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    Dirk & David,

    I wondered what you 2 were on about when I read your posts at first but now I get it!

    .... and the photos show that the standard that Flatlands can achieve is quite simply ... concours!!!

    Alistair

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    My Dash and Dash Top have arrived from Poly-creation.eu

    I asked them not to drill out anything (vents/gear lever) on the dash base; which of course they did.
    But I am happy enough with Poly-creation, quality is good, you can call them and they will pick up the phone; that is more than you can say about the US guys, or the Aussie guys for the matter.


    I *think* that the dash base will need some adjustment because my Actuators encroach into the cabin slightly so I reckon a small section will need to be scalloped out on either side. I might even remake the centre tunnel (below the centre vent) completely, we'll see.









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    Looks like a good quality moulding there, very nice

    My Mk4 dash has shallow dents/scallops in the sides to allow the canopy hinge pins to clear, so you may be right about having to modify, but the Mk1 dash has less depth than the Mk4 around the edges, so you may be OK. Only a trial fit will tell!
    only Pythagoras can save me now!

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    Your new dash looks really great Steve! That's the sort of dash I'll be aiming for too. I'm going to remove my Mk2 curvy top to reveal the Mk1 base, and then make up a pod for the driver's side, but leave the passenger's side without a pod. Can't make up my mind whether to stick with the standard pod or do something more like this. Not sure who's Nova it is, but I like it! ...

    Nice dash with modified pod.jpg

    ... but I'm a long way off doing that, so I'm just fantasizing at the moment!

    Looking forward to seeing your dash in place!

    Alistair

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    That is a shame they did the big cut out for the vent in the middle I am sure that will be hard to get something to fit now, and will need re-glassing. But the dash looks good.

    Dirk

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    The rubber mounts (bushes) for my Subaru gearbox mount have been cut down by a previous owner,
    ...it should be easy enough to obtain replacements, right(?) Wrong.

    Subarugears told me that the bushes were from a Holden Commodore Sway-bar,
    I found the items online (albeit from an Aussie supplier) but they didn't look right,
    the 'inner rim' of the bush was too wide and didn't look like it would fit through
    the hole in the Subarugears cross-member (a 15mm wide slot).

    And that is probably the reason why my bushes were cut down in the first place.

    I asked Subarugears to send me a set of the Holden bushes - 2 emails ignored.
    I called Fellows Speed Shop, who specialise in Subarugears conversions,
    interestingly they don't use the Subarugears front cross-member, they don't like it.
    They couldn't supply the replacement bushes either.

    My concern was that if the bushes don't slot into the cross-member correctly, it allows lateral movement of the pointy end of the 'box, e.g. when you are bombing-it around a corner, and the sideways forces are significant.
    Anyway, after a few evenings searching online, I found an alternative bush, a Superpro generic part intended for Landrovers from a UK supplier.
    This bush (see pic) is 1mm wider than the Holden bush (and with the squared corners it looks a lot bigger) and that is useful as it will support the weight better, it is the same height and the inner rim fits into (through) the cross-member properly for all-round support of the bolt as it passes through the cross-member.

    https://www.trekoverland.com/product...erpro-spf2724k

    A good result in the end - but a couple of days of my life that I won't get back :-(


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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueNova View Post
    I remember you said you were going for the 'ratty' look Steve ... are you still heading that way, or do you think you'll go for a shiny paint job like Jim's after you've seen his Nova?
    Alistair
    I had a slight wobble when someone offered to spray the shell in satin black,
    but the current plan is to stick to gel-coat, warts-n-all ;-)

    The shell is curently with Fibrecraft in Cambridge, but I popped up there last week,
    to check the fit of the new dash base.
    And yeah, the dash will need some adjustment to clear the actuators.

    The roof has been filled-in with the panel from poly creation (see pic),
    it's not a sunroof, but it is an escape hatch (it unbolts).

    Last edited by steve; 01-05-2019 at 09:25 PM.

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    Steve,

    I'm very much looking forward to seeing your Nova (and you too of course!) at Stones sometime in the future. The concept of a 'ratty' body on such a high spec chassis and running gear is quite alien to the Novas of yesteryear (like mine!) which had a shiny body sitting on a 'ratty' chassis.

    OK, on 2nd thoughts it's not fair to use the term 'ratty' to describe my chassis ... it was quite simply a pile of rustworm, whereas your body is receiving lots of attention from specialists to repair damage but retain a 'ratty' look.

    I recall there was a red/black Nova for sale last year that also had the 'ratty' look sitting on a pretty good chassis, etc .... it was sold on ebay but I've not seen any sign of the new owner .... ?

    Anyway, keep the momentum going .... I'm looking forward to seeing your dash in place!

    Alistair

    PS .... I love the escape hatch! You wouldn't know it was there, would you Mark?
    Last edited by BlueNova; 01-05-2019 at 11:08 PM.

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    About 4 years ago a Nova turned up at Stones painted matt black (with a brush (or broom) I think) they were in with the buggy brigade and didn't mix with us. It hasn't been back in subsequent years - but in my opinion that look was way too 'rat' for the car.....
    It's a 50 year old car and everything works, just not always at the same time.......and it's probably about to get jealous!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueNova View Post
    Your new dash looks really great Steve! That's the sort of dash I'll be aiming for too. I'm going to remove my Mk2 curvy top to reveal the Mk1 base, and then make up a pod for the driver's side, but leave the passenger's side without a pod. Can't make up my mind whether to stick with the standard pod or do something more like this. Not sure who's Nova it is, but I like it! ...

    Nice dash with modified pod.jpg

    ... but I'm a long way off doing that, so I'm just fantasizing at the moment!

    Looking forward to seeing your dash in place!

    Alistair
    I always liked the execution of the trim and wood veneer panels on this one too. Very OEM looking

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