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Features The Hot Rod Dash... Again...

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,643

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    The Hot Rod Dash... Again...


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  2. Boggles the mind with all the combinations and they all look good! HRP
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  3. Hahahaha, totally resonate with the TSA stuff; let's just say that we've exchanged unpleasantries a time or two.

    Excellent dash pics! I agonized over mine for months as it sorta makes or breaks the driving experience, IMO.
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  4. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,189


    Thank you for the ideas and inspiration.Dashboards make a car,as well as gauges.From the machine turned dash on my old Cord to the space age dash on my 61 T-Bird,they are works of art .I've had my eye on a couple of older Austin Sebring kit cars,but most all of them cheap out by using a plywood dash with cheapy gauges.I guess it's a fabrication opportunity for me,I guess,but a sale buzzkill for the current owner.As I said on the previous dashboard article,you're going to be looking at it 100% of the time you're driving it,you might as well like it.
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  5. I see validation in these pics for the '35 dash to find its way into the '31 Tudor! Thanks! (I think....)
  6. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,277

    low budget
    from Central Ky

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  7. Great, thanks.
  8. Blade58
    Joined: Mar 5, 2012
    Posts: 298

    from apopka ,Fl

    IMG_0671.JPG IMG_0696.JPG IMG_0731.JPG IMG_0731.JPG Nice pictures ! I did not like my dash for one it what not OEM and second I did not like the OEM any ways so I built my own from scratch
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2015
  9. I was watching throttle pedal location/mounting, as that's what's next for mine.
  10. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954


    nice stash of pics.
  11. Thanks for the great dash photos....Lot's to check out here. Some nice steering wheels for sure.
    Could not get over how many had a 40 wheel.
  12. louisb
    Joined: Oct 13, 2008
    Posts: 927


    Great looking dashes. It is amazing how many bad dashes you see out there in hotrods.

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  13. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,643

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    It amazes me how many people refuse to go without food or dress for months at a time so that they can afford real gauges in their car rather than the latest "reproduction" or "vintage look" gauges... One of the first things I look at it when I see a car that catches my eye is the gauges... Gauges tell you just how dedicated a guy was to getting it right... and how much thought they put into it all.
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    The going without food and clothing wasn't the difficult part...the butt-kicking the wife administered was, haha!
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  15. birdman1
    Joined: Dec 6, 2012
    Posts: 636

    from USA

    you forgot the Mexican road race dashes of the early 50's Lincolns! talk about guages. and I have to mention the stock dash in my 1939 Ford deluxe coupe. even stock, it is a hotrod dash. Thanks Ryan.
  16. louisb
    Joined: Oct 13, 2008
    Posts: 927


    I have been going round and round with this exact thing for my '36 dash going in my A coupe. Hunt up a set of original gauges? Find some period aftermarkets like SWs? Or buy some new gauges, probably form Classics Instruments. It is the little details like that which make or break a car. The shot of the '36 dash in this article made my heart beat faster.

  17. hiboy32
    Joined: Nov 7, 2001
    Posts: 2,770

    from Omaha, NE

    and that is the reason I haven't ever been able to fill my dash full of gauges...... just not worth using if they just aren't right! Now , looking at some of those dash pictures, to me it looks like some hotrodders have more than their fare share of bitchin gauges. Some day.
  18. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,723

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    I have fallen in love with the 41 Ford dash, to me. the zenith point where old Henry was trying to hold on to the fading deco era… Before he jumped in with Both feet to defeat them Huns.
    Got no pics of the one in my latest project.. but I stole this from Andy's roadster build…..
    Everything is horizontal…. no circles.and is a better designed piece than a 40 or 39(JMHO)

  19. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 13,991


    Amen brother!
  20. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 13,991


    Drill the holes now and fill them full of new SW's from the Speedway catalog. Then as you find the vintage SW to replace it, do them one at a time. Nobody will fault you for that.
  21. mustangsix
    Joined: Mar 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,296


    Yay! The Austin Healey 100-4 has a traditional hot rod dash! (third row, right)
  22. The 35 36 dash is just the best looking dash for an A, for me nothing else compares..

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  23. I've always dug the highly modified '40 Merc dash (with quirky '56 Stude speedo) in Brian @Bass' HEMI-powered '29 Model A Coupe:

    Brian Bass \'29 Coupe - Dash.jpg Brian Bass \'29 Coupe - Interior.jpg

    NOTE: The construction of Brian's custom dash is documented HERE.
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  24. Pewsplace
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 2,725


    Thanks for the file dump on dashes. Lots of ideas for most of us are shown somewhere in those photos. The price of the "real deal" SW gauges just went up another 20%. How high can they go?
  25. Here's the dash in our old Deuce Roadster project ...

    ... as Mike Russell built it:

    Our old Deuce Roadster - Mike Russell - Dash.jpg
    '32 Ford roadster dash with engine-turned insert & simple SW gauge layout​

    ... as Glenn Mounger "re-did" it::

    Our old Deuce Roadster - Glenn Mounger - Dash Under Construction.jpg
    Our old Deuce Roadster - Glenn Mounger - Dash (1).jpg
    Our old Deuce Roadster - Glenn Mounger - Dash (2).jpg
    Our old Deuce Roadster - Glenn Mounger - Dash (3).jpg
    '32 Ford roadster dash with integrated Auburn instrument panel & rare gauges​
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2014
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  26. Here's the dash in our Coupe (circa 1973):


    Fast forward to today ... and the same dash & gauges are still there:

    HEMI32 Dash.JPG

    Stewart Warner "WATER TEMP" ( 100 - 250 ) gauge
    Stewart Warner "OIL TEMP" ( 100 - 270 ) gauge
    Stewart Warner "OIL PRESSURE" ( 0 - 100 ) gauge
    SUN electric tachometer "R.P.M. THOUSANDS" ( 0 - 8.5 )
    Stewart Warner speedometer "MILES PER HOUR" ( 0 - 160 )
    Stewart Warner "VACUUM INCHES" ( 0 - 30 ) gauge
    Stewart Warner "AMPERES" ( -60 | +60 ) gauge
    Stewart Warner "FUEL" ( E | 1/2 | F ) gauge​

    NOTE: I plan on swapping the wood-veneer insert for an engine-turned insert.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2014
  27. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 13,991


    I sure would love to see more pics of the '32 roadster with the real Auburn dash in photo number 5.
  28. rbantique
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 6,354

    from maine

    56 DeSoto gauges 57 Lincolm Premier Wheel ..keeping it simple


    dash 1.jpg $T2eC16V,!)8E9s4l7,+gBRCwU830-Q~~60_57.JPG
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2014
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  29. There's a few more pics of that dash in @Ryan's TJJ Blog from September 22, 2014 ... see "Breaking Bad" .
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2014
  30. The dash in my Roadster!!
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