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Old 02-28-2004, 08:07 AM   #1
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very interesting qeustion!!

this is aimed more at kickn and focal... but anyone can help..


my room mate and i are getting ready for a huge project this spring for his car.... if it turns out the way we hope were going to do something of the sort to mine. all that live around me are more than welcome to help. its gonig to take a few days.. so were hoping to start on a long weekend.

what i would like to know first is- how do you relocate the dash from the left to the center of the dash board? can it be done with out extending any wires.. im affaird to re wire those. i dont want to cut anyone of them.. esp the milage reader.. and my last qeustion.. what about the top part? the hump.. how is that re created for the center when the gauge is moved? and how is the part re created to cover where the old hump was? my idea is maybe to cut the hump out and just relocate, bondo it where its suppose to be moved to and just cover with something.. or maybe go to the junk yard and cut out the whole top dash and work with that....


the project is to relocate the whole gauge to the center, and fiber glass the practically the whole dash. were are going to remake the a/c cluster add extra gauges, and some other fancy shit. its going to look sweet. im not going to disclose everything we are gonig to do because it will be revelled in pictures.. i will however take a step by step to show everyone how it was all done and what not.


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Old 02-28-2004, 08:14 AM   #2
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this looks will take more than a wekend !!

and you will end having a echo like console !



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Old 02-28-2004, 08:21 AM   #3
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if we work through the night and work all 4 days we can get it down.. like 4 or 5 people will be helping.
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Dash Project

That sounds pretty cool. I have to agree, pretty ambitious for a single weekend, but good luck.

I would say buy a spare dash from e-bay or a junk yard. That way, you have a spare if you make a mistake or just dont like it. I would go with your idea to cut the bulge off and relocate it. I take it you are glassing the whole dash? May make molding it in easier and the finished product smoother. As far as wiring the harness goes, I think I have an idea for that.

While at the junk yard, but another bezel and cut the wiring harness from the donor car. Then use the male and female plugs to make an extension. You wont have to cut the original car wires, but it should make connecting them easier. Just like they do for HU installs.

Well, I hope those ideas help you out. I am excited to see how it all develops.
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wow good point.. just branch of the existing wires instead of cutting.. nice..

and i think your right.. go get another from a junk yard.. sweet.

there is so much to do to prep and some of things you just forget.. thats why its good to hear other voices.. thanks for the help.


to answer- yes were going to glass the whole dash and use a little bondo. with alot of sanding and smoothing, should turn out to be a beauty.

im really good at glassing so it should taken to long.
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Sounds like fun, remember, if you glass and Bondo, you will have to figure in set-up time for the chemicals, and that may kill your weekend idea, but you can always do other things while it sets up.. I agree as above, take all the neccessary extras you will need from the junkyard while you are there.
If you have glassed before that helps alot, I would still think you will need a support under neath to hold everything to set it.. Let us know how it turns out....Oh yeah, I'm busy that weekend.....lol,
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Project Planning

Well, I hope it seems as helpful when you are working! Should save soem time though. You may want to do a checklist too. I know that when you are working on a project you want to get right at it, but a couple minutes writing things down can orgnize it and point to things you might miss otherwise. It will also help form your junkyard shopping list!

As for the wiring harness, if you yank a few feet out from the donor car, you would just have to splice the female end on. I was originaly thinking to clip off the plugs and a couple inches of wire, but why do all that wiring if Ford already did it!
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sounds like a blast good luck
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i would do a new dash insted of cutting the old one...
just find/take out a dash...make a petter...take messures and do awhole new fiberglass dash...

and keep the original...just in case
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sounds like it will turn out like the Alpine car shown at the CES show last year. Do a search for it and check it out.
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