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What is this on my early dash?

I am redoing my dash and center console, hopefully in leather with a few new guages and ac vents....

What is this and what is under it...I thought air vent but nothing ever comes out of it except the voices....but I hear those wherever I go



Center channel speaker cover??


If useless, replace with ?????
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The 924 came out before stereo car radios were popular. That center grill is for a speaker.

Some owners have replace the grill with a custom gage panel.
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is there an after market cover for this grill???
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Yeh, sorry, forgot to attach the pic!

So....this hole is big enough for electronics?


Hey, I got it..great spot for a friggin cup holder!!
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Nice FR!

(you could maybe fit a little better around the edges but nice)

I think the guages look really right there.
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Nice FR!

(you could maybe fit a little better around the edges but nice)

I think the guages look really right there.
I almost think that's the stock piece with holes for the gauges cut into it, and then wrapped in material.

Fit looks very similar to that of the picture you posted.

There's not much depth behind it, 2" or so. It should come off fairly easily, it's just press in. Pry it straight out from the bottom then from the top. There's a little sound deadening material in there that you'll want to get rid of(huge weight savings, j/k ).
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The stock grill will make a good template/backbone for whatever I do make for it.....Sounds good
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Mmm. That'd look pretty smart in aluminum alloy too. I think you're onto something there chap. I've long been thinking of having a specialist lightweight carpet made up to cover the cracks in my dash. A customised cover based on that idea would give me somewhere to clip it into to stop it sliding around. Could be turned into a useful small change scoop or similar too.
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i use carbon fiber to make something there...hmmmm... carbon fiber....mmmmmmmm
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Darkskys - may want to consider leather...if you cut the template yourself many upholstery shops stitch for pretty cheap..

I am looking at some of the new P dashes to see what they've put in their spaces. This whole console area is seen so often while driving I really want mine to look great and ergo..

Anyone seen the new bently interiors..that brown leather is unbelievable!
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Oh yeh, can't put change there. kids/bums in the states will break into your car for visible change and cd's.
Got to keep it looking empty or bolted down.
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TCMdocs, is that your car in the pic you posted? I've never seen a 2-spoke wheel on a 944 before. I really like the look of the guage panel in there. Screw the cupholder, a soda can or cup will fit snugly between the driver door and the seat, at least it does on my car.
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Nah, not my car...borrowed the pic from the net..I think it is a 924
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it's a 3-spoker, same as my '84

that gauge pack is sharp

how but a heads-up holographic GPS mapping display.... with nite vision
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Cool tv

I thought about mounting my 7.5 inch tv screen there from my dvd player. Seriously. I have it just sitting in my garage from my civic. I could also hook gps up to it.

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Darkskys - may want to consider leather...if you cut the template yourself many upholstery shops stitch for pretty cheap..

I went to a scrapyard today and found quite a nice piece of leather from the rear bench seat of an old fire truck. I was really thinking of just making a top cover - are you going to go the whole way and upholster the entire dash?

The plasticizer has completely evaporated from my dash and has some extensive cracking around the vents. I was considering removing the whole dash at one point and sticking in a new item. Anyone have an idea how long a job that is? It looks pretty straight-forward in the terms of spannerwork but I'm concerned at how fiddly getting all the electrics back in is. Is the old style dash still available? How much work is required to put in the later dash? Straight swap with some electrical loom extensions?

Finally - the old speaker grill is that just a press in fit? If I bail out of a dash replacement and carry on with the top cover idea I was thinking of using the speaker grill as a small glovebox / scoop. I wondered how you pop out that grill - pry it up gently around the edges with a screwdriver?
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The center grill is held in by friction fit pins and recievers. Just pry carefully on the corners and the grill should pop right off.

Taking an early dash board out is a lot easier than removing a late dash board. I'm not sure if they are available new, but there is one company that will recover the dash for about $800.00.

A much cheaper way to get the dash recovered would be to search for custom interior shops and see if they can help.
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The center grill is held in by friction fit pins and recievers. Just pry carefully on the corners and the grill should pop right off.

Taking an early dash board out is a lot easier than removing a late dash board. I'm not sure if they are available new, but there is one company that will recover the dash for about $800.00.

A much cheaper way to get the dash recovered would be to search for custom interior shops and see if they can help.
Cheers for that. I'm looking into the possibility of re-upholstering the dash myself. I'm going to try making my own dash mat out of leather but if it looks crap I may just bite the bullet.
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