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Art & Inspiration The Dashboard

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  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,371

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    The Dashboard


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  2. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,006


    Damn, you set the bar really high. This is going to take some thinking...
  3. There is something about the 1936 Cadillac dash that intrigues me. HRP

    1936 Caddalic dash.jpg
  4. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,006


    Well there are so many, but here's a couple of not so common ones I like.

    1937 Diamond T truck
    and a 1936 Cord
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  5. hansboomer
    Joined: Nov 15, 2008
    Posts: 77

    from new york

    Is there category for the best dashboard in the worst car?
  6. 1955-ford-thunderbird 03.jpeg

    This one does it for me. 1955 Thunderbird. Factory mechanical tach. Gorgeous dash clock. It's so simple, but so elegant to me.
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    Pretty much any Chrysler product from the 50’s I think look like jewelry
  8. Tim_with_a_T
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
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    1937 Lincoln Zephyr does it for me!

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  9. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 20,114

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    40 Ford, thousands and thousands of hot rodders that have swapped these in can't be wrong!!

    dash1.JPG dash2.JPG
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  10. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
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    41 GMC K-18

    1938 DeSoto coupe.

    1938 DeSoto.jpg
  11. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,557


    Ramblers must be very slow. Their speedometer only go up to 12,

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  12. My top two favorite dash's bone stock are 59/60 Impala's and 55 Chevy Bel Air's with its little bowtie trim


  13. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,152

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    All though I had looked at a lot of dash's,it was not tell I started too look for my own idea of what I thought was cool as my first car. Turned out I had to build one,but in the looking early on,two stand out, were I loved n wanted the hole car. I had found a 1953 Studebaker hardtop V8(that didn't run) in 1955> but Dad would not sign for it. The same thing happened too the next (Didn't run car;1936 Cord) both with in my saved up $500).
    The dash in both,I loved.
    I built my own hot rod,so my fav. dash became that. Years later after getting a wife an house,I did finely get my Studebaker low cool hardtop; a used Supercharged 1957 Golden Hawk. < I still think it's dash super cool.
    Even better to me then my hotrod dash,yet the handmade wood trim an simple in my hot rod get's it done !

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  14. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,347

    Special Ed

    Monitoring all your gauges with everything directly in front of you, and without having to glance down or take your eyes off of the road, is beyond convenient. Muntz Road Jet.
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    I gotta go with the 58-62 Corvette. I have had a 58 and a 59 and I fell in love with the dash layout.
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  16. davidvillajr
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 937


    These two do it for me.

    Gotta love a BIG speedo, hahaha!

    '39 Zephyr

    '51 Ford
  17. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,454


    '63 Avanti did a nice job. Everything right there in front of you.
  18. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,197


    I should have been up earlier so I could beat @dana barlow This is the instrument panel in my 53 Stude Coupe, it's a later Hawk panel and I have two more of them just stashed away:)

    Stude interior jump in and drive.JPG
  19. Gahrajmahal
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 415


    this is the image I was exposed to from a baby. Is it no wonder I turned into a car guy? Check out the map of north and South America in the steering wheel. Staring out over the hood you were looking at the vapor trails of a beautiful chromed jet plane.


    1955 olds 88
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  20. Ooohhh, so many choices.... Being more of a Kustom guy, I like the more flamboyant dashes; slathered with chrome and heavily sculpted. In no particular order....


    '57 Imperial. Even Mr. Magoo could see these!

    1951-mercury dash.jpg

    '50-51 Merc. I'm surprised that this dash isn't used more often in other cars.

    56 DeSoto.jpg

    '56 DeSoto. Classic 'wing' design.

    63 Mercury dash.jpg

    '63-64 Mercury. Much flashier than it's plainer Ford brother, no idiot lights either.

    63 Buick Riv.jpg

    '63 Riv. One of the better jobs of integrating the console into the dash. A bit 'angular', not quite as swoopy as my other choices.

    58-63 T-Bird.jpg

    '58-60 T-bird. I also have to include the '61-63 'Birds; same basic styling, but an even better job of integrating the console and even more 'flash'.

    There's others, some already shown. Olds did some great dashes too.
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  21. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
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    Bandit Billy

    I'm a pushover for all things plastic and silicone
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  22. 61SuperMonza
    Joined: Nov 16, 2020
    Posts: 307


    I didn't realize I was driving the worst car ever. I guess I will just keep staring at my dash. 20190513_125302.jpg
  23. Duesenberg Model J. The dash that launched a thousand hot rod dashes. Made in Indianapolis, not Detroit, but American made.

  24. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,371

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Man... You guys really suck at this one picture, one pick rule... I like it though!
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  25. I fell in love with this dash layout in the late 60's. A 55 ford was my first car so ...
    Image taken from the internet. Ignore the dice, if you can.
    55 Ford dash.jpg
  26. There are no rules in Hot Rodding.... LOLOL
  27. I can’t hardly imagine why.

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  28. Curt Six
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 882

    Curt Six

    I’ve always loved the ‘49 Ford dash. Everything from the center clock pod to the contours of the steel (before they chromed the wingtips in ‘50) to the gauge pod itself just looks simple and perfect to me.

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  29. 34Phil
    Joined: Sep 12, 2016
    Posts: 247


    I like the ones with an eyebrow over the gauges

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  30. 1oldtimer
    Joined: Aug 21, 2003
    Posts: 7,743


    I like these, but it would be hard to put one in anything but a custom.....

    Also a big fan of the 1 gauge does all, like this Rambler.

    Last edited: Feb 12, 2021
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