1963 Studebaker Lark Dash Restoration

I’ve never repaired a vinyl dash before, so I thought it might be a good idea document the process I have read about on the internet for other Studebaker enthusiasts to persue a repair on their own dash. 1963 Lark dashes are found in one year only, and to find one in good shape is a rare find, most are brittle and cracked, so when I came across this particular dash I had to buy it and try a repair.    The first step is to really find out what is missing from someone who hacked up the radio area of this dash, this is where Bob Peterson from California is helping me out, his been saving Studebaker’s and parts for years.  I have purchased a 4.56:1 gearset and housing from Bob a few years ago for my Drag racing adventures and have run into him at various events over the years. Bob is one of those guys that goes out of his way to help promote the Studebaker hobby with what seems endless parts. Thanks for the help on this one Bob!

Rear view of cut up radio section of a 1963 Studebaker Lark dash.

Rear view of cut up radio section of a 1963 Studebaker Lark dash.

I really don’t know what is missing from this area, and really don’t want to start ripping apart the dash in my Lark to find out. I am not sure whether I have to tack weld a section in or not. Hopefully Bob can help me out of this small delemia.

1963 Dash front.

1963 Dash front.

My plan is to use a few SEM products but have to order them from the States.  The product that I have decided to use are as follows:

SEM Vinyl Prep Kit (Part Number 52042 Z) which contains the Plastic Prep and the Sand Free base for the new red paint.

SEM Texture Coating Aerosol (Part Number10242 Z) this product will enable me to spray on the a texture to cover the repaired cracks.

The SEM products are available threw Eastwood Company or Amazon.

I was also looking at a few products from Urethane Supply Company called Vinyl Prep and Padded Dash Filler  http://www.urethanesupply.com/Repair-Cracked-Dashboard/

I believe the products are used in unison and will most likely buy these as well to make the final product the best I can.  I previously purchased a Pematex Vinyl Repair Kit http://www.permatex.com/products-2/product-categories/specialized-maintenance-repair/fabric-vinyl-fiberglass-repair/permatex–vinyl—leather-repair-kit-detail but I think the Padded Dash Filler is the way I am going to go.

Update June 22 /14 At this point I’ve order all the restoration products and expect to  pick them up at my American mail box on the way home from driving our little Lark to Dover Delaware for the International Studebaker meet. I bought all the products I listed above. See you again when I have time to look at this dash later this summer.




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