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Customs Help with a mild custom Dash UPDATED PAINT PICS

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by FIFTY2, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. FIFTY2
    Joined: Apr 9, 2008
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    Just looking for some inspiration.. Ive got my seats out to be recovered so I thought it would be a good time to finish the dash. Im getting ready to paint it, and am looking for pics/ideas for mine.
    This is what it looks like now:

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    Im thinking about filling the center (taking out the copper piece), and filling the other holes,
    or leaving it and making it fold down for acces to switches, heat/ac controls, etc.

    Anybody got any pics of thier dash in a similar car?

    Heres the car as it sits now..
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    Last edited: Sep 11, 2010
  2. FIFTY2
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    Bump for the morining crew,

    I spent some time last night on Rik's site, but it seems like most of the pics I can find of old customs dont have much dash work other than a cover.
     
  3. 'Mo
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    What you've got is hard to beat.

    The fold down panel is a great idea, especially if chromed.
    It may be overdoing it, but many old customs also had chromed glove box doors (for the "view" ;) ). Yours might look good painted, with a nice dragon.

    I think the best change would be to swap out the steering wheel for a 1959 Impala unit. (Check the 'Bay).
     
  4. Here is mine!
     

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  5. mj40's
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    I like the flip up idea. I did it on my 40 car dash in my 40 pickup.
     

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  6. 1950ChevySuburban
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    I like that teardrop finned center piece. Maybe use that to influence any style changes you make
     
  7. chaos10meter
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    That center spot would be a good place to hide a modern radio , etc. etc.

    I would hinge the bottom , that way your not trying to hold it open, when you need it. Plus depending on how you hinge it it be a cool tray for your stuff at the local Sonic.

    I did a Merc. awhile back and just tig'd some hardware store hinges on the bottom and screwed them fast thru the dash bottom. I bolted the hinges to check fit , etc. before I welded them.
     

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  8. Heres mine before and after, were still gonna comeback with candy green over everything silver. I kept the grill becuase Im just going to run an mp3 hookup with some well hidden speakers.
     

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  9. FIFTY2
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    Thanks for the replies guys!

    I think Im gonna have the center flip down, and get it rechromed. Theres a ton of room behind it for all my "modern" junk I dont want to show. I definately keeping the center piece, I havent seen any like it, since mine was a business coupe it didnt have the clock. Ill get it chromed too. Ill try to post pics as I make the mods...
     
  10. FIFTY2
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    Heres what I did with the dash:

    I filled all the switch holes, moved the light swicht to the left side of the steering column:

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  11. Very cool. Looking good.
     
  12. belair
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    I would leave the finned clock delete, cuz fins are cool. And that is a 61 chevy steering wheel, not a 58-60. Almost as cool, though.
     
  13. FIFTY2
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    Just go through painting about an hour ago...

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  14. beautiful paint color.

    some lighter tone of that color stripes would look bitching.
     
  15. motoandy
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    great job. What is the color??? Custom mix or out of the book?
     
  16. nice work!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  17. FIFTY2
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    Stock ford color : vintage copper pearl
     
  18. BadLuck
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    i just did the dash in my 52... I LOVE that copper color, great job... cant wait to see it finished!
     
  19. philly the greek
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    since it's a mild custom, how about masking the insert area and fading a little candy brown softly along the top edge. then possibly a little bit of cream and /or ggold pinstriping. My 2 cents . Or,, leave it alone , it still looks good .
     
  20. FIFTY2
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    Im gonna have to do something about the steering wheel now!
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  21. 1950ChevySuburban
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    Now the dash delete finned panel sticks out kinda funny. It needs to match the panel below it. Love the color, Nice work!
     
  22. FIFTY2
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    the panel below will be chromed when my money tree blooms!

    Thanks
     

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