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Technical '48 Ford dash in a Model A?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by HammerDown, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. HammerDown
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    Anybody running a '46-'48 Ford dash in their Model A or have pics of such? Thinking of trying this out on a '31 Sedan project. Just looking for some visuals. Thanks!
     
  2. bgbdlinc
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    ....I've got a slightly narrowed one in my '29 Roadster....

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    I opted for the 'Deluxe' type with the chrome bits and used an aftermarket bezel with round holes for the new gauges. The former radio speaker area in the middle of the dash was narrowed as well and the seam was covered by the vertical trim piece which has been inverted....
     
  3. scrap metal 48
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    I like the steering wheel...
     
  4. HammerDown
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    Wow nice job! Exactly what I was looking for. Where did you source the gauge panels?
     

  5. bgbdlinc
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    Hammer....I bought the whole dash, bezels, and gauges as a package on that famous auction site and have no clue who makes them, sorry.
    I've got build/install pics if you want to see what you're up against....I can PM if you want or post a few here....
     
  6. gearheadbill
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    Hot damn! That's nice. Any pics of the cut-fit-weld process?
     
  7. bgbdlinc
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    ....I'll post some pics tomorrow.....
     
  8. gearheadbill
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    I'll be excited to see what you did.

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  9. 33Tudor
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    Not a model A, but a 33. ;)
     

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  10. bgbdlinc
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    ...here you go. I bought the dash/insturments/bling and the metalwork was done by Oddball Kustoms near Toronto. The dash construction was done in conjunction with replacing the windshield stanchions. The dash superstructure had to be narrowed in the middle and modified somewhat for the end caps near the doors.

    This is a mockup for the stanchions and shows the stripped out former dash...
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    ....the vent holes exposed...
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    ....the fitting begins. Notice the tacks in the middle where the opening was modified to support the narrowed bezel....
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    ....vents filled in. Notice that the cowl contour is a good match and needed little manipulation
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    ....centre area mods to narrow dash and support the centre bezel....
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    ....paint to be the same as body colour...
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    ....partial reassembly with bling...
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    Hope this helps....
     
  11. gatz
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    very nice work there, bgbd

    looks like it was made for that car
     
  12. corndog
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    Very COOL dash! I really like it!!!
     
  13. 40fordtudor
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    One sweet dash---
     
  14. HammerDown
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    Thanks bgbdlinc. Once again exactly what I was looking for, and with some progress pics to boot! Good on you sir. The dash in your car looks stellar!
     
  15. bgbdlinc
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    ...hey, thanks all for the comps and glad I could help...
     

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