Another thought would be to dump the factory heater and go with one from Vintage Air. They are much smaller in size which frees up a lot of space, and they use electric controls instead of cables which can be mounted anywhere in the dasy without problems. Just a thought if you need extra space behind the dash.
just one thought - if you plan to add a roll bar .... which I personally think is a very good idea.... the factory location for the grab handle might not work. I had to remove my grab handle to fit the roll bar.... that's ok with me - the passenger can hold onto the roll bar.... bit it does leave 2 holes in the stock dash.... just a thought
I'm re-building my dash this weekend, one of the problems i have with the oil,coolent temp and volt gauges is seeing them when there sitting flat on the dash. i needed to move them up a bit and found there was the clearance issue with the windshield ducting. i built a angled plate about 7 inches long 4 inches deep on the right side that the gauges fit into and this bolts to the dash at an angle i can see, there's room in and around that for switches i need to mount and i can reach it all straped into the seat. we will see how it works once i'm out driving but so far so good.i would take pictures of it but i can't get my camera to work, i found a picture of these on the web though.
The more and more I think about how I want my dash to look, I really like boomvader's setup. What do you guys think about this setup? The top is (close to) stock, and the bottom two are what I'm contemplating, leaning heavily towards the third drawing.
I sent an email over to Daniel at DoubleD a few days ago, along with my latest and greatest. Top one is stock-ish, bottom one is not so stock-ish.
All of the gauges will be mounted in the angled cups, for visibility and also for more clearance in front of the heater. I've finally conceded to put all 3 of my radios into a center console / overhead console. And I think I might keep the heater controls in the factory location for more of a nostalgic look. I did buy a CJ, after all
I did something similar. Only my glove compartment is now a 9" in dash DVD player. It pivots 45* in either direction. You could do one under the dash also. Just mentioned it since you have a blank slate. Good luck, whatever you do. Your work always seems to come out top notch.
I've also learned that sometimes... when people don't agree with you .... its best to hold them down and kidney punch them till they agree with you