Any body tried to re-do there own dash ,might try and do this myself $400 + for a new one + shipping= freeking crazy. Looking at my 63 Impala doesn't look that tough had dabbled in a few int. projects just looking for some input. I found a site that has auto. vinyl 2 yds for around $50 www.yourautotrimstore.com Thoughts, ideas??
Depends upon whether you have installed seat belts and a shoulder harness in the car. That vinyl covered foam dash pad was all that separated you from the steel dash beneath it. I started driving in the fifties and saw a lot of accidents. I paid my way through engineering college working for a decade as a Deputy Sheriff (in the south the Sheriff is the principle law enforcement officer, not just a paper server). So when I say a lot of accidents I saw nearly all of them. Back in the early sixties before seat belts and collapsing steering columns there were a lot of fatalities due to people bouncing around inside the car's interior.
I used to run a bolt in Moroso safety bar (just a loop roll bar) not for roll over protection, but to provide a place to anchor my five piece Simpson safety harness. You really want to stay inside the vehicle during an impact.
Ignoring the above I have seen repair kits where you belt sand the dash pad flat and then slather in an epoxy to fill all the voids. Once you have a flat smooth surface (more sanding) you recover what is left with either a rubberized paint or vinyl cloth.
Very hard to get that vinyl to lay nice on the corners unless you vacuum bag it some how. Which is not that hard, maybe YouTube has something on it. You can strip the vinyl, grind off the rivets, paint the steel shell and reinstall as an option. Go pad less. Here's mine in the process. Mine is going to get covered with carbon fiber.