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Aluminum billet dash insert

Guys, I need your help/vast knowledge. What I'm trying to find, or if I have to, make an aluminum billet dash insert for Autometer Pro Comp style gauges. The large hole (speedo) is 4 5/8", and 4 or 5 smaller holes(mechanical gauges) is 2 5/8". I've talked to Autometer tech, and they're no help. I would be mounting the insert against a flat fiberglass dash of a '41 Willys kit car, so length and width shouldn't be a problem. I've checked with all the big and not so big dash insert makers and they all make ones for 3 3/8" and the 2 1/16" gauges but nothing for the larger ones. Anybody know of anyone out there that makes the larger insert? Thanks, batstar70

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Make a cardboard pattern and bring it, and the dash and the gauges (for measuring) to a local machine shop. If it is flat, that is a simple piece to make, even on a manual machine.
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Aluminum billet dash insert

If you can't find one already made, and I don't think you will, you will have to make one yourself or have it made. Here is a link to a thread on making your own dash.

what to do about the dash?

If you don't want to build one yourself then you will have to design a panel for your gages and have a machine shop make it. Talk to the machine shop first to find out their capabilities and what they would need for a pattern. Having a custom one off insert milled will be expensive but if you make a nice design and other rodders like it maybe you can recoup some money back by manufacturing and selling them.
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Thanks Guys, I'll give the local machine shop a try. batstar70
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Drill press and hole saws..

You can get Hole saws in the sizes needed for gauges..wven the big ones..clamp your sheet aluminum to a board so it won't get away and then lay out and drill the holes you need.

If you want the machine turned look a bit of practice and you can do that as well..Actually when I was in a rush I just sanded the aluminum with a DA and then cut the holes...worked out fine..

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Sam, I haven't checked with the local machine shop yet, but I do have the right size hole saws.... mmmm Thanks, batstar70
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If you were to provide the dimensions for a given car (like yours) a CNC program could be made and could then be marketed as CNC Billet Aluminum Dash Inserts. Sounds good, plus the bragging rights.
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Guys, I need your help/vast knowledge. What I'm trying to find, or if I have to, make an aluminum billet dash insert for Autometer Pro Comp style gauges. The large hole (speedo) is 4 5/8", and 4 or 5 smaller holes(mechanical gauges) is 2 5/8". I've talked to Autometer tech, and they're no help. I would be mounting the insert against a flat fiberglass dash of a '41 Willys kit car, so length and width shouldn't be a problem. I've checked with all the big and not so big dash insert makers and they all make ones for 3 3/8" and the 2 1/16" gauges but nothing for the larger ones. Anybody know of anyone out there that makes the larger insert? Thanks, batstar70
I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. DID YOU HAVE ANY LUCK? thanks
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Originally Posted by batstar70
Guys, I need your help/vast knowledge. What I'm trying to find, or if I have to, make an aluminum billet dash insert for Autometer Pro Comp style gauges. The large hole (speedo) is 4 5/8", and 4 or 5 smaller holes(mechanical gauges) is 2 5/8". I've talked to Autometer tech, and they're no help. I would be mounting the insert against a flat fiberglass dash of a '41 Willys kit car, so length and width shouldn't be a problem. I've checked with all the big and not so big dash insert makers and they all make ones for 3 3/8" and the 2 1/16" gauges but nothing for the larger ones. Anybody know of anyone out there that makes the larger insert? Thanks, batstar70
BATSTAR70,
IT LOOKS LIKE YOU FOUND WHAT I NEED.
COULD YOU SUPPLY ME WITH THE INFO ON A HIGH DOLLAR RESESSED REAR MOUNTED OR FRONT MOUNTED 1941 WILLYS BILLET GAUGE/DASH PANEL WHICH FITS INTO THE AREA OF AN ORIGINAL STEEL GLOVE BOX COVER. THIS MEASURES 9.75 X 5.75 INCHES. I PLAN TO PUT AUTOMETER GAUGES, 1, 3 3/8 AND 4, 2 1/16 INCHES.
THANKS RPF
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RPF, I never found anyone that makes exactly what I needed. I found a piece of 1/8 thick engine turned aluminum at a swap meet. Then, I just cut the correct size holes w/hole saw, filed all the sharp edges and belt sanded the outside edge. All in all, came out pretty good. Haven't tried lately, but maybe put "aluminum billet dash panel" in your search engine and see what comes up. batstar70
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Willys/gauge Dash Panel

Batstar70,
Thanks For The Information.
I Ll Give It A Try.
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