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(dont want to be a hack)smooth fire wall/fuse block and wire route

Hi guys I have picked up a sweet 53 belair. It has a smoothed fire wall and I need to place the fuse block under the dash. As i dont want the bolts to go through the fire wall and be seen from the engine bay I might weld in some sort of bracket to mount it to.. Any other ideas?? Drivers side kick panel area is out due to e brake.
Also concerned with drilling the hole for the engine/head light harness. I dont want to see the hole in the fire wall that the wires will run through.
The project is on hold till I get this figured out.
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Double sided tape, Velcro, Epoxy glue or a bracket.
Could go through floor or Trans tunnel & through frame rail to Headlights.
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You could do a bracket between the trans tunnel and the dash support brackets. And for the headlight wires, run them out the sides of the cowl, take off the fenders, and go along the inner sheetmetal so it won't be seen in the engine bay.
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I'm using a painless universal harness in my chevelle. I welded the fuse block bracket dead center behind and under the dash where the center speaker used to be (in the chevelle, the inner 1/2 of the dash can be unbolted and removed) see the area where I have circled red in this photo. If you're using an OE fuse block you could fab a bracket out of sheetmetal and weld it in a similar way.. (See attached pic)
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after welding a hundred holes in my dash, i too didn't want the wiring harness run thru the firewall down the inner fender.
but i did have AC/heater lines on the passenger side. i bought 1/2" plastic flex conduit used for industrial applications and ran my wires thru that. bulkhead fitting looks like a 5th AC line. i have a painless harness (fuse box left of the steering column) and had plenty of wire to run down the passenger side. i welded up a bracket to mount my fuse block on and used the lower hinge bolt as one of my attachment points.
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Weld the head of the bolts to the inside of the fire wall.. Are just weld in a bracket..
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On my '37 I just tack welded a faux mounting plate to the firewall with a 1/2" of air space to run wire behind and mounted the panel to it. To bring the wires forward to the rad cradle I used a piece of 3/4" seamless tubing that I contoured to the frame rail and brought 10 wires up with it to run, head and signal lites, electric fan, horn and spare wires. It was a great place to attach the positive from the battery to the starter. Engine wiring came up to the front valve cover via 1/2 " tubing. I polished both pieces of tubing with the buffer and clear coated them for looks.
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I wish I had pictures of the 57 we did for a customer , we mounted the fuse panel ( ato style ) under the dash on a bracket pointing the fuses down so all the wires where under the dash and hid the wiring high up under the fenders in the rounded portion we snuck them out near the doors on both sides we used semi trailer wiring for tankers ( Grote) the conductors are in a sealed tube about 1/8" in dia ) and spot welded the bolts for the clamps to the underside of the fender .
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I wish I had pictures of the 57 we did for a customer , we mounted the fuse panel ( ato style ) under the dash on a bracket pointing the fuses down so all the wires where under the dash .
I am doing something similar on my 41. Check out entry 299 of my journal for photos.

For going through the firewall, I am leaning towards using one of these:
http://www.installationinstructions.com/103017.pdf
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man that has to be a pretty penny , I got the Idea for our customers car from one of the cars I own ( I think it was my 95 firebird )
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Thanks guys I mounted it on the passanger side above the kick panel area..And drilled a hole through the inner fender then ran it along the top of the inside of the fender. Should have ran it through a copper pipe to make sure it didnt get hit buy rock ect..but just used that cheap black loom stuff.
Also the wires to the headlight switch are about a foot too short now..Will have to add on to them i guess. I didnt know what else to do mounting wise becuase the last owner has cut what looks like vent holes for ac in the lower dash. and not sure what kind of room that would leave me. And a foot style e brake on the driver side mounted in the kick area. and bein a smoothed fire wall didnt want to run bolts into it.
Anyway thanks for the ideas
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