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Old 07-08-2004, 12:20 PM
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should i use the old stock one??

Here the thing. it's not in too bad of shape but the whole car is custom so if i put a stock dash it would go against the theme. i would obviously fix it up and try to customize it some how but is it worth it? i know a lot of people have done a whole new dash with fiberglass, but how hard is that going to be. The dash is from a stock 53 bel air that i bought for parts(which i come to find out that i don't need) but the car is complete, i was thinking of just reselling it, but if i use the dash, i cant get nearly as much.
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Old 07-08-2004, 01:16 PM
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Keep the old dash and weld on the mods. An all-steel dash is a great base to start with and with all the compound curves, you can cut and weld to your little heart's desire and not cause any appreciable heat damage. A new fiberglass dash is WAY more work than it is worth. Worth a few judiciously chosen tubes and cones, and nips and tucks you can have the ultimate custom dash with minimal effort.

Here is a steel dash that I modified for a '37 Willys pickup. Welded on some cones and a lower panel with the small gauge cones and radio and came up with a great look and only spent about a day and a half on it. Be creative but keep the steel!
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Old 07-08-2004, 03:14 PM
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You could use your stock dash with one of the billet frame digital gage inserts with a late model or custom steering column. Love your front end. From the name I'm guessing it's metal. I had a 53 way back and made a similar nose with a conduit tube, chicken wire and then fiberglass. Man what a disaster, I did get it done but was a chore, made a set of flimsy nerf bars. A few months after it was finished I rear ended a wagon at about 10 mph the nerfs collapsed and the front end exploded.
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COVER THAT WHEEL!!!!! Dont put one of those little bastards on that classic dash.

Rebuild that plastic with plastic filler and send it to a good trim shop, hell send it to me if you cant find one. I can wrap it for less than one of the cost of a little baby wheel. It can be padded up a little or be a classic small grip and put a contrasting baseball stitch on it and they look like a MILLION. And are very unique

I will send you a picture of the 50 wheel I am wrapping right now when its done. I will be submitting a thread that will show you guys how when I get it done
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That is a pristine dash and I would use as is. Easy to wire in a voltage step down, and use the 64 sending unit for all those instruments. The speedo can be made to work properly. As far as I'm concerned, nothing beats a big diameter steering wheel and yours could be first class!!! You will never see a late model flip and flop column in any car I build unless I just can't find the original. Resto rods is a theme and you seldom saw radical custom dashes back when.

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Old 07-19-2004, 10:14 AM
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im having problems finding a nice digital gage insert for that dash, but i know i've seen one around. if any one knows were i could get one, drop me a line. as far as the steering wheel goes, i don't think it would fit with the theme of the car.
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Old 07-19-2004, 02:45 PM
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does that mean your keeping the wheel?. Digitals are nice and all but I saw a really nice multi gauge at Classic. Tack, speedo pressure and Alternator I think in one really fine looking analog with a digital speedo pick up. Take a look if your heart is not set on a digital.
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Check out RB's Obsolete Automotive Inc. Iv'e downloaded a pic of there dash insert for your year chevy. It accepts regular or digital gages. You could use a set of the classic style gages for an original look or go digital for a newer look.
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im NOT keeping the wheel and im not sure weather i want digital or analog? whatever looks better and cost less im still looking oround
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Hey 53 I am in brighton. If you need some interior help let me know. I am in the area. Graduated from South Lyon
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Old 07-20-2004, 07:42 AM
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hey i graduated from the same school. thanx for the help but im not there yet. i just wanted to know weather i should use the dash on the stock Bell air or just sell the whole car. when i get to the interior ill send you a PM, thanx for the help.

PS Dakota Digital does have a nice instrument gauge for the 53
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