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Looking for w108 dash wood

I'm trying to find a replacement piece for the dash in my '66 250s. I bought the car with the dash removed and all of the wood looks salvageable except for the small curved piece that goes to the right of the glove box and holds the passenger's air vent.

I've seen whole dash sets for sale on eBay, but not individual pieces. I'm anxious to get the dash put back together so the car can stop looking like a skeleton of itself on the inside, but without that piece I don't want to start as I'll have to refinish all of the wood prior to reinstalling it anyway, and want to make sure the pieces all match. Anyone have any ideas on where to source that piece or have one sitting around they wouldn't mind selling?
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Also, anyone have any experience with dash caps? My dash pad is pretty cracked and sad looking. I see dash caps for sale all over the internet, but I can't tell if they are a good solution or not. I'd rather hold out for a better vintage piece than put something plastic in there that's going to look cheap or fit poorly, but if the caps look halfway decent I'd be interested, at least as a quick fix until I find the perfect replacement. Any pictures would be really appreciated. Thanks!
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Heritage Woodworking will redo any of your wood and bring the old stuff back to life. Do a general search on the forum and you should find their POC info.

Also, regarding a new dash, if you opt for a brand new (or new old stock) dash, you'll pay a lot of cash. I bought a dash cap for my 108 and didn't have any issues whatsoever. Be sure to use a good glue to hold it on though.
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Thanks Grubeguy! I'll look into Heritage Woodworking. That particular piece of the dash has frayed into it's composite layers, some of which are buckled, so I'm not sure if it can be brought back from the dead, but I'll definitely investigate trying.

Thanks also for the dash cap info. I know a true dash replacement would be really expensive, which is why I'm considering a cap instead. Do you happen to have any pictures of the cap in your 108? Is the fit really flush, or do you have to really rely on the glue to hold everything in place?
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There are wood repair places that will reglue the layers back together.

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That particular piece of the dash has frayed into it's composite layers, some of which are buckled, so I'm not sure if it can be brought back from the dead
My bow wood, in front of the windshield, had delaminated almost completely. I dampened the pieces with a sponge and used gorilla glue to put it all back together. If you go this route, be sure to use a BUNCH of clamps to hold everything together - gorilla glue expands as it cures. I also had to trim off the excess glue that squeezed out, after a couple days. Once complete, the wood was as hard as a rock, and an excellent candidate for refinishing. Be sure to use marine grade urethane and stain - it lasts longer in the direct sunlight.

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Do you happen to have any pictures of the cap in your 108? Is the fit really flush, or do you have to really rely on the glue to hold everything in place?
I'll have to check my computer - I didn't take a lot of software or digital pics with me when I transferred here. PM me your email address and I'll send anything I find.

I used contact cement to put the cap on and keep it in place - you'll need to fasten the cap on with something... One corner just refused to stick, so I used gorilla glue there too, and a bunch of clamps to keep it all together as it cured. The fitment wasn't perfect, but the gap that WAS there was covered with the pillar covering. In all, I thought it looked pretty good. I'm not sure it'd win at Pebble Beach, but most folks wouldn't notice.
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