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Calibra Modifications & Calibra Maintenance => Technical Troubleshooting & Servicing => Topic started by: Jepwee on December 16, 2018, 12:35:01 PM

Title: dashboard
Post by: Jepwee on December 16, 2018, 12:35:01 PM
Hi, I have just noticed that the plastic insert between the Dash and screen has cracked in the middle. I have checked through Search that this is a common problem and that covers were made or obtained to cover this fault. Although going through Search which covers most things it doesn't really say how to remove it as it is a separate part from the Dash. Do you have to remove the Dash or screen or does it clip in. I like to remove it so I could have a go of repairing it.

 Many thanks.
Title: Re: dashboard
Post by: TURBOHEAD on December 16, 2018, 15:17:50 PM
Jepwee Hi

You are correct about the problem of cracking..........and yes it is a separate part.   If you look to the left an right of the strip there is a plastic cover which disguises the dash fixing bolts.........they just lift of ......then using a tool to pry the strip up it will be removable.

The repair I did was as follows:-....using a strong glue for plastic......I glued both parts together and left to cure on a flat surface.

When the glue has hardened......I used a hot soldering iron to weld the underside by melting the plastic to give more strength.

Finally I opted for a small roll of Carbon Fibre Vinyl .....great stuff you can even buy it off eBay with a artificial leather look.

Sand the join to smooth finish .......then peal the paper backing off Vinyl and apply a strip ....eneough width to wrap under each edge.
Use a hair dryer to mold and smooth the Vinyl and to release any air bubbles.......Job done.
Title: Re: dashboard
Post by: Jepwee on December 16, 2018, 22:17:40 PM
Hi Turbohead,
 Many thanks for your full guide into removing the Dash infill. I will try and see if they are still available at Vauxhall, which I doubt,  it will a job to do after Xmas as I like the car to stay reasonable condition.
Title: Re: dashboard
Post by: TURBOHEAD on December 17, 2018, 00:58:14 AM
Thats what it's all about mate.

We all love our Calibra's but they do take work to keep them running and looking good.   You may find a S/hand one in good condition ...but it can also develop cracks at a later date.

The reason for the cracking is the direct contact with the heat from the sun and the chemical in the plastic drying out and becoming brittle.

The advantage of repairing yours means you get to choose the finish you want.....and you can always re Vinyl it in any colour or finish.

If you decide to go and fix it will find Vinyl wrap on eBay and there are step by step demo's on You can't go wrong.

Keep us posted.
Title: Re: dashboard
Post by: agw9262 on December 17, 2018, 09:18:37 AM
Couple of other options for you to consider.

One of the members is making carbon fibre covers which look really good - if you’re into that kind of finish


Lenk tuning make replacement covers in a few finishes- they have a website but best to call. They’re based in Germany but speak English.

Both options simply snap over the existing cover so no need to remove.
Title: Re: dashboard
Post by: Jepwee on December 17, 2018, 17:38:05 PM
Thanks for the info regarding covers, however I like to have ago at repairing the original. Removed the right side cove as per Turboheads guide to see how hard it is to remove them. They are a Torx bolt but they are also hex head which I can reach with a 10mm goose neck spanner. Found that the bolt was loose which is why the Dash has been rattling ever I have owned the car and drove me up the wall. Will return after Xmas to have ago at removing it.

Title: Re: dashboard
Post by: Jepwee on December 29, 2018, 17:59:24 PM
Hi, Update on removing dashboard infill. Removed the 2 left and right covers and removed the bolts. On inspection I found the bolts passed through an eyelets that have riveted the infill and dashboard together At the easier lefthand side I found plastic bracket holding the infill cracked right across, therefore at that side there was nothing holding the infill to the dash. Try as I might it would not budge so I gave up. I was hoping to remove it as I have now got Leatheret vinyl wrap and it would be easier to do a good, however I now have to do it with the infill in place. If you guys have anymore tips I would be grateful.
Title: Re: dashboard
Post by: cal16v on December 29, 2018, 21:28:41 PM
Hi Jep,

If you have the dashboard out of the car the job is much easier, but it can be done if its fitted but it's a right PITA believe me.

It involves cutting away the cracked moulding entirely (the bit between the dash and windscreen) leaving just the air-feed.

Here's a link to my solution, which is guaranteed to never need re-doing;

I used 3 longer hex bolts and fastened the whole she-bang that way.

Best wishes
Title: Re: dashboard
Post by: Jepwee on December 30, 2018, 16:45:39 PM
hi, cal16v,

 Many thanks for the info. As mine is still attached to the dash I will have a go of using Loctite Superglue to all the cracks then I will use cellulose thinners to clean off any silicone. Then know doubt spend a couple of hours cursing and swearing fitting the vinyl wrap. Vauxhall in there wisdom riveting the infill to the dash did not allow the infill to expand or contract which only lead to failure.
Title: Re: dashboard
Post by: cal16v on December 30, 2018, 20:47:51 PM
Hi again,

I found as soon as the dash was moved away from the glass just touching it in places cracked it further. Years of the harsh Oz sun no doubt. So in my case I really had no choice.

Good luck with your efforts. Be sure and share your results.
Title: Re: dashboard
Post by: TURBOHEAD on January 01, 2019, 17:52:47 PM
Hi jepwee

Sorry to hear you had agro trying to remove the strip.......last time I did mine was over 10 years ago and I forgot just what a swine it was.

Good to know that you managed it after all......the vinyl should look cool when it is finished.
don't worry if you mess up.......all you need to do is apply hairdryer heat and you you can remove reposition it and re apply it.
Good Luck.
Title: Re: dashboard
Post by: Jepwee on January 02, 2019, 17:59:15 PM
Hi, Guys, Thanks for all your info, I want to crack on with it but the weather has turned cold and I don't want to rush it. I will take off the steering wheel, I have done this before to change the heater bulb, as it will make the job easier. It will be awhile before I do the job and will update how it all went as it may help others in the same position.