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Featured History So where did all the fur come from on the dash?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Roothawg, May 17, 2018 at 1:31 PM.

  1. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 17,428


    So, I am a custom newbie and I have been researching a car that I really like.'s_1955_Ford

    I have never understood the origins of the angel hair or fuzzy dashes. Guys spend so much time smoothing everything to be crisp and clean and then glue a bunch of dept store fur on the dash.

    What's up with that? Not saying it's wrong, just not my bag. I like pleats and rolls.
  2. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 8,542

    from oregon

    Ha, and I wondered for years about chromed glove box doors:rolleyes:
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  3. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 8,944

    from Burton, MI

    Chrome glove box doors come from the chrome shop. Furry stuff comes from the fur shop.
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  4. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 939

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    I think the chrome glove box doors were so you could see the furry stuff (at least they were furry back in the day).
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  5. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 13,668

    from Michigan

    I prefer woodgrain and a teak steering wheel.....:cool:
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  7. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 16,489

    from California

    seems kinda goofy in hindsight. I'm sure all the build ideas of today will stand the test of time... right?
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  8. Engine man
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,247

    Engine man
    from Wisconsin

    It started the way all trends start. Somebody does something to be different and others copy it.
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  9. Yes sir thats why they were chromed.:D
  10. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 13,668

    from Michigan

    So, was it a South Central thing like Cheech's '63 low rider Impala???? Cue in some WAR!!!! :D:cool:
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  11. jetnow1
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,016

    from CT
    1. A-D Truckers

    I think they pulled all the hair from naugy's hides.
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  12. Sad to think of all the Naugas that were sacrificed just so some Kustom guys could have a cool interior.:rolleyes:
  13. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 161

    ramblin dan

    I always found if I could get a seat cover that looked like this behind my chrome chain steering wheel I would even put fur on my door panels! 414.jpg
  14. 36roadster
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,552


    My fur is actually my hair as it falls out, I just stick it on with double sided tape. What I cant figure out is these guys who fix up old cars, make the roof shorter, put in big motors, take the fenders off....
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  15. pgj
    Joined: Dec 24, 2010
    Posts: 114

    from aurora co.

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  16. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 2,179


    Whatever you do don't paint your metal dashes with gold flake . The sun reflects off it and you can't see shit. I had my Falcon like that and had to put a cover on it when I drove it.
    How many guys remember a process called flocking where the whole out side looked like fur ?
  17. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,444

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    I do!
    In the late 60's early 70's there was a guy who had a long low 4 door Lincoln with rear suicide doors and it had a fuzzy finish. As I understood it then, they shot with the glue whatever it was, and then electrically charged the gun and car to shoot the fuzz and get it to stand on end.
    The same guy also had an old Harley with a 327 sbc mounted in the modified frame with a regular pie cut cheater slick for a rear wheel that he drove up town.
  18. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 8,066

    Atwater Mike

    Barris flocked the Batmobile. My 4-and-5 year old sons gave him the 'business' about it at the Monterey Kar Kapades in '74(?) Rod Powell's show...

    I remember the little fur rings that surrounded the rear view mirror. Somebody said, "Hey...Why not the whole..."
    I dig hair, but fur's a different species. (LOVED the chrome glove box 'reflection'!!!)
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  19. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 13,668

    from Michigan

    I got some of that in a Ziploc baggie.... I use it for model cars...
  20. Tickety Boo
    Joined: Feb 2, 2015
    Posts: 716

    Tickety Boo
    from Wisconsin

    Mid 60s in Branch Wisconsin all the hot cars hung out around the Branch Cheese Factory because most of the workers were car guys including the owners 4 sons ( Dennis,Dave, Dan, Doug, Faken ). Man it was a great place to be teenager, so anyway I stopped to look at a black 4 door Lincoln convertible (like J.F.K.s car only red interior ) and it had a Mirror mounted under the Dash on the passenger side.:cool:

    Thanks for the memory hook J.A.
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  21. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 6,302


    I knew a guy that flocked the whole interior of a '64 Corvette, dash, roll bar, etc. It went out of style before he ever finished the car, not that it really ever was in style.
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  23. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
    Posts: 192

    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    47 years ago I had a chrome glove box cover, angel hair on the rear shelf, a tiny steering wheel, and tassles hanging from the mirror. I thought I was all that and a bag of chips and now you guys are laughing at me....
    Hell, I'm laughing at me to !!! :):):)
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  24. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 1,667


    Works for '57 Chevy PU has a chrome glove box of the first things I did back in the day, was make sure it had that mirror like reflection to it when I was heading out;)
  25. What door panels?

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  26. scrap_metal
    Joined: Sep 26, 2017
    Posts: 134

    from OC, CA

    The fury foofoo dash came about to cover up great custom dashes that were hacked to gather.:eek:
  27. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 13,668

    from Michigan

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  28. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 491


    Where did it come from. The fur store.
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  29. The first car that I saw that had been "flocked" was a dark Green '62 T-Bird that lived outside. I always wondered what happened when the owner needed to wash it!:eek:
  30. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,509

    Ned Ludd

    In my part of the world it was bits cut from bathroom mats glued to the top of Ford Cortina Mk3 dashes, using contact adhesive which would not prevent the edges of the mats from curling up. It was very much associated with a Certain Element: the so-called 1-2-3 Man (one-litre cheap brandy, two-litre Coca-Cola, three-litre Cortina), white, stocky, moustached, racist, and generally not very bright.

    The "lawn on the dash" was usually seen with transparent plastic wind-deflector bubbles on the front side windows and a black plastic venetian-blind affair over the rear window. These cars also had a characteristic speedboat stance, because spacing the wheels out so they protrude slightly past the wheel arches made lowering the front almost impossible, especially if you've never heard of bigs and littles – or think it means the biggest tyres you can find on the back and one size smaller on the front. In later years they discovered the monochromatic thing, and pinstripe tape over the headlights. But to be honest I haven't seen a "zeff" Cortina in ages.

    My cousin had the idea at the time to make little plastic lawnmowers, to be installed on the dash ...

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