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 Posted: 05-04-2011 05:22 am
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cavanbound
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Guys-

I'm considering swapping out the tired stock faux wood in my JH 18082 for the Madera  Concepts wood fittings.  Has anyone got experience installing that can speak to the fit and finish?  I've seen some good feedback on the look, but am curious about how easily their product installs.  Also, on their site they make reference to sending them the cigarette lighter cowl cover so that they can re-veneer this to match - any experience there?

Thanks - Matt

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 Posted: 05-04-2011 11:06 pm
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Matt,

I've done this upgrade and can say without hesitation that the fit and finsih are excellent.  That's not to say that there isn't some work to do on installation.  The coating is very thick which made some of the switch holes too small for the switches.  Nothing some careful sanding and grinding wouldn't correct, but it does take a little work.

As to their need for the cigarette lighter cowl - actually they need all your pieces.  They copy them for size and location of holes.  You get them all back if you ask.  What's different about the cigarette lighter cowl is that this piece is reused.  It has a metal backing that they need to apply the vaneer to.

It's a worthwhile upgrade.  The results are quite impressive.

Ross

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 Posted: 05-05-2011 02:22 am
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Thanks Ross.  Interesting that they told me only to send the cigarette lighter cowl, but I wasn't actually placing an order - just trying to feel out how the product is set up.  I appreciate the reply, and I think I'll get it ordered.  JH 18082 came home from Midwest Motor Sport tuned and ready to run today.  Now I need to tidy it up a bit.


Matt

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 Posted: 05-05-2011 03:30 am
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Matt,
 I  ordered mine and they only needed the cigarette lighter part. I am assuming that they have the other parts down to a science and don't need them anymore. Mine should be done on Friday. So I can let you know when they are delivered how the fit and finish are.

Ron Mau

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 Posted: 05-06-2011 03:02 am
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http://jhppg.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=26887

Here is a link to a pix of the Madera partially installed in 18307. Some minor effort to make fit but well worth it in my opinion.

Best of luck with your project

John

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 Posted: 05-06-2011 01:28 pm
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John-

Looks very nice - reinforces my purchase.  Looks like you might've chosen Carpathian Elm as I did?

One item I'm missing from my trim - the "finishing strip" at the bottom of the panel to left of steering column (light switches, etc.).  This is the quarter-rounding black plastic trim piece (horizontal) that appears to "contain" the fascia wood piece.  Have you removed/reinstalled yours, and do you know if the "finishing strip" piece Delta lists is that same thing I describe?

Regards,

Matt

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 Posted: 05-06-2011 04:43 pm
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I have not installed that panel yet as the PO of 18309 installed a small circular grated rotating air vent between the switches and steering column so I need to modify my Madera piece to install. Just haven't had the time. For the clock surround I simply installed over the existing. Its a friction fit, that is a temporary.

John

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 Posted: 05-07-2011 03:22 am
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I was very happy when I sent away my dashboard for my Jensen GT. The fit and finish is amazing....... so much so, I replaced the pieces in my healey. They recommended the Instrument pod option. It is a perfect fit with 6 screws and fits right over the instrument pod. If I ever get tired of it, it removes quickly by removing the screws.

The customer service is great. When I had the a VINTAGE AIR system installed in my dash on my GT. I sent them the control panel and they custom cut the entire piece so it looks perfect and not something added on later.

Attachment: img_0420dash2.jpg (Downloaded 126 times)

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 Posted: 05-08-2011 01:22 am
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That is a great look in my opinion.

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