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Old 02-11-2006, 07:10 AM
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I have a steel dash out of a 77 Ford F-100 I have removed the gauge pod and the glove box and stripped it down to nothing.

I want to mount autometer gauges in the dash. My idea is as follows

1. weld steel plating to cover the holes in the stock dash about 34" long by 10" wide then grind the welds down and fill and sand for a smooth look, I have already started a template for the gauge placement. Lay the template on the steel and cut the holes for the gauges and mount the same for the other side where the glove box was.

My ?? is: will 22 guage steel plate work for this little project?

Does anybody have any thoughts on my ideas and suggestions?


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Old 02-11-2006, 07:34 AM
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I am not familiar with the Ford dash. Here is a simular idea I did to my 39 chevy panel. I filled it with 20 ga then cut out for the aluminum. I did not like any of the production inserts. Besides I like to have something different.
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Old 02-11-2006, 07:54 PM
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what did you cut your holes for your gauges with?, and did you weld the metal into your dash?
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The steel was cut tha same as dash opening and tacked in. look close and you can see it. The aluminum is 0.500. the holes were cut on a milling machine.
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Old 02-12-2006, 06:45 PM
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I am looking at 22 guage steel plate for covering the opening and cutting it for the gauges.

Kind of hard to get a smooth cut with a bi-metal hole saw too much wobble, thought of using a hole punch or knockout if I can find one like an electrician would use on a metal box.

Or I may try and find someone at the local tech college I attend.
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Here's a link to a Bronco dash using fiberglass and AutoMeter stuff. Looks good.

http://www.carsound.com/cgi-bin/UBB_...4;t=006836;p=0
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