I will give some extra attention to the glove box in this post. The main reason is actually not the glove box cover itself, but the shift pattern instructions plate on it. With nice instruction in Japanese Kanji, I like that a lot!!!
The story about the glove box lid is not that thrilling, just spray painted it together with the Instrument cluster frame, with the right color silver. Turned out very nice!!
Before restoring, both cover and aluminum instruction plate were pitted. 30 years of sunlight and usage showed their signs, so I decided that reinstalling this plate wont do any justice to the restoration. Finding a new replacement is not possible, most of these decals/plates are reproduced by enthusiasts or specialized shops. But for such a rare Land cruiser like the BJ44, they are none available. So the only thing I could do was reproducing them myself.
Being a (graphic/industrial) designer myself, with all the needed software & hardware and connections with companies who can fabricate, this can’t be such a difficult task.
I started with scanning the decal at a very high resolution (1200 dpi at 100%), then I did a touch up in the digital file, all the small scratches and imperfections were removed by hand, and the Kanji characters were made fresh and readable again..
Then I traced the Adobe Photoshop file In Adobe Illustrator, this way it becomes a very detailed vector file, a file format needed when they are going to reproduce the plate. It almost works like a high resolution laser print on aluminum, laser etching they call it. Ive send it away last week, hopefully it wont to long.
Will update this topic with a second post when the plate arrives and I find some time to install it.