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Hot Rods 55 Chevy dash in 47-53 Chevy truck

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Flamed48, May 29, 2015.

  1. Flamed48
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    Does anyone have pics of a 55 Chevy 210 dash in a 47-53 Chevy pickup?
     
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  2. Tony
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    I put a 55 dash in my 52 chevy truck. I dont have pics on this but will try and get a few for you later.
    Tony
     
  3. Tony
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    Took a couple pics a few minutes ago.
    Some serious slicing and dicing to make it fit but well worth it as far as im concerned.

    image.jpg image.jpg
     
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  4. shadams
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    Damn that looks nice......
     

  5. henryj1951
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    from USA

  6. Inked Monkey
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    Man that looks good!
     
  7. That is gorgeous well done sir!!!
     
  8. Tony
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    Thanks guys.
    55/56 dash's are one my favorites and my stock dash was a mess and ugly, so i figured why not try and make one fit.
    Turned out to be one of my favorite things on the truck.

    Much appreciated
    Tony
     
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  9. BuckeyeBuicks
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    Looks like a ton of work but I really like the results! Great job Tony!!
     
  10. Tony
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    Thanks Buckeye.
    It kinda was. I cut the dash into i think 5 pieces, and narrowed it about 5" to get it to fit right.
    I probably had around 40 hrs of metal work into it when it was finally done.
    Then i had to make it flat enough for shiny black lol

    Thanks again guys.
    Tony
     
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  11. Model T1
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    That 55 Chevy car dash looks great. I was gonna do that. Then I changed my mind to use a 57 car dash.
    Then I changed what was left of my mind and left my 48 Chevy panel dash original.
    I sure like yours. Panel Progress (11).jpg
     
  12. Tony
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    Model T1, thanks!
    Your's looks great too though.
    I actually like the original ones when they are restored and clean looking.
    My whole truck was a hacked pile of shit, and they didnt spare the dash in the mix.
    So it had to come out regardless of what went back in its place. So i figured if i had to do the surgery, i may as well give it a face lift and some botox. Hahaha

    Tony
     
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  13. aplayer
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    That is so sweet. And the details/mesh carried into the doors... Dang!
     
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  14. Model T1
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    That's another reason I didn't use a 57 Chevy dash. Lots of work that I would probably mess up.
    I kind of like the looks of most old cars. That's why I enjoy owning and seeing them. Had I owned a 47-54 panel or truck years ago I would have changed it to be different. But now diffferent is stock. Altho my gauges are off the shelf Dolpin. I first used some Ford guages I had. Looked nice but I couldn't get the lighting right. This was pre- LED which is not traditional.
     
  15. Tony
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    Yeah the wrap arounds on the ends were a bit tricky. What made mine worse is my doors are suicide so the jamb area needed to be "finished " as well.
    Anyway, Not only do they have to line up as close as possible, but there should also be a place for door panels to tuck under in order for them to look good.
    I have a 1/4" slot all along the lower edge of the door sections so an apholstered door panel will tuck under it and look like it belongs there.
    It certainly does not have to be that way, a panel could easily be sewn at that edge to butt against the dash, but i just feel it add's a little more quality being able to tuck it under.
    I know, i over think stuff. Hahaha
    Thanks again fella's.

    Flamed48, i say go for it if your up to the tin work.

    Tony
     
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  16. Drive'em
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    Tony...That is soooo cool. Great job!
     
  17. Ford52PU
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    from PA

    Tony, very nice job on the dash! Love it.
     
  18. henryj1951
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    i put one (55 dash ) under glass -n- wood making it a living room coffee table..
     
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