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Hey folks,

Allthough this question doesn't apply to a hotrod, I figured you guys would know best! :D

I want to completely redo the interior of my 79 Jeep Wagoneer. I absolutely hate the whole dashboard layout. (For those who dont know the truck, the glovebox is in the middle, the heater controls are on the far left, the A/C is a bolted on 'add-on' to the bottom of the dash, with seperate controls in the middle of the dash) The guage pods are built in such a way that they make it hard to read the guages in many lighting conditions. And we don't need to get into the lack of cupholders, storage space, or the cardboard glovebox liner!

The truck is going to get completely overhauled, and modernized, I'd really like to redesign the whole dashboard, and modernize it too.

My real question is HOW? I talked to a rod shop, and they're willing to do it, for $$$$ (almost $$,$$$.$$) But I'd prefer to do it myself. I would like to end up with a vinyl covered dash which looks like something you'd see in a 1994+ vehicle. (without the airbags) But I dont know even where to start, Can anyone give me some pointers? Or websites to check out?

Tnx for any help in advance!

Andy
 

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Try making a sheet metal dash with universal round gauges that is probably the easiest i dont know about a vinyl I have seen people make them with a wood frame and fiberglass but i dont know how
 

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One option would be to acquire a dash you like from another vehicle of similar size/shape. If I remember right, the Wagoneer was a lot like a modern full-size SUV.

If you have a junkyard nearby that lets you stroll the lot you could bring some measurements and see what's available. May even find other parts (seats?) that would be worth retrofitting into the Wagoneer.

It probably wouldn't be worth the effort to get modern electricals to work (although you never know), but if you could get the dash shell (and console, and overhead stuff...) it would be a big start.

Alternatively, you might be able to get a dash out of a 80's full size pickup. Some of those still had mechanical or electro-mechanical gauges/controls. You might even be able to hack into the gauges and controls to interface with the Wagoneer system.
 
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