View Full Version : Dashboard R.&R? Tedious as balls

07-09-2010, 09:40 AM
Okay, so this isn't Celica related, but my mom's Nissan NX has been having problems.
My mom's been ill for a few years, had endometriosis then had a hysterectomy. Being forced into an early menopause hasn't settled with her, and she's physically and mentally depressed.

Her car, which isn't anything to brag about in the first place , blew two freeze plugs last winter then had a tree fall on it.

I've been repairing her car as new problems developed, replacing those plugs, injectors, doing maintenance, etc.
Over time, the crack in her windshield got even worse, and she couldn't drive it.

For her birthday, I told her I'd take it home with me and fix it.

So far, I've replaced two bad injectors, both front axles, all brake pads, turned the rotors, replaced her clutch, radiator, hoses, spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, rotor button, and a million other parts.
I finally got it running like a real car. It even goes faster than 45 miles an hour!

So now the project is the one I was dreading the entire time: making it look nice.
20 years of sitting in the sun has done horrible things to the interior.
The paint is miraculously in good condition, but there are a bunch dents and dings. Her driver side tail light is busted, and her windshield is toast.
The most noticeable cosmetic issue is her dashboard.
It looks like the Grand Canyon.

Well, not anymore.

After disassembling her interior, taking out god-knows-how-many screws and bolts, dropping her steering column (TWO BOLTS TO DO THAT), I get to where I can pull out her dashboard.
Two more hours of banging on it with a bodywork hammer and using a 9-in-1 to break off all the dried, cracked vinyl, I'm finally down to just foam pad on plastic.

My plan is to use foam insulation spray to reshape the dashboard and then cover it with either vinyl or a fabric she'll like (read: something pink or purple). Maybe throw a coat of fiberglass on there before the new fabric just for good measure.

07-09-2010, 11:39 AM
That's nice, but...


07-09-2010, 07:53 PM
Good job KM. You've got to take care of your Mom.

It alwayes amazes me when you start working on interior stuff. There will be enough screws and bolts from the factory to bolt an elephant to the ceiling. Some of the mission critical items in the suspenion or drivetrain, minimal fasteners. Go figure.

Post up some pics.

How hard has it been finding parts for the NX. As I remember Nissan didn't sell a lot of them.

07-09-2010, 07:57 PM
Buddy of mine had a Pulsar NX, we never had a hard time finding parts, other than hop up parts.

07-09-2010, 10:57 PM
The one my mom has is the NX1600. It's got the GA16DE.
I wish she had the NX2000, 'cause that's the SR20.

This is what it looks like, minus the wheels (it has stock 13s) and the wing.

My rechargeable AAAs have bit the dust, it seems, so no pictures yet. I wish they worked, 'cause I would have loved to take before and after pictures of the interior.

Parts wise, parts stores carry pretty much everything. All engine, suspension, brakes, etc parts are for the early 90s Nissan Sentra.
Body wise, none of the GA Pull-A-Part yards have NXs. I did find a local (Fairburn, GA... about 15-20 minutes away) yard that had two or three NX2000s, so when I can get up some money, I'll go see if I can find a decent windshield and taillight.

07-09-2010, 11:03 PM
I was just wondering how the parts availability was. They sold more Pulsars than the later NX's. They weren't a bad looking car, it just seemed like they didn't sell really well.

Definitely post up pics as you can.

07-13-2010, 02:33 AM

07-14-2010, 03:02 AM
I saw a red one the other day while looking at houses. Interesting coincidence with this thread.

The car looks like it's coming along. Good work.

07-14-2010, 03:48 AM
I picked up some new supplies today.
A new bit to accommodate my sanding pads, some new sanding files, fiberglass mat, fiberglass-okay filler.

The problem I'm having is that some of the bigger cracks and holes are hard to fill with resin, and they're taking more coats than I'd prefer to put on.

I have to figure out how the vents go in and all, and see if they hide mounting screws. If not, I'm just going to fiberglass them in permanently.

Tearing out the vinyl put some space in between the vents and the dash. Noticed it during a dry fit.

I'm hoping to finish it by the weekend, but I'm averaging 2-3 fiberglass coats a day. It's a really big piece, so it takes time.