How do Urethane Dash Pads Work for Chevy and GMC Trucks?
Restoring an old Chevy or GMC truck can be a lot of fun if you have the garage space available for a long project. Depending on the shape the truck is in, you will have a lot of jobs to take care of. The exterior, the interior, the mechanical system, and the frame and support system will all need your attention. Getting the instructions or online tutorials for each job will be a big advantage. Collecting all the parts and tools before you start each section is a must.
Why do Dash Pads Need Replacing?
The dash pad is right up there under the windshield where it gets a daily dose of sun and the UV rays that damage materials like fabric, leather, and plastic. The dash can be discoloured, cracked, and sun rotted. This is not an attractive look. Since this is a relatively inexpensive and simple replacement, don’t skip it.
Install a Truck Dash Pad
Installing a dash pad using Urethane Dash Pads for Chevy and GMC trucks save money and is relatively simple. Make sure to get the dash pad for your model truck and assemble all the materials and tools in advance. You will need a 3/8-inch ratchet, a socket, and an extension to do this project.
Follow these simple steps:
Remove the old dash pad by crawling underneath the dashboard and unbolting the pad from the metal dashboard. It helps to be able to get in some awkward positions to reach the bolts with the extension. Save the bolts and clean up the metal base.
Unwrap the new dash pad and compare it to the old one to make sure you have bolt holes in the same places. Clean up the dash area and make sure the bolt holes are clear. Now, slide the new dash pad into place on the metal base and adjust it for a good fit.
Do the same contortionist movements to get positioned under the dash to bolt the dash pad in place using the 3/8-inch ratchet and extension. Make sure to use the correct amount of pressure on each bolt.
There are dash pads of other materials available if you can spend more money. The advantage of urethane dash pads is that the color is not just on the surface but all the way through the material. Using them saves money. They are supposed to have more durability than the original dash pads. If you get a quality product, it will match the original dash pad in color, grain, and everything else for an authentic look.
And now, On to More Restoration
Now you are ready to restore the rest of the interior of your truck cab. Do you need to gut the interior or just clean it up? Does the seat need to be replaced or just reupholstered? Do you want to change the color of the interior or stick with the original paint and upholstery colors? Your decision will depend on whether you are going for an authentic look or something you like better.
Once the interior is restored, you should have an attractive, comfortable interior for those Sunday drives. Now, move on to restore the rest of the truck. Do your research and get busy.