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TR7 Grey Dashboards - More than one shade from the factories?

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TR7 Grey Dashboards - More than one shade from the factories?

Postby busheytrader » 23 Jul 2018 22:16

Many years ago, I bought a second hand glovebox for my 1980 DHC. Compared to the glovebox and dashboard in my wedge, it's much lighter. They all look original, as in the textures are the same and there's no sign of them having been repainted.

Was there more than one shade of grey dashboard to come out of Canley or Solihull? I believe black dashboards only came out of Speke?

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TR7 Grey Dashboards - More than one shade from the factories?

Postby Milanoverde » 23 Jul 2018 22:57

I Have a Canley 1980 with grey dashboard. I bought a replacement console cubby and when I got it the tint of the part was slightly off. I'm guessing the part may have come off a Solihull car, either that or possibly bleaching from the sun.

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Re: TR7 Grey Dashboards - More than one shade from the factories?

Postby Beans » 25 Jul 2018 10:40

I don't know if there were different shades of grey used, I personally doubt it. But you never know with BL!
And when you look closely you'll notice that all dashboards were produced in black with the later ones sprayed grey.
Different shades probably caused by the sun and/or dirt. Try a good clean and see what comes out!
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Re: TR7 Grey Dashboards - More than one shade from the factories?

Postby UKPhilTR7 » 26 Jul 2018 08:49

Beans wrote:And when you look closely you'll notice that all dashboards were produced in black with the later ones sprayed grey.

Oh my gosh really? Knowing some of the tricks that BL have used on the past it should not surprise me, but it still does lol.
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Re: TR7 Grey Dashboards - More than one shade from the factories?

Postby saabfast » 26 Jul 2018 12:39

Yes, be careful with cleaning it as you can remove the grey and be left with black highlights!
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Re: TR7 Grey Dashboards - More than one shade from the factories?

Postby XSeries » 27 Jul 2018 23:08

The only grey that is all grey is the ECU cover for the EFI 7s and 8s. This was always grey from the start as production of those was when the grey dash had become the de facto standard.

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