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My work in progress custom dash: advice needed.

I'm in the middle of my custom dash project and would like to ask some advice if that's ok? This is what I've done so far to get to this point (see below): made a rough copy of the original dash, built a wire armature, stretched T shirt fabric over it which I soaked in activated resin then applied a few layers of fibreglass and filler which I'm now sanding back (still need to cut out the apertures for the screens and switches)

My problem now is that I'm trying to think of the best way to fit it in the car. The plan was to bond and smooth it into the original dash somehow to maintain structural rigidity (my car has a targa roof which allows the dash, even with the custom dash test fitted over it, to be removed as one piece). The question is, what's the best way to do this? The OEM dash is plastic with a leather effect finish and I have a spare which I've been working with. Any suggestions would be gratefully received! I've been winging it so far as I've never attempted something like this before!



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Old 08-09-2005, 07:16 PM
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You could probably bond the two together with some type of epoxy. I know they are glueing door skins and pick-up bedsides on now with a special epoxy that is really strong. Check with your local body shop supply .
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Why not use some nice tapered shoulder interior screws and speednuts? in the proper places it would be structurally sound over the original or the extra dash Plus with a few twists of a screwdriver it can come out for easy service/return to stock dash. Although, I do dig that dash. cool effect, what's it going in?
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Two good ideas, thanks guys. Although I was originally going to fix it permanently and blend it in, I'm leaning towards making a two piece dash with the custom part being removable. Hmmmm...still not too sure.

Thanks for the positive comment 1982 SS. It's going in a '91 300ZX which is part way through being fitted with a 4.5litre V8 VH45DE engine. The reason behind the build is that I'm installing an in-car computer system to run the engine management software (Emerald M3DK), sat-nav and store music. Below is a photo (not of my car) of what the OEM dash looks like and another pic of the custom one from a different angle:

I want everything to be very "driver" orientated, hence angling the centre console around into which I'll fit the main controlling touchscreen with a larger (15") secondary screen facing the passenger.
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Great stuff Leigh

ok, now I want to know how you made the shell. What kind of wire, like screen? Did you just press it onto the old dash and leave it there while you applied the cloth and resin? what kind of resin. didn't it all stick to the old dash? did you apply filler in- situ or out? finally please do not complete the job without a full description here of how you covered the whole thing!
Need details! rebuilding dsahboards in modern cars is really quite rare and your idea is awesome.

keep posting mate
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Custom Dash project.

Just in case you are not finished with your dash project, you may want to consider bonding in metal or wood support structures on the back of fiberglass dash. That way you can maintain the original position of the dash and avoid having the original in the way for wiring and devices.

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Let's put this in General rodding Tech also. You'll get more answers and ideas with this thread in two places.


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