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Old 01-06-2009, 03:50 PM
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How I would go about something like that is to pull out the old dash panel and then make myself a template of the area to be filled out of thin plywood like 1/8 inch plywood..It may take several stabs at it to get something pleasing in appearance..figure out just where you are going to attach the new panel and fix some brackets or you may be able to drill some screw holes to fasten the new panel..layout the gauges and lites and then cut the holes in the ply..when all this is satisfactory then take a piece of aluminum at least 0.060 and engine turn it and then cut and drill the holes in the aluminum..assemble the gauges to the new panel and install it..I try and find some socket head cap screws or nice stainless or chrome torx screws about a #8 to fasten the panel..looks kinda high tech and hotroddy when done..

If you like you can do a fiberglass dash panel as well..just depends on your fabrication skills and what you like..
I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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