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Old 05-05-2006, 09:26 PM
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I've just been experimenting with some project ideas I've had inside my crazy head for some time and I got thinkin to the interior since I'm basically redoing everything again this summer, guttin it out, endless sanding, repaintin, bla bla. But an idea came about my dash. When I bought the 64 el camino, it had an aftermarket kinda boring plastic dash from summit I think and it's supposed to have a "brushed aluminum" look to it but it's just plain tacky. I got to thinking and said to myself while everyone was just wonderin who the hell I was talking to "What ifff... I made a wooden dash to replace this?" I think this would be pretty cool and unique. I would try and make it a 1 piece dash which would mean a helllll of a lot of chopping and sanding. It would be a direct drop in and stained of course. I have some nice carpentry skills, a pretty good artist and like to create things so I always like trying out some new stuff without worrying about if I'm up to a difficult task. What do you guys think of this weird idea and would it be better if I constructed the dash out of something else and maybe place some thin sheets of wood over it and stain those? If I want to make it a 1 piece wooden dash, it would have to be a fairly large chunk of wood If anyone's tried this idea out, I would love to see how it came out and maybe some tricks you used. Making an aluminum dash is another option but I'd rather try out something a little different. You think this idea is "practical" and if I'll have to use more than one piece to make my erm.. "dream" a reality because I don't want to have the seams showing where the pieces of wood attach to each other.

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Old 05-06-2006, 01:27 AM
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Whatcha guys think about this?

Are you thinking of removing the whole dash and replacing it with a wooden one or just replacing the gage panel with a wooden one?
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Old 05-06-2006, 04:52 AM
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I made a wooden dash to replace this?"
I think it would look like something that belongs in a van back in the 70's. for a '64 Elky, I would go with a clean stock dash. You replace it with wood and the value of that car just dropped. How about posting some pics of it BTW?

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I made a dash, glued on an elmwood burl veneer, applied many coats of clear, used classic gold gauges- looked great in the 39, can't get a "visual" an your El Camino. Bill
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:56 AM
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I was thinking of replacing the center consol, sorry for not being a little more specific. This isn't by any means an original restoration so I'm not worried about it dropping in value. I just want a nice restored 64 to have and be proud of something that I worked on myself. Oh and hotroddr, possible to post pics of it in your 39? Here are some shots of the dash to help you get an idea. By the way, the pictures make the dash look a lot better than it actually is.
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Old 05-06-2006, 10:28 AM
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i think turned alum would look good
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Classix, looks like an easy project. Sorry, sold the car "many moons" ago. Never thought about taking pictures back then, wish I had. Fiberglass is easy to do as well. Bill
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Old 05-06-2006, 01:58 PM
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Fiberglass is a possibility but I think it would just be cool to go the other route and use wood but I'm not sure how I'm going to keep it as a one piece setup since I don't want any seams showing from gluing/nailing together. If anyone has any suggestions on how to approach this, greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-07-2006, 02:16 AM
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I'm still not sure from the pics what you want to do. If you are going to rebuild the flat face that the gages are mounted to that would not be a problem If you want to build the hood around it as well and make it all look like one piece of wood that would be more work. You could build it in two pieces. The hood would be one piece that would have to be cut out of a big piece of wood. To the back of that you could glue your flat face plate and cut out your holes and mount your gages. You could also build a modified dash out of metal or fiberglass. If you keep the curves gentle and flowing you could then glue wood veneer to it.
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Study up on veneer

what we do is "book match" the veneer so we get the fine furniture look..Google up fine woodworking for tips on how to go about it and spend some time looking at fine furniture and also look at what the wooden boat guys do with vacuum laminating..this way one can mold in curves as well..

Do a good job of it and it will look fine..The final will depend on design and execution of the work..

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This is just my opinion. If you wanted to do a wood dash, I wood ( ) just make a little dash insert that goes only on that flat part that the gauges mount into. Put a nice stain to it, and I think it would look pretty classy, without a whole lot of trouble, or really taking away from the value of the car much.



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Keep this in mind

If you used wood on the top of the dash you would have to allow for wood movement. Wood shrinks and expands with changes in temp and humidity. Also the finish you use on it would have to cope with some pretty extreme temperatures. Unless the wood was extremely dry to begin with it would probable crack and check as the sun dried it. I would just go with a wood dash insert as well. It wouldn't get the sun baking it as bad thus lasting longer less sun fading concerns

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Old 05-08-2006, 07:25 PM
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Thanks guys for all your suggestions even though I know you're all holding back from flaming me against me dreams But I won't get around this for a while, more important things I need to get knocked out first, I might get around to it before the summer's over and I'll definately show how it came out. Plenty of time for me to think over different custom dash options.
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Old 05-14-2006, 08:40 PM
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I say go for it! The next show your at go looking for custom wood dashes. You won't find them. If you do it right it would be killer.
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I was thinking of replacing the center consol, sorry for not being a little more specific
I think you are talking about the instrument cluster. The center console would run on the floor between the bucket seats. If you want it to look like wood, try painting it a base color and get a 'graining' tool that they use to make fake wood. You may be able to get one at Lowes, Home Depot, or a craft store.

How about some overall pics of the car so we can see what you are working with?
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