tear apart my TI and restore it.
 
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A week of iterations until it worked. After trying to unsuccessfully to refurbish the warped dash pad I decided to start from scratch.
First I used the actual dash to lay up a fiberglass piece that would have the exact shape of the pad bottom. It's not flat btw even though it sure looks like it.
Then using heavy balsa wood boards 3/8 thick I made the top and the bull nose over the glove box door. Shaping the bottom of the wood to match the gentle curve or the "flat " top.
Once it fit the fiberglass base without rocking it was epoxied to it, then a 1/8 inch foam layer.
Then the glueing of the black vinyl , thin and stretchable, really nerve racking.
I had bought a yard at Hobby Lobby but then I realized that a trip to the local upholstery supplier might be worth it.
Thin and stretchy, the stuff from HL would not have taken the corners.
I'll have to dedicate a post just to the hole in the wall upholstery supplier that's been there 50 years. 2 hour wait!

I am super happy with the look. Result is that now I can finally install the dash.
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Balsa wood core
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Good fit and even across the glove box
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Fiberglass bottom
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To be attached with screws from the bottom accessible from inside the glove box.
 

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The transmission carpet is the old one that fits well, the new one doesn't fit snugly.
Electrical systems check....everything works.
Dash just dropped in, no problem. BUT I lost one of the three 6mm headed screws that go along the top of the dash.
Special screw with a rounded entry.

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Great looks but after the body door seal the doors won't close. They closed perfectly , with just the right amount of spring back , after the door seals were installed. :(
 

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This is a common problem. It's the on-body seals that are preventing closing? Not the on-door seals?
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Yes, even though the tubing is just 1 or 2 mm larger.
Deciding what to do.
 

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Got it from Cicognani....the interference seems to be along the hinge line.
Tempted to cut the tubing off.
 

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I have never had the on-body seals give me closing trouble, only the on-door seals. But I haven't used the repro on-body ones, only originals.
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Thanks for the tip.
I slide out the on-door seal and see what happens. Those went on rather easily.
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Cicognani velvet gaskets have the tubular part of the correct diameter and the doors close well. Those all in rubber instead have a slightly oversized tubular, making it difficult to close. Why did you put the two-tone ones? In U.S.A. did they arrive like this?
 

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Interesting!
Yes, I have a section of the original felt body seal and the Cicognani is only a mm larger in diameter. Also the car had tan felt originally.
Still investigating....
 

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Did you detect the light brown color in a part not exposed to light and therefore well preserved? I will have disassembled about twenty Giulia 1600 TI but (here in Italy) I have never seen one like it.
In Padua, at the end of the month, I will purchase the velvet trimmings for my 1967 1600 Super from Cicognani (y)
I forgot: congratulations for the great work you have done so far! I too am looking for a cover for the dashboard of my TI SUPER, but I would like to find it original (clearly to be restored ...).
 
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