Just so I understand about the pad as it goes around the gauge cluster, you mean the ends of the small hood around the gauge cluster has less of a radius on the upper corners of the hooded area? Otherwise, I am not seeing your point yet.
I understand about the trim wrapping around on the later pad.
Very interesting to know this, as I was not aware of a different early release pad, so I will have to go look and see which one I have on my 70 Monaco. I do believe my car is an early one since it has different door interior trim panels than a later car one of my friends had, which had a kind of padded insert at the center of the trim panel, whereas my early Monaco does not have that same padded door panel.
Thanks for the info!