Continuing with the bargain basement theme of this dash refurb, I picked up a pile of old dash fascias quite some time ago on the off-chance that one of them would be useful …

Capri dash fascia panel

Unfortunately, they were all scrap – some had been hacked about to fit newer radios in, some were just knackered all round and one was mostly alright, but had been sprayed white at some point in its history. Spending a few years at the end of someone’s garden probably hadn’t helped either. It’s got to be worth seeing if I can come up with something Blue Peter-style

The white painted fascia had one of the mounting lugs snapped off on the bottom, so I cut out a section from another unit and “plastic welded” it in using a hot blade on my gas soldering iron. This should make for a more durable fix than attempting to glue just the lug itself…

Fixing a broken dashboard fascia panel lug on the Capri

Using the old spongy pad thing off the fascia as a template, I cut out a new covering in some “padded leatherette” that I’d got off eBay a while back with a £10 PayPal voucher that they sent me, for some still unknown reason. I wasn’t too worried about getting it exactly right first time round as I’d ended up with a bargain-tastic two metre roll of the stuff.

Went out and test-fitted it into the car … and I’m not so sure I picked the best colour now. It looks darker on the roll – kind of like milky coffee – but in the car it seems really bright and much more white. Maybe I’ll have to get something in mid-grey or similar instead, as it seems to stand out rather in amongst the chocolate dash…

Either way, I’ll sleep on it and at the end of the day, if I don’t like it in a week it’s easy enough to take the dash out and change it again