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Unread 04-28-2013, 06:14 AM   #121
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Unread 04-28-2013, 03:19 PM   #122
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DAMN i want my own plasma table.....
It is a fun machine. Even more fun when i get to be creative with it. I love cutting stuff for the Jeep.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 08:37 PM   #123
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Managed to slip in a couple of hours this evening! Cut out the switch panel and did the finish work on it. I think I will leave it bare brushed and not clear coat it. I like the look of the brushed. I am no expert for sure but it seems pretty easy. I used a (green) scotchbrite belt with a little water on it and it took about 2min and it was done. I did use a 120grit belt followed by a 220grit belt before the scotchbrite belt to clean up the edges and dross.

I painted the gauge cutout semi-gloss black cuase I had some on hand. Should look good next to the brushed stuff.

I have to have it running as soon as possible due it's duty as a daily driver for the next week, our trans went out in our Expedition DARN! My wife spends lots of time driving a F550 so this should be easy. The only hard part is the SM420, kinda like driving a bus.

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Unread 04-30-2013, 09:30 PM   #124
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OK, managed to get some stuff done on the dash today. We are down to one vehicle and it is a F550, great truck, hard to park. My son slipped of the step while reaching for a baloon and hit the gravel. Split his lip and knocked a tooth loose, spent Monday evening at the ER.

He is running around like nothing happened today and wondering when we can get the Jeep back together and do a camping trip. I wish I was 5 again!

Here is what I did today. Spent some time in my private shop (no employess allowed!) working on the toggle switch panel. I am using "waterslide decals" to mark the switches. I have used them in the past for industrial machines and they hold up well. First was to draw in cad then print. Printing was done using high quality and photo paper as a paper choice, the waterslide paper was printed just like a photo and allowed to dry for an hour or so. Then, the sheet was clear coated using rustoleum cystal clear (rattle can). Dried for two hours then cut out w/ scissors and placed in water until the backing "slid" off. Placed it on the brushed aluminum and wiped it with a micro fiber cloth and let dry. I will trim any extra when dry and then coat again with the crystal clear to seal the edges.

Please comment if you see anything that could be done different or easier, or ask any question you have. I don't have all the answers but someone here does, makes it a collective effort and easier for the next guy.

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Unread 04-30-2013, 09:34 PM   #125
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Actual stuff on the dash......

Here are some pics of the progress on the dash itself. I am pleased with the look so far, I was shooting for vintage aircraft/rat rod. Close I hope. LOL
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Unread 04-30-2013, 10:12 PM   #126
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Let me know when you need you would like to get rid of you wiper and hazard knobs...I'll pay good money for 'em...

Man, your dash looks great! Nice job!!!

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Switch Panel

The switch panel itself is done. Now to bring all the wiring to it. I will use one distibution style fuse box to power all the switches. Seven of the ten toggles will go outside the firewall in one loom through a grommet to distribute in the engine compartment, this should keep the mess outside LOL

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Let me know when you need you would like to get rid of you wiper and hazard knobs...I'll pay good money for 'em...

Man, your dash looks great! Nice job!!!

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So those two knobs are original? I am a "Jeep" noob for sure. In one of my bins, I had a "temp control" knob that has been handed done through at least three generations. It was a missing knob on my Jeep! It matches the other one that says "defrost" Got lucky if they are original too.

So, how much are you offering? LOL
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That switch panel is awesome!
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Ok, here is a before and after post. The dash is basically done. The wiring is all thats left, much of the new panel wirirng will be done on a bench and tied later this weekend. Ten switches seems like a lot of wiring, but it will only have four new switches, one (two wires actually) for the winch, the dome, U/C lights and the fan. I don't have the fan yet, so that will wait.

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Unread 05-03-2013, 07:45 AM   #131
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Thats a nice panel. Great work.
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Very nice! By any chance, do you have the spec on the button heads you used to fasten the dash? I wanted to switch out my hex heads for those.....
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Thanks guys!

The screws are stainless, the part numbers are usually like this: 1/4-20x3/8 SS BHCS. I used three sizes of screws, 1/4, 10-32 and 8-32, all of them had the "SS BHCS" which is stainless steel button head cap screw. You probably won't find them at lowes or home depot. You could catalog order from grainger, mc master carr or msc direct.
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looken good i likes......
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The screws are stainless, the part numbers are usually like this: 1/4-20x3/8 SS BHCS. I used three sizes of screws, 1/4, 10-32 and 8-32, all of them had the "SS BHCS" which is stainless steel button head cap screw. You probably won't find them at lowes or home depot. You could catalog order from grainger, mc master carr or msc direct.

Thank you! Can I assume they go as follows?:

1/4: Used to fasten the dash to the tub
10-32: Used to fasten your panel to the dash
8-32: Used to fasten the gauges to your panel
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