Repairing (screw) holes on a dashboard

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Repairing (screw) holes on a dashboard

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Hello there,

My MGB’s dashboard has some wood veneer panels on the Dashboard, similar to the packs you can still buy. According to the cars history they were added in 1980 at the same time as a number of other “upgrades” ( non-standard seats, change in colour [given my car was originally Harvest Gold, I’m okay with that change], holes in the boot bulkhead for speakers etc); and were attached with Philips screws drilled through the dashboard.

I have nothing against the wood veneer itself, but dislike the bare screws and overall prefer the original blank wrinkled dash look. Inevitably, however, if or when I remove the wood effect panels, I’m going to have a number of unsightly holes across the dashboard.

Is there a means / product for filling the holes that will blend with the wrinkle effect on the dashboard below? Or am I going to have to resort to removing and reconditioning / replacing the dashboard? (In MGB / car maintenance terms, I’m very much a beginner - so would prefer to avoid that one for now.) Any advice or tips from forum members will be gratefully received.

Thanks

David
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Re: Repairing (screw) holes on a dashboard

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I think your answer will depend on what the original dash looks like when you remove the wood. I suspect the wrinkle finish may be quite damaged, in which case getting it restored or replaced is your only option.

If you are fortunate and just have a few small holes, then they could be carefully filled with something like JB weld (epoxy) and then touched in with satin black paint and a fine brush.

It depends on exactly what standard you are looking for.

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It hadn’t crossed my mind that the veneer would be hiding further horrors beneath the surface. That would certainly be... umm... unfortunate.

Thanks for the lead on the epoxy. Definitely worth exploring as an option. As to your question on standards, I think it’s the current mismatch between ambition and current skill level, but there is only one way to learn. And I did buy the car in the first place to learn these skills

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A good choice of classic, most parts are available (although some are of dubious quality, and it's often better to keep/ restore what you have than buy new). MGB's are straightforward to work on and there is much ready information and help available - just ask!!

Keep us up to date with progress,

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Will definitely keep the forum / register informed. It will be a while though before I see what condition the dashboard is in (work commitments). But that does mean I have too much time on my hands to plan potential projects!

Which leads me to my follow up question...

Is there from the MG factory (or by an enthusiast) any schematics showing the measurements for the MGB Dashboard? That is technical drawings which show the dimensions of the dashboard, measure the curvature at the top and underside, and show the sizing of holes for switches and gauges? It’s probably mad and impossible, but if the Dashboard is damaged, I may have a cunning plan!

David (in full Baldrick mode)

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Nothing that I know of David, but such technical drawings may exist in the MGCC archive?

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1972 BGT, Blaze, Navy trim, recessed grill
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