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1972 buick skylark. can i make a sheetmetal dash fairly cheaply and easily?

i have a 1972 buick skylark. in replacing my speedometer cable i found out my dash was not well put together by the last owner. now i have a very loose and lopsided dashboard.

i was wondering if i could make a sheetmetal dash for my car?

i dont have a ton of metal working tools or welding experience. i'm very much a beginner all i have is a harbor freight arc welder and some clamps.

i'm a college student so price is a concern, what would making my own sheetmetal dash cost me?

all info is appreciated.

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Let's move this to Body-Exterior. The guys there will help you with this. They're the experts on metal working and painting, which is what you'll need to know.

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i dont think the jegs version is big enough honestly. or the right shape for my skylark.

any other advice?
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Depending on the complexity of your design, of course you can make it-and, you could also make one out of Fiberglass (which may be easier to a degree)-

As for cost, I just purchased a 4' X 8' sheet of 18 Guage CRS for $26.00 (which would be at least two times more than you would need)-

You could also get one out of a Car that is already made, for instance, say, a Riviera-

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where did you get the sheet metal from for that price? and speaking of thickness what thickness do i need? is aluminum better than stainless steel?

yeah the design isnt complex i just need something that will stay on and provide easy access to gauges a/c and radio.

the punisher movie car the gto had a very minimalist simple design. id like to follow that pattern.

it at all possible id also like to make sheet metal interior door panels because mine are all cracked warped and falling apart.
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where did you get the sheet metal from for that price? and speaking of thickness what thickness do i need? is aluminum better than stainless steel?

yeah the design isnt complex i just need something that will stay on and provide easy access to gauges a/c and radio.

the punisher movie car the gto had a very minimalist simple design. id like to follow that pattern.

it at all possible id also like to make sheet metal interior door panels because mine are all cracked warped and falling apart.

In my area, there are the Suppliers and there are Retailers-call around and ask for pricing-some will cut it down for transport (if needed), some will not. I would think 18-20 Gauge would work, just be sure to get cold rolled steel (you do not want hot rolled if you go with steel.

Again, depending on the complexity (I don't know what the Punisher looks like), you could also use Aluminum-I would venture a guess here (maybe 3003?) would work, but if you are going to do any real shaping you will have to anneal it. Stainless is possible, but for a newbie I wouldn't do it-it takes more talent to weld, and IMHO, it is certainly harder to form.

Door Panels would be easier-I am making a Trunk for my '35 (they didn't originally have a trunk), so I am building a framework and then paneling it with cold rolled. Because of the larger expanse, I am using a Bead Roller to give it some stiffness (something you may have to do on your door panels as they are relatively flat, curves give metal strength). There are some real metal masters out there, and your imagination is your only limit to your design.

I am using Dzus fasteners to be able to take the panels in and out, but in your case, rivets or screws would certainly suffice (and be a bunch cheaper )to hold your door panels on.
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http://ultimategto.com/cgi-bin/showc...69/69h_00210_2

well like i said i have novice metal working skills and a cheap harbor freight mig welder. the link shows the idea. i dont want complicated. just simple efficient spartan functional interior.
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are there any other sheet metal examples ya'll have that i could take a look at as i'm trying to draw up my plans?

do i really need a metal brake can i get away with some air tools?

i dont have a compressor and will probably end up at harbor freight for that as well.

what psi and gallon size is the bare minimum i could get away with.
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Ok, so are you really set on making your own dash? I don't know what condition the previous owner left yours in, so what are we talking about? Missing hardware? Hacked up metal? Lost plastic?

I don't even know what a '72 Skylark dash looks like, but is it really going to be easier than fabricating your own dash? I'm not trying to talk you out of customizing your ride (hey that's what we're all here for) but don't start a project you're not prepared for or you might be disappointed with the results.

If I'm out of line, please ignore my post and make your car your own. I just know from experience that starting from scratch is a LOT harder than it looks.
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