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custom hot rod dash from ordinary parts

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Noland, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
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    Noland
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    I just bought a new tig welder and I figured I should do a project to get the feel for my new machine. I wanted to make a dash for my next model A hot rod. I wanted something neat but different so I had a 32 chevy standard dash to start with that I picked up at the swapmeet but I didnt like the center it was ugly. So I got a cluster out of a old ford truck that I thought had some charactor. putting them together was the tricky part. It took a bit of cutting.
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    the original ford part. It was to way too big .
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    so I cut out the hole for the vacum guage but it was still just to big.
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    so off with the other side and shorted it up to.
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    I thought it still looked funny so I decided to chop the top of it alittle .
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    I think that looks alittle more car like and not so truck. I felt the guages still needed to get a little hot rod charactor so I scored these crappy guages but I thought the faces were nice.
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    So I decided to just put the faces on my factory ford guages.
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    Alright back the the dash.
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    I still thought it was missing something. I wanted a glovebox. so I was able to get a volkswagon beetle glovebox and all the hinges and stuff. so after alittle cutting the glovebox was ready to go into the dash.
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    and with just alittle more cutting and welding and fitting the glovebox was part of the dash.
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    I still have lots of finish grind to do I did get the glovebox latch and button mounted but my crappy camera battery died.
     
  2. Bilt
    Joined: Jun 23, 2011
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    Bilt
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    That turned out really good. I like how you got the new dash and glove box to line up so well with the body line above them in the original dash. Looks good!!!
     
  3. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
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    Very nice work ! I like low buck stuff like this great work!
     
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  5. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
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    Noland
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    Thanks, yea it only cost me 20 bucks for the dash and the rest of the stuff was free. times adding up really fast though. Im not sure if I should put a radio on the left or not, still unsure
     
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  7. MoparFinman
    Joined: Feb 6, 2011
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    from Okla

    Nice job-all kinds of Possibilities !!
     
  8. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
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    GREAT job. Good eye for seeing the possibilities in the creative use of low buck parts This is why I love the HAMB
     
  9. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
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    Noland
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    Ive been busy working on all kinds of stuff. Though I did find a little time to get back on this dash project. I got the switchs and instruments all resolved. I got the headlight and wiper switchs from a 54 chrysler and the ignition switch is from a box truck but it uses a gm key though Ive never seen one in a gm pick up or car. I also got a speedo out of a early ford bronco. it was pretty much a bolt in piece. I liked it better than the other boring black and white speedo. Check it out.
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    I still have some more welding to do and fill a few holes in the dash.
     
  10. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
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    Cool, cant wait to see it all painted up!
     
  11. Black Primer
    Joined: Oct 1, 2007
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    Back to basics, home built hot rod parts. Wish there were more threads like this. Thanks.
     
  12. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
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    from Greeley Co


    ^^^^^^^^x2:)
     
  13. sskustoms
    Joined: Jun 18, 2007
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    Nice work , can't wait to see it done
     
  14. Good thinking, I like it !
     
  15. dirt slinger
    Joined: Jan 30, 2010
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    dirt slinger
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    Thats using your head.
     
  16. Hot Rod Chris
    Joined: Mar 31, 2011
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    Hot Rod Chris
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  17. where the finish product . .
     
  18. I like it. Nice workmanship.
     
  19. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
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    Noland
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    Thanks guys for the support. Im just trying to make something cool with the parts I can get.
     
  20. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
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    from Texas

    Great job. This is also how someone can develop and hone their skills with torch and welder and fabrication.
     
  21. That turned out pretty darn nice!
     
  22. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
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    Noland
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    little update to this thread. I got the glove box made up. its fairly simple I made it from some 20 ga tin. I decided to put my fuse panel in the back of it so I dont have to lay on my back to change a fuse. The fuse panel is from a monza( I modified it alittle)

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    I also put a light in it so I can see what I have in there. I made a little box mounted on the side that a dash light mounts in then the light shines threw 4 1/2" holes in the side of the glove box.

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