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post #1 of 13 Old 08-31-2009, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Wanted: Jeep CJ Dashboard CAD Files

Looking for a CAD file (.dwg or .dxf) or a dimensioned print of a Jeep CJ Dash.

Here is Vers. 1.0, but I need to fix some problems:



Yeah, yeah, I know it's a flat panel, but help a poor boy out. I am looking to get more precision on the location and dimensions of the steering wheel and glove box cutouts in Ver. 2.0.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-31-2009, 07:57 PM
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Well I can get a drawing turned around pretty quickly but I don't happen to have an idea of locations. jscherb might be able to supply me some of that since he banged one up for his CJ8. I'll drop him a line and see what we can shake out.

Since you are looking for a digital, is this going to be to guide a CNC? If so, supply me the layer names and parameters and I can get a machine ready DXF for you.

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Francis,

Thanks for the offer.

At this point Plan "A" is to use layout dye and hand transfer the holes to the blank with a ruler & scribe. With the original, I didn't have any reference points (WTF-J was a scratch build) and ran into some clearance issues behind the dash. (e.g. The rheostat behind the heater thermostat control was huge and arrived after I cut the original holes for it and the fan control. (Rosette welds to the rescue!)

If that doesn't work, Plan "B" will be to take it to a shop with a CNC plasma cutter, so I can't tell at this point what the target platform will be.

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Well the panel itself is simple, it's a rectangle with some bends and holes where you need them. Doing the parametric layout and attacking with a hole & jig saw is also not all that involved, just need coherent reference points for centers. Taking a layout drawing and producing a machine ready DXF from it is as simple as defining layers, migrating to layers and keeping the math under control. The shame of it is what the catalog companies charge for a blank dash given that all dash panels start off the same.

Look for something later today.

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... just need coherent reference points for centers.
Correct-a-mundo!

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So based on my own dash and some basic measurements we get a shape that looks like this. I didn't have time to model the column cutout in detail so I just used it's envelope dimensions.

The panel returns are sized for 1/8" setback. I realized that I did not measure what the actual setback is so I guessed. This number is really up to you anyway based on how far offset you might like the panel to be. I have included the formula that you would use to calculate the stock to include. Given that we are using small radii on relatively thin sheet and only aiming for a small amount of setback; A uniform OA offset, shears, a soft hammer and a sharp edge piece of stock should allow you to hand stamp the setback.
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i've got one in metric dimensions..
can send it by e-mail.

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i've got one in metric dimensions..
can send it by e-mail.

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I prefer to think of dead threads as "dormant"...

In any case, I'm in need of a dimensioned CAD plan for my CJ7 dash. If anyone has a .dwg or anything else that's usable, I would be very appreciative. I hope to send the modified plan off to the fabricator this week. Thanks!

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bump... anyone?

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Not sure if I'm too late into this convo, but there is a CAD file for this at a website called trails less traveled - under their cad library, along with a tube bender design! I'd link it, but DoD computers are a little picky about copy and pasting unsigned links... Anyway the sites servers suck and ususally takes a few tries to get in but there's a bunch of CAD files for download there.

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I've also downloaded the file myself, it will take quite a bit longer to get to you - but if you have trouble getting to the site let me know and I'll try to send it to you.

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Perfect! That's exactly what I needed. Thank you, GodFather.

Here's a link for reference: CJ7 Dash CAD File (.dxf, .dwg)

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