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Old 12-12-2007, 08:19 PM
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What have you done to your dash?

I am in the process of reworking my dash on my '72 Nova and replacing it with a digital dash unit from Summit Racing (A Nordskog Unit). Have any of you gone this route, if so anything that I should look out for and if any of you have any good customizing ideas for the dash/interior, please pass them on.

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My dash panels were crazed and hazy so as a goof I traced them onto a sheet of aluminum, cut them out and then I did a spiral engine-turned/jeweled on them. You could instead get one of those palm-sized rubber Bondo sanding blocks and put a piece of scotchbrite in it and grain it in one direction. Get that look like the stainless steel appliances for the kitchen
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:43 AM
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Interesting concept, I may have to try a small piece of Aluminum to see how it looks.

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since you're going digital and if you can get it in the budget ~ throw in a Heads Up Display!

I bought one of these Defi setups for my 49 Hudson

Custom HUD Display in 1949 Hudson

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since you're going digital and if you can get it in the budget ~ throw in a Heads Up Display!

I bought one of these Defi setups for my 49 Hudson
Dude, that's brilliant! I love the way you mounted the HUD unit to your dash! That's pure genius! I book marked your site, and I'll be checking back from time to time. Looking good so far...!
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This might be more in the "low buck alternative" realm but I did the dash in my roadster using plain old aluminum roof flashing glued to medium density board (MDB). The back side of this particular flashing had a gold finish...and I liked it so much it was the side I used. You have to be careful with this stuff to prevent any dings, dents or ripples which occur quite easily because the material is so thin. But with a bit of care it's a decent low dollar option. If anyone is interested, full details on how the dash was built can be found here by scrolling to the bottom of the page, and on the following page. BTW, the top and bottom edge of the dash are done with oak trim pieces available at a Lowes or Home Depot.

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Look's nice Cboy!!!Great job.
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The HUD is just the "touch" I was looking for. I will be ordering this unit this week.

Thanks for that info, now all I need to find is the indash slideout dvd player/navigation and I will be set...LOL (Do they make such a thing?)

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This was more cost effective than getting the originals restored.

(just figured out how to post these in the post)

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I made a gauge cluster of six gauges in the middle of the dash out of aluminum.
An aluminum plate also covers the unwanted gauges between the speedo and tacho, the turn signal indicators are just small holes.

īCuse the grime.
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The HUD is just the "touch" I was looking for. I will be ordering this unit this week.

Thanks for that info, now all I need to find is the indash slideout dvd player/navigation and I will be set...LOL (Do they make such a thing?)

Jim
Hi Jim,

I was hoping you might like that setup! I am not going to get around to the final HUD install in the 49 until next winter 2008-2009 - but, I'm sure it's going to be fun and a good conversation piece!

Defi has a couple to choose from so browse around a little.

The biggest thing you'll have to resolve is the sensors and inputs - ie. will the same sensors "powering" your digital dash match the input for the HUD - they should, but you'd want to check the specs.
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Yeah I will have to find out about the sending units/sensors to see if it will work with my aftermarket digital dash. I havent purchased the digital gauges yet so I am very flexible there. Infact maybe I can get them from Defi so it they may be able to help.

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In looking more closely at the HUD display, it appears that it puts a grey shadow on your windshield when its turned on and displaying on the windshield. Is this correct? Does it look like the image on this page?

http://shop.edoperformance.com/defil...25.html?puid=1

Please let me know.

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In looking more closely at the HUD display, it appears that it puts a grey shadow on your windshield when its turned on and displaying on the windshield. Is this correct? Does it look like the image on this page?

http://shop.edoperformance.com/defil...25.html?puid=1

Please let me know.

Thanks
Jim
There is a transluscent patch you can install on the inside of glass that helps with the reflection/visibility of the display ~ I believe that is what you are seeing.

The instructions I have say this patch is optional, but honestly I can't see why you wouldn't want to install it to get better visibility of the display.
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