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    Thread: WTB: 1985 Quantum cluster/controls surround trim.

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      08-20-2012 08:23 PM #1
      Want to buy: The instrument cluster surround (plastic trim), and the radio/controls surround (plastic trim) for a 1985 Quantum. Thanks, David.

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      08-20-2012 08:32 PM #2
      I know where a couple are.. what you willing to pay in good shape??

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      08-21-2012 02:10 PM #3
      edward40handz.... I have the pieces from my car, but they are somewhat broken in a place or two. I'm going to attempt a repair. I really don't have an idea of the worth of the used parts. Can you give me an idea of what they are asking for the parts, or what you would pay if you were looking for them. Thanks, David.

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      08-21-2012 02:58 PM #4
      Early style are near impossible to come by in unbroken shape. I just replace them with later model surrounds. The center vent doesn't seal up since it's an oval rather than a rectangle, but it doesn't make a huge difference. Only other thing is you have to grind down the AC control faceplate a little on the side to fit it in there. But it looks a hundred times better. And the parts are still easy to find. Same with the headlight/turns/grill. I have all the parts for a swap for dash and headlights if you want to do a trade.
      This was my old 1984 QTD wagon after I did the facelift and dash surround swap (best pics I have left):


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      08-21-2012 06:11 PM #5
      JohnBarleyCorn..... Thanks for that information. I'm going to try to repair the surround I have for the radio/controls, as it is broken in a few places. I have almost all of the pieces, so I'm going to try it. May have to fabricate a small piece from styrene. Using "Plastruct Bondene", solvent for styrene and ABS. So far it's holding, and melting the pieces together. If I'm not successful, I'll contact you about your parts. Looks like your Quantum is in very nice condition. Mine is an '85 (4 headlight), and those parts are OK. Thanks again. David.

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      08-21-2012 09:06 PM #6
      Well, the later style lights and grill bolt in and the wiring is pretty simple to convert. The replaceable 9004 bulbs are much brighter and easier to deal with. I've got a few sets, so no hurry. Good luck on the repairs. How's the bottom left petition of the cluster surround? Is the headlight switch area broken?
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      08-27-2012 11:32 PM #7
      JohnBarleyCorn.... I have repaired the radio/controls surround, and will try to install it and see if it holds up. The area around the headlight switch is broken at the left lower corner. I'm also going to attempt a repair there. I'm using styrene from the hobby shop, and some "Plastruct Bondene" to do the repairs. The glue seems to hold up fairly well, just a matter of being careful on reassembly. I'll post my results. Thanks, David.

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      08-28-2012 11:12 AM #8
      Good luck. I've had some limited success fixing some areas, but the press-fit switches and the screw fittings ususally ended up failing again. I think next time I'll do a graft of the oval AC duct onto the old rectangular one. Maybe in my Coupe project...depending on what dash I end up using.
      I've got several sets for the new style, so just let me know if you need any.
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      08-28-2012 10:26 PM #9
      JohnBarleyCorn.....If things don't work as I hope, I'll be contacting you for some parts. I've also got a plastic welder as a backup to the solvent approach. Used to do some plastic type repairs when I was in the body shop business, hope it will do the job if i need to use it. David.

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      09-13-2012 02:23 AM #10
      Still need a cluster? I might have one. 4cyl or 5cyl?

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      09-14-2012 11:00 PM #11
      DubbinChris.....

      Just needing the plastic trim that surrounds the cluster, and the plastic trim that surrounds the radio & heat/a-c controls. My cluster is OK, as are the controls. The plastic trim is broken in several places, a common occurance for the Quantums. Tried a repair, but no good luck.

      Also needing a hazard switch. Mine has fried and come apart, so no turn signals as well.

      Thanks,

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      09-15-2012 06:55 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by edselsouth1 View Post
      DubbinChris.....

      Just needing the plastic trim that surrounds the cluster, and the plastic trim that surrounds the radio & heat/a-c controls. My cluster is OK, as are the controls. The plastic trim is broken in several places, a common occurance for the Quantums. Tried a repair, but no good luck.

      Also needing a hazard switch. Mine has fried and come apart, so no turn signals as well.

      Thanks,

      David.
      I will talk to my buddy who has three of these early wagons.. I'll get back to you.

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      09-17-2012 12:31 AM #13
      edward40handz.....Thanks for your reply. Waiting to hear if the parts are available.. Thanks, David.

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      09-17-2012 07:28 PM #14
      Of they fall through, still have these sitting here.
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      10-02-2012 09:06 PM #15
      JohnBarleyCorn... I need those parts for the dash on the '85 Quantum wagon. Thanks, David.

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      10-03-2012 10:53 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by edselsouth1 View Post
      JohnBarleyCorn... I need those parts for the dash on the '85 Quantum wagon. Thanks, David.
      Talked to my buddy.. He has three of these.. I know he won't sell them for less than $100 complete. He really doesn't want to start parting these.

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      10-03-2012 11:04 PM #17
      Wow...$100 a piece? I sold a near new set on EBay last year for $60. Guess I should have held out for more.
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      10-03-2012 11:06 PM #18
      Edsel, I got you covered. Let me just find the trim piece for the switches (around here somewhere) I'll PM you this weekend.
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      10-03-2012 11:36 PM #19
      JohnBarleyCorn.... Thank you. David.

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      10-11-2012 09:08 PM #20
      JohnBarleyCorn.... Got the piece fabricated and installed. Thanks, David.

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      10-15-2012 11:33 PM #21
      OK, if you end up needing these, let me know. How are you fixed on the switch trim panel? I have a couple of the old style.
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      10-16-2012 01:34 AM #22
      JohnBarleyCorn.... I'm OK on the switch trim panel. I have two, as well as two heater control panels. Still looking for a good fuel sending unit for the s/w, and the door in the cargo area, right side (covers my rear washer jug). Thanks, David.

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      12-01-2012 07:33 PM #23
      JohnBarleyCorn... I need the dash pieces for the 1985 Quantum, that we had discussed in earlier posts. The thing I fabricated lasted for a while, and has broken in places that the original did not. Good while it lasted. PM or post on the thread and I'll get back to you. Thanks, David.

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