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Hot Rods Making a custom switch panel

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  1. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
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    Does anyone have a custom toggle switch panel in their car. I have some more accessories added to my car and I want to make a plate to either hang under my dash or go in the spot where my radio would be to hold the switches. Just looking for some creative ideas. It’s a 1953 ford customline.

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  2. upspirate
    Joined: Apr 15, 2012
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    This is an add on switch panel I made for my 32 truck. I curved it to fit the curve of the dash, have two tabs at each end that when bent, fasten to the bottom lip of the dash. Polished, then masked off and painted with crinkle paint to match the dash insert IMG_0647.JPG IMG_0525.JPG
  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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    As far back and tucked up under the dash as you can get it, would probably look best. Those cars have a nice looking dashboard, with no place that toggle switches would look like they "fit".
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  4. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
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    That’s what I was thinking

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  5. You could always rework the ashtray and add the switches to the front but they would be visible, depending on how many switches you need you could add them to the lower lip of the dash and only you would know where the are. HRP
  6. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
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    The ashtray idea crossed my mind at one point. But I’m thinking about drilling holes in the lower lip of the dash like you said and putting them there

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  7. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,445

    from kansas

    Just angle the panel where it sits almost flat to the bottom inside of the dash where maybe all you'll see is the toggles pointing down.

    On my 65 lemans I started to put mopar rocker switches for the headlights etc to the bottom of the dash so you wouldn't see them.

    Still thinking of incorporating them into the bottom of a custom dash in my 31.
  8. This is a gauge panel I built under the dash of my 53 Chevy.
    I think the same basic panel on a smaller scale would work well for your needs.

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  11. Canuck
    Joined: Jan 4, 2002
    Posts: 1,058


    This is the panel I put in my Model A, Tach and starter switch. Bead rolled a edge around panel and bent a mounting flange across the top. Added a flange around the edge to hide the view of the gauge from the side. Blasted the flat area to give it some texture then painted to match the rest of the dash.
  12. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,696


    I like the original ford switch accessories panels and fit nicely look great . This is for a heater and defrost and mounts under the dash on this 1936 dash image.jpg
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  13. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
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    Bandit Billy

    ^^^^ "Stop! Hammer Time"
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  14. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
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    HA HA HA
  15. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
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    20200222_132755.jpg shameless self promotion haha but I have this chrome one for sale in the classifieds
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  16. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
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    You can go old school with this vintage switch panel for under the dash from tropic-aire image.jpg
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  17. We made them for the stock cars all the time, just ran oil and water. One I went store bought since the whole thing was dirt cheap with the gauges. There are some on eBay I was looking at, similar to the one in my Ford from Summit for around $40.
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    from okc

    That vintage colony setup looks nice.....
  19. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
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    Corn Fed

    Not that I'm recommending you do this, but here's the extra gauge/toggle contraption that was in my 32. It looks to have been made from a cut down aluminum rectangular pan. The car was built in the late 60's early 70's so it's pure vintage o_O DSC_0523.JPG
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  20. RockyMtnWay
    Joined: Jan 6, 2015
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    Had a hidden panel under the dash but as I got older it became more of a pain to fumble around for it (insert teenager in the dark joke here). Made one from metal and painted it black, but I kept scratching it up so cut one out of aluminum and shined it up a bit to match the other shiny bits in the cabin. Little street roddery but it works for me. Next step as I age will be to label the switches o_O

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  21. [​IMG]
    just a piece of sheet metal, rolled a bead in the shape of the panel, hammer formed the edges, plus some cutting and welding to remove some of the extra metal. I made three small panels for this car to fit below the dash panel.
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  22. Some from my "Good Idea" folder.
    Most of these may be more racecar-ish than you want for your '53 Ford Customline.
    1968-ford-torino-nascar 03.jpg console 01.jpg console 02.jpg console 66 elcam int.jpg console 04.jpg Drew-Phillips-1968-Lola-T160-17-2000x1333.jpg DSC_0014_3313.jpg jalopyrama 1.JPG Profleetline 05.png vw glove compt in an A.jpg
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  23. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
    Posts: 733


    Hehe. That is a good idea. I made the panel. And painted it black. Just now to finally decide where it goes. I’m thinking under the ashtray

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  24. I robbed this off an old fan to use as a panel of some sorts, so maybe a trip to the thrift store might get you something. 20200303_152629.jpg 20200303_152727.jpg 20200303_152700.jpg
  25. I used a couple pieces of polished stainless cut from the Mysterion frame members to make the switch panels on my Mysterion clone. tried to match what Ed did on the original. Incidentally that aluminum Eelco dash is the exact model Ed used. Stumbled on this one on ebaY. Never have seen another before or after. Really lucky find.
    interior drivers car show 3.jpg interior z dash1.JPG 10-26-2015 10-34-19 AM.jpg

    Had to improvise on building 39 Willys pickup. Wanted to keep as much stock dash as possible but needed room for AC. Modified stock center dash panel by welding on pop-out gauge cones and adding switches. Came out nice.
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