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Old 09-14-2011, 01:15 PM
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Best method/resource to learn making custom dash panels

Hey there,

So I know this is probably a rather broad topic but . . . have to start somewhere.

Recently I bought a 68 Camaro. Nothing special, started out life as a 6 cylinder. Other than the doors and fenders, nothing is original, and as such, I really want to make this thing my own.

In the center of the dash is a removable piece that houses the ash tray, radio, and heater controls.

What I'd like to do is build a custom piece that eventually I'd mount/hardwire a tablet into, that would act as my gps, radio, info center, etc.

What I need to know are things like ideal metal thickness, tool sets to mold/bend it without leaving dent marks, things of that nature. I imagine it's not all to different than body work. For combining pieces, do you all usually use a welder, or is the metal thickness such that you use something else? I've done some exhaust systems using an old 112v MIG. What's the best tool for cutting metal of that thickness. A dremel type with a metal cutoff wheel?

Again, I know this is potentially a huge topic, and I am currently doing the usual google searches, but any direction and advice you all have is greatly appreciated.
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Just the usual tools like snips metal brake welding will work fine. Use 20 gauge metal and you may need to have some hammers and a beater bag to form some of the shapes depending on how exotic the piece is..

About like making a patch panel..If you have lap joints you can use a panel adhesive such as Lord fusor or similar..

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Thank you sir.

Looking forward to trying it out and seeing what I can put together.

The shape of the Camaro center dash is really impractical for a lot of things, as it slops inward as it goes from top to bottom. Would like to fab up something that goes straight down all the way to the trans tunnel flooring.
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You could also use a wood based material like MDF. It is very easy to work with. You can paint it when it is finished..
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