Hymer Starline 640 dashboard

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  1. holmzie1

    holmzie1 Read Only Funster

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    Yet another problem! After a leaking windscreen the previous owner tried to hide the damage with new carpet on the dash. He covered all the vents (when my sweets melted in the glove compartment we knew we had to investigate). We found foam and wood underneath (the wood secured with a variety of odd screws so it had been tampered with or replaced). Do older vans have wood underneath the carpet? The van is 1998. Help!
     
  2. JeanLuc

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    Mine is 2003 so may be a little different, but the carpet sits on top of a heavy-duty grey plastic 'tray' unit (or dash-top moulding) below which is a fairly thick wood base. By the sound of things, you may need to do some serious dismantling to check that none of the wood has rotted. I presume this was a private sale - do you have any come-back?

    If you need advice or work done, I can recommend Peter Hambilton at Preston. He has forgotten more about Hymers than most dealers know!

    http://www.friendlyhippo.co.uk/hymerdirect/
     
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    My 1992 544 had a marine ply 'dash' under the carpet, I wasn't too keen on it. At the time a pal of mine was building one off prototypes for industry using specialised steel panels with various finishes. One was a sandwich of thin steel with a composite filling,the outer layers of the panel were finished with a plastic texture coating. My job was finished in a wood grain finish,by coincidence! He used the old 'dash' as a pattern,even the speaker holes were put in. The product had many names one was SDS-sound deadening steel,it was used a lot in the transport industry. Acousteel is a name http://www.acousteel.com/

    I wholeheartedly endorse the comments regarding Peter Hambilton. He did some work on my new van and his finish was very similar to Hymers. And indeed what he doesn't know about Hymers isn't worth knowing.
     
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