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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:58 am 
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I am one of those guys that can't leave anything alone,I just have to put my spin on it and although the original dash is a thing of beauty I wanted analog gauges rather than lights & gauges but I also wanted to retrain the machine turned dash insert while omitting the clock and re-positioning the headlight & wiper switches.

I also wanted to add air conditioning but I wanted it to appear that it could have been installed when the car was on the assembly line.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:06 am 
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That looks really nice. Where did you source the aluminum plate?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:43 pm 
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Speedway Motors sells it,they offer it in 6" wide by 12'/24"/36" AND 48" lengths and it has a 1/2" machine turned finish.

https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Engine-T ... 1139520-24

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Great. I wanted to do something similar with my 54 gasser because it keeps the general look of the original dash but I can put all the necessary gauges in. I'll check with speedway.

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I got my idea from hotrodprimer (thanks). I wanted to retain the radio face and the clock, just for looks. I bought a sheet of aluminum and then engine-turned the panel. Came out great. After doing the panel, i clear coated it to keep it looking fresh. I used a Cratex stick to do the job,but there are other ways of doing engineturned panels..Just look at UTube..The picture with with the lines layed out is before turning the panel
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I got my idea from hotrodprimer (thanks). I wanted to retain the radio face and the clock, just for looks. I bought a sheet of aluminum and then engine-turned the panel. Came out great. After doing the panel, i clear coated it to keep it looking fresh. I used a Cratex stick to do the job,but there are other ways of doing engineturned panels..Just look at UTube..The picture with with the lines layed out is before turning the panel
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Looks great.

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Here are a couple of my stock dash... I always liked the original look so I just went with it. I do appreciate the modified dashes as well and maybe I was just tired of all of the rebuild to go any further. lol


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Here are a couple of my stock dash... I always liked the original look so I just went with it. I do appreciate the modified dashes as well and maybe I was just tired of all of the rebuild to go any further. lol


Nice work, I really like how clean the installation of the air conditioning is on the car.

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