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Old 11-19-2007, 09:21 PM
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Fabricating a dashboard

I have started a project I will probably regret soon.

I have a 1974 Dodge Charger project of mine, kind of a high school side project. About a week ago I took out the gauge cluster, because new ones are needed. During that week, I decided that I want a completely new dash setup. My preferred medium was naturally fiberglass. I just don't know.... what the hell i'm doing.

I've worked with fiberglass many times before, but they were all mold jobs for fenders. I just need a little guidance, whether I should keep the original dash as a base and foam/MDF over it, or go full out and form my own. Help for a lost soul?

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Old 11-20-2007, 02:12 AM
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Go to the junkyard and look at al the other dashes in the cars. Either design off of one of them for ideas or pull a complete dash and retrofit it into your car. My son stuck a Cavalier dash into an S-Dime and it looked great. One truck that I seen in a mag had a '62 Impala interior put into a late model Chevy Dually. That was real sweet.

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I don't get it, if you can pop a mold off of a fender and make a fender out of the mold what don't you know about fiberglas? Or did I misunderstand your statement? I am a wiz at glass and have repaired many glass parts as well as making my own molds and parts for myself and others including every removeable part of a 65 dodge coronet.
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I own a few Pontiac Fieros, and I've seen several of them with cutdown late model Firebird dashes. Very rounded and smooth looking and really updates the older looking dash.

With the fiberglassing, quick question: what do you use to make a mold?? Do you actually fiberglass a piece for the mold and then fiberglass into that, or use another material for the mold, like plast paris or something??

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You use fiberglass for the mold and the part.To make a mold you first prep the part you want to reproduce,this part is called a buck. It can be an original fender or some custom psrt made out of wood or whatever material you are comfortable working with,preferably as non porous as possible.Next you wax the buck with mold release wax then spray on gelcoat. This is best but not needed for a 1 time mold.then you lay your cloth and resin,how many layers depends on what you are making.This is just an over veiw if you need more detailed help let me know.Next after your mold has cured remove it and start over.wax mold spray gelcoat etc.
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