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Offline nikesb1111

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custom dash
« on: January 06, 2009, 07:27:20 PM »
anyone have a custom dash? Im in the process of making one for my 86 right now, id like to see what you guys have done.

Offline nikesb1111

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Re: custom dash
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009, 08:13:27 PM »
Heres a picture of the dash im working on

Offline BigHemi353

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Re: custom dash
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009, 09:36:41 PM »
very nice. i like it! might try something like that with one of my old cracked dash pads  ;D
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Offline 69byrd

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Re: custom dash
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2009, 12:10:56 AM »
Heres a couple of pix I have on my computer.



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Offline roadrage41

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Re: custom dash
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2009, 06:39:32 AM »
how much flex you figure the dash gets? i took my pad off a while back as i needed to shore up the ducting for my defroster, and i kind of like the way it looks without it, im thinking of getting some sheetmetal and making a "smooth" dash. be a pain to get the curve right im thinking. but itd have an older feel, and im not real concerned about the cosmetics anyway...

i bought some 26 gauge galvanized steel to cover the holes in the firewall from where my factory heater was, would that work? does galvanized take paint well?
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Re: custom dash
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2009, 08:48:40 PM »
check out the headliner on the truck with the dash from the Galaxie

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Re: custom dash
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2009, 06:46:16 AM »
Never noticed that. Thats pretty cool  ;D
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Offline treepete

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Re: custom dash
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2009, 09:15:56 AM »
The third one has the creepy skull in the center console. I saw the eye, and then I was like GAH@#@! skulls are cool.

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Re: custom dash
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2009, 07:31:21 PM »
Heres a couple more dash pix I had. I think they are 60s Chevy truck dashes.



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Re: custom dash
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2009, 11:05:49 PM »
heres mine.
still tryin to finish.
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Offline s75chevys

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Re: custom dash
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2009, 01:01:16 PM »
so how do u do this ? do you just sand your dash and bondo or fiberglass over it and use it or do you completely make a new one ... because ive hurd people use there existing just by sanding it and painting it and i also hurd a way to make a hole new one .... im not trying to make a hole new one mines still in perfect shape ... ???
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Re: custom dash
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2009, 03:28:18 PM »
Fill the voids with filler and fiberglass over it.

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Re: custom dash
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2009, 04:20:02 PM »
What effect do you want? Just to smooth over the metal framework in behind or create a whole new dash?

What is often done is you take the factory metal frame work that is welded to the truck and build off of it. You can use wood like MDF to create edges and then stretch fabric over it all to create shape. Or, you use foam blocks for the shape portion and you can shape it by cutting and sanding. Foam is quick and fairly easy to create shapes with that you can't by stretching fabric. Then cover it with something like foil or masking tape (to prevent the fiberglass resin from eating the foam) and then fiberglass over it all to solidify the shape. After that be prepared for a LOT of sanding and prep work to smooth it out if you want a painted finish. Or, sand it to about a 100 grit level if you want to cover it with material.
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Offline tvblazer78

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Re: custom dash
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2009, 08:13:07 PM »
Here is what I did..

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Re: custom dash
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2009, 11:55:52 PM »
Kinda hard to see what you did and how it turned out there. Do you have anymore bigger pix?
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