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post #1 of 50 Old 05-22-2010, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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I'm Building a Dash....lots of pics!!

Well, I'm doing a full frame-up redo of my Jeep. I'm doing it the hard way, though, for several reasons...the hard way meaning that I'm almost building a second jeep. I'm getting all the sub-assemblies done that I can, so when the time comes, it'll be a quick swap.

I've restored a complete second rolling chassis...here are a few pics of that project...











The reason that I'm doing the restoration this way is because I don't have the room to completely tear my jeep apart, and have stuff all over the place, while I repair, paint, etc. everything. This is taking me years to do. Plus, I can continue to drive my jeep until the last minute.

One of my sub-assemblies is a new dash. I bought an aluminum dash, and am modifying it the way I want.

I want the gauges to aim at me. That involves gauge bezels. I looked online, and the only ones that I found were 15* angles, and they were fatter than the gauge. To compensate for that, the bezel manufacturers bevel the top edge, to fit the gauge. I don't like that look, and I wanted more than a 15* angle.

Here goes..I started with a basic layout of the gauges...



Making up samples...







I cut the bezels for the 2 1/16" gauges out of 2" sch. 40 aluminum pipe..



Then, the bezels were beveled, to accept the angle on the backside of the gauge bezel. This make the fit and look much better...



...without the bevel...



...with the bevel...



Transferred the layout onto a piece of 14 ga. aluminum...



Hole sawed the larger holes, punched the smaller holes...



The smaller holes are for indicator lights and power outlets...



Punched out the retainer strips out of stainless steel...





The larger bezels were quite challenging. I had to start out with this heavy wall aluminum tube...



...and bore out the I.D. to fit the gauges...




'79 CJ5, AMC 360, t-18/d20 twin stick, dana 30/amc20(Mosers), Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley 600, ps/pb, DUI HEI, 'glass tub/1pc. tilt nose, 33x12.50 BFG AT's.

There's a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness".

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(..Continued..)
..the finished front bezels...



For bezels to work, there has to be a bezel for the backside, too. here they are...



Here are the pieces installed...





I didn't like the way the indicator lights looked! Since the gauges had angled bezels, the lights looked too flat. They needed a bezel, too, so, back to the drawing board!

I made another aluminum plate to mount all the stuff. this time, I changed the layout, a little...









I took a block of aluminum, drilled and tapped some holes in it, then cut it on an angle...









I machined a compound angle on it...







Now, threaded mounting holes had to be put into the backside of the block...



A test fit on the mounting plate...




'79 CJ5, AMC 360, t-18/d20 twin stick, dana 30/amc20(Mosers), Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley 600, ps/pb, DUI HEI, 'glass tub/1pc. tilt nose, 33x12.50 BFG AT's.

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(..Continued...)
Time to layout the dash, for cutting...







Next, #10-32 threaded inserts were pressed into the dash, so the aluminum plate can be attached to it...



Now, it's time to prep the bezels, and plate for clear powdercoat...







Here's the whole assembly...













Well, that's it for now. Eventually, the entire dash will be painted whatever color that I choose for the jeep body. Just this fabricated plate, and the gauges will remain the way you see them here.

Rich

'79 CJ5, AMC 360, t-18/d20 twin stick, dana 30/amc20(Mosers), Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley 600, ps/pb, DUI HEI, 'glass tub/1pc. tilt nose, 33x12.50 BFG AT's.

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post #4 of 50 Old 05-22-2010, 05:37 PM
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ummmm......wow. That is sick! Awesome work! Do you need a left nut by chance?....cuz I'd give you mine for that set up!

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post #5 of 50 Old 05-22-2010, 06:27 PM
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Very cool, that looks great!

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Definitely ALOT of custom work, nice when you have the tools. Looks great and unique.
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post #7 of 50 Old 05-22-2010, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys!

Rich

'79 CJ5, AMC 360, t-18/d20 twin stick, dana 30/amc20(Mosers), Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley 600, ps/pb, DUI HEI, 'glass tub/1pc. tilt nose, 33x12.50 BFG AT's.

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That is totally KILLER! I really like the angled gauges.

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Thanks, Skerr. I spent a lot of dough on those gauges, and I want to be able to see them, from the drivers' seat. So, I went through pains to get what I wanted.

Rich

'79 CJ5, AMC 360, t-18/d20 twin stick, dana 30/amc20(Mosers), Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley 600, ps/pb, DUI HEI, 'glass tub/1pc. tilt nose, 33x12.50 BFG AT's.

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you definitely have some skills. Nice work.

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That's awesome.

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Very nice, as usual Rich. A second rolling chassis huh? Not so sure about this "fine line between" you speak of so often. LOL. Super job!!
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Wow. Nicest gauge cluster I have ever seen in a Jeep. Fantastic work!
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That is such a freaking awesome idea.

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Outstanding craftsmanship Rich

What's your day job?

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