Real Aluminum Dash Kit - FAQ
By Tony @ EverythingCelica.com
For those who have been around, you would agree that the above pic generated a lot of commotion. In fact, it is still being discussed right now in several message boards. I have received hundreds of e-mails on this mod. So, instead of keep replying to the same subject, I decided to answer them here. Thank you SIR Isaac for setting up this forum.
About a year and a half ago, aftermarket support for the Celica was weak. And Carbon Fiber dash kit was the "shit". I searched eBay and found an incomplete kit for $30. It was missing a few pieces but it was a REAL Carbon Fiber kit.
Two months later, I decided to buy a complete kit. When I received the new kit, I found out that it was "Carbon Fiber look". I was like WTF? I asked for my money back but the seller refused. So, I was stuck with it. Instead of screwing another Celica owner, I just tossed it in my closet.
Carbon Fiber dash kit became so popular that it seemed everyone and their moms had one. I wanted something different. I wanted REAL Aluminum. I search the internet and found nothing. Finally, a friend of mine referred me to a metal shop that can cut aluminum in any shape as long as you provide the pattern. And it dawned on me that I had a full set of "Carbon Fiber Look" dash kit sitting in my closet collecting dust. So, I took it in and paid $250. A week later, I received my Real Aluminum Dash kit.
I was very stoked until I tried to install it. Real aluminum doesn't bend or stick like Carbon Fiber kit. After trying different adhesives, my Dad and I decided to use screws. We added a couple of them to test the look at first. The screws added a "racier" look. We, then added more screws to hold the kit down. I ordered a small TRD
aluminum decal from eBay and my dash kit was completed.
So, I hope this answers your questions. That's a real aluminum dash kit, and those are real screws.
Current photo as of January 2004...