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01-13-2006 06:40 PM A couple more finished shots
And a few more shots of the completed project.


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01-13-2006 06:32 PM Finished shots
This pretty much wraps up the project...with the exception of a final cost/budget breakdown which I hope to post shortly. As close as I can tell at this point, I'll end up approximately $1,000 over budget ($4,500 final cost vs. the $3,500 target.) These shots happen to be the finished photos I had to submit to the insurance company to get coverage on the car.


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01-13-2006 06:10 PM Dash and Gauges
Photo #1. I then cut and installed a piece of pre-manufactured oak trim (Home Depot) to the bottom edge of the dash to finish it off.

Photo #2. This detail shows the three small holes drilled in the lower oak trim piece directly below the speedometer. These holes are for the left and right turn signals while the center hole is for the high beam indicator. The bulbs for these indicators are inserted through the back side of the MDB and a rose colored lens piece has been inserted into a recess cut into the back side of the oak trim piece.

Photo #3. This is my personal contribution to hot rod whimsy. The tool box is my air cleaner and the Pepsi can has been adapted as the air cleaner "nut". The tool box has multiple air inlets drilled on its bottom side and is then stuffed with furnace filter material cut to shape.


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01-13-2006 05:54 PM Dash and Gauges
Photo #1. Here is a shot of the completed speedo mounted in the dash.

Photo #2. Here are the oil, temp and amp gauges installed.

Photo #3. A shot of the tach as installed (to the left of the steering column). Also note that I have installed a piece of oak trim (from Home Depot) to finish off the exposed top edge of the dash.


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01-13-2006 05:43 PM Dash and Gauges
Photo #1. Once all the holes were completed the metal flashing is un-clamped from the MDB and the piece of plexiglass which was previously cut is placed in the recess which was routed around the speedometer hole. The flashing is then put back in place and permanently attached to the MDB using contact cement making sure all of the guage holes are in alignment. I then cut the area out of the dash for the steering column using a jig saw. In this photo the dash has been temporarily set in place to make sure everything fits properly. Note the "empty" holes are for the gauges while the "white" hole is for the speedo. At this point I have also drilled and installed two toggle switches which will be for the wipers and the radiator fan manual override.

Photo #2. This is a close up shot of the round speedometer hole with the plexiglass lens inserted in the recess of the MDB and then the metal flashing laminated over the top.

Photo #3. The dash is then removed once again and flipped over so we can install the "square" speedo behind the "round" hole in the dash. Note that the plastic casing of the speedo is simply drilled and attached to the MDB with four screws. Also note that I have used black electrical tape to cover all the joints and openings. This is done to prevent dust and debris from getting on the inside of the lens where it would be very visible...and difficult to remove.


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