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Unread 05-12-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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Switch Panel -- Dubtype1 Style

I had to fab up a quick switch panel for my roof/driving/fog lights before ECCC. This is what I came up with.........................

Grabbed some textured 1/8" plastic and cut it the shape of the cubby pocket thing (Technical term). Then I used a heat gun to form it like the front of the cubby. I drilled 4 holes for the mounting screws and test fitted it. Then, i made some back brackets out of some metal I had found. I bent the ends so it grabs the inner lip of the hole. Once I got it to fit the best I can get it, I cut out the switch area and cleaned it up. I first sprayed the panel a light grey I had laying around, but it did'nt match the dash. So, I re-sprayed it black (Ishould of used matte black but all I had was gloss). I installed the switches, wired them up and installed the panel to the dash......I still have to finish wireing the whole set-up but it's done for today...Here's the pics, enjoy.





















If and when I decide to re-do the panle, I will pay more attention to detail and use smaller screws and different switches. All-In-All, I think it came out good.

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Unread 05-12-2011, 06:23 PM   #2
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Looks great. I woulda gone w/ flat black though.

I look at every fab as a learning experience, then try to make the next one a little better. Nice touch with the heat gun.
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Unread 05-12-2011, 08:53 PM   #3
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Thanks, I just used what I had laying around. Therefor, the gloss is what I used, but I can always re-spray it later. It actually doesn't look that shiny in person, must be the camera.
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Unread 05-13-2011, 04:17 AM   #4
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Thanks, I just used what I had laying around. Therefor, the gloss is what I used, but I can always re-spray it later. It actually doesn't look that shiny in person, must be the camera.
no, the gloss looks fine. I'm just ****in' w/ ya.

As far as the screws go. I would have gone with a smaller head too. I wouldn't re-do the whole thing. But, If it really bugs you, instead try swapping out the screws for silver allen head screws to match the vent panel above it. That might look cool.
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Unread 05-13-2011, 06:02 AM   #5
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no, the gloss looks fine. I'm just ****in' w/ ya.

As far as the screws go. I would have gone with a smaller head too. I wouldn't re-do the whole thing. But, If it really bugs you, instead try swapping out the screws for silver allen head screws to match the vent panel above it. That might look cool.
LOL, I kinda figured you were.......

That's a good idea with the screws, I'll look into that. Thanks.
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Unread 05-13-2011, 06:33 AM   #6
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dang this looks awesome. I just wish my cb wasn't in that spot. I may have to move it.
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Looks great, almost factory if you put some fancy switches in there.
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Looks good.. but you spent all that time to make it work, then didnt get the switches to line up? Redo them man... and it will be great!
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sir did you swap out your ac vents?? or am I lost
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dang this looks awesome. I just wish my cb wasn't in that spot. I may have to move it.
I have my CB in that spot too. I put the switches in the cubby below the A/C controls. You can fit at least three in there nicely.
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