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Old 01-14-2009, 10:27 AM   #1
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Any Dash Ideas

So with everyone kringing at the sound of the word "economy" these days, I assume theres alot of broke die hards out there. Trying to keep the ball rolling on the Ye Olde GMC, with no money to spend, I took out the dash, completely separated from the cab. Didnt cost anything to do that. It isnt the right one for it anyhow, so wasnt like sacralige to me. Its a 64-66 chevy dash, and i dont like it. Any of you guys got some "thinking outside the box" dash pics, or even really cool factory dashes? Im still able to be persuaded at this point. Found some really cool Bomber Aircraft style guages in one of the mose recent Hot Rod Deluxe mags. Check them out here. http://www.classicinstruments.com/se...?SeriesCode=MA Move mouse pointer over guage description on the left of the page. Kind of confusing, was for me anyways, but thats another topic for another day...
This is what Id like to put in. Let me know what yall think.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:59 AM   #2
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Re: Any Dash Ideas

Try this link for a few:

http://www.persh.org/pickup/interiors.htm
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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I went to Home Depot and got a kick panel for a door. The one I got has a nickle finish. It was only a few dollars.

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Those bomber guages look sweet!
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:48 AM   #4
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...that's pretty damn cool, Joey!

Wolfinthesnow, it sounds like you removed the entire dash from the cab? I have an entire 60-63 Chevy dash if you're looking to modify something, or looking for the older style dashes. I had cut out and drilled all of the spot welds to remove it from a cab at a wrecking yard many years ago. It's just sitting in my shop untouched. Just another idea.
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:30 PM   #5
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Nice job Joey AP.......I like taking items from elswhere and putting them to use on the project at hand.

You figure something out wolfinthesnow.
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:35 PM   #6
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In keeping with my low budget build El Cheepo, I used masonite , thats the hard pressedwood used for pegboards, minus the holes. I was going to use it as a template and insted covered it with some "chrome" sign decal.
real easy real cheep .This is how it came out
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Hey Joey what did you use to cut the holes out on yours ?
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:37 PM   #7
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Hole saws.

I had to use a dremel to make em fit perfect.

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Old 01-14-2009, 12:40 PM   #8
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Very cool idea with the kick panel Joey. and you cant even tell what it was originally for. Very professional looking indeed.
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Thanks, fellas!
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:42 PM   #10
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Thanks Joey , as I mentioned mine was suposed to be a temp. thing but so far (1 year) no probs with it
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:45 PM   #11
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Now thats outside the box! It looks great as well, good job!. Thanks for the help so far guys!
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Thanks Joey , as I mentioned mine was suposed to be a temp. thing but so far (1 year) no probs with it
I wouldnt change a thing and call it permanent!
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I wouldnt change a thing and call it permanent!
Thanks for now it stays!
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:55 PM   #14
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Joey, how did you attatch your dash plate to the trim? Any pics of the back of it?
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After I removed the dash, I unbolted the ring from the cluster panel.

I used the cluster panel for a template.

There are like 6 screws and a couple dow pin type hootuses on it.
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looks nice guys!!
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Hole saws.

I had to use a dremel to make em fit perfect.
I made a dash out of an old glove box door. I dont have pics in the computer right now. I used hole saws also. And as Joey AP stated, you need to route 'em out to fit nice and tite. At the time I mentioned that Autometer could make a killing if they came out with a set of holesaws to fit their guages!! I dont know where they come up with the diameters for those things.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:12 PM   #18
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C'mon PT, you gotta post a pic of that dash. I remember when you posted some pics of how you were gonna set it up but I just now realized that you never showed us the finished product.

The other dashes you guys have posted look nice. Clean install jobs.
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there was a guy on here(i think) that did a custom dash using pvc
it was cool.....wish i would have saved a pic
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Cuz I never finished it TimE......

Its in my attachments, how do I put it here????
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:42 PM   #21
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Yeah, that's the pic I remember seeing. That looks real good. Why didn't you ever finish it?
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You asked for outside the box. I don't know if you have seen this before since your fairly new here. BTW welcome aboard.

Here is a 60 Impala Dash that is almost completed in my 65






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Yeah, that's the pic I remember seeing. That looks real good. Why didn't you ever finish it?
I didnt finish because I was sidetracked working on the 'burb and still havent started the big rebuild on the pick-up. The trucks both run, so I want to enjoy them.
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Very Cool Alan!. Id like to see the finished product once its finished. Very good job. Dare I say it looks like it belongs there!
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The trucks both run, so I want to enjoy them.
Now that's what I'm talking about. Can't wait to get mine to that point. Thanks...
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