I have a dashboard out of a 74 to put into
my 71. It's covered in vynal and has cracks
on top and corners knocked off of it.
Does anyone have a source to have it recovered in vynal or leather and does a good
job so the covering won't peel back after a
few years? Thanks.
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Check the yellow pages of the phone book under auto upholstery. Some shops have a plastic repair job that works great. I had my armrest repaired in 1984 and you still can't tell it had been torn. The color and grain matched perfect.
Be aware that all '74 dashes are embossed vinyl with no covering at all. The early dashes are upholstered. And while physically mounting the late dash in your early Pantera is not difficult, getting the defrosters to work is... The vents in the early unit are in different places than in the late and are round rather than elongated, so you'll need to adapt some hoses and maybe fabricate some sort of hose attachment to the AC/heater box, then figure out how to route it without interfering with the tach. speedo and all the wiring. It's been done before but it ain't easy. Good luck- J DeRyke
I installed a '74 dash into my '72, and it was an extremely labor-intensive job. I have about 40 hours invested so far (just in the dash installation--not counting removal of the previous stuff) and it's not quite finished. I was fortunate in that I also had a '74 heater box, which is different from the early-dash box. It physically bolts in the same place (thankfully) but the outputs are all different. You could probably modify an early heater box to duct the air to the new locations without much difficulty.

Be advised that you can't use a '74 dash with the early-style center console and instrument panel. Surprise! The vertical dimensions of the two interiors is different, and it's my understanding that if you try to use a late dash with an early center section, you'll be left with a gap about one inch high at the bottom of the dash.

That said, it can probably be overcome....

Also, the late and early dashboards are physically mounted to the car in a completely different fashion, requiring fabrication of mounts on the car to accept the mounting tabs on the dash.

Hall Pantera sells a beautiful ready-to-go cover that slips right over your wiped out single-pod dash and renders it looking like new. Nice piece!

Finally, I'd ask what is inspiring you to make the change at all? If you simply need to install *A* dashboard, the early two-hole dashboards are extremely plentiful and have virtually no value; I'm sure you could buy a beautiful one for under $100. I *gave* mine away for nothing.....

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