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extra dash im working on

Post by 500hpKA240sx » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:36 pm

I pulled this dash out of the white car that i was doing work on and the guy had sadly molested it. it was originally black and he painted it blue and white.... since there was no fixing the damage that was already done i decided to fab gauge cluster and then im going to carbo fill the seems and then Slicksand the whole thing and finish it. after all this work im going to have a fabric place wrap it.
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btw i chose to go with metal b/c i can bend it to make it fit a bit easier than other material and plus the metal that is use to fab this up is off of another 240sx thats junk lol
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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:33 pm

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Post by shift_down » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:04 pm

Oh I'm excited about this :o . Very creative, cznt wait to see the end product.
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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:48 pm

sorry for i have not updated in a few days im waiting on some gauges so i can clean the holes up and have a perfect fit and then ill mount it down so hopfully by the end of the weekend ill have it almost done.
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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:14 pm

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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:24 pm

i got it pop riveted in and then i glassed it then carbo-filled it. so now i just have to smooth it out and if it wont cost me an arm and a leg ill have it wrapped...
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Post by supakat » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:26 pm

If you do another one, do you think putting an angle on the gauges to face the driver would work. Great work!
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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:35 pm

yea i might make another one a buddy of mine wants one done but its a lot of work, but yea it is very slightly angled but not enough to see in the pics i thought even with them being straight it would still be a lot easier to see rather than it being mounted in the center vents facing the roof of the car.... thanks man
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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:29 pm

here is just an idea what it will look like i set it up in a parts car i have
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Post by shift_down » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:34 pm

Coming along real nice. I love diy projects like this and I can appreciate the work that goes into it. Keep it up.
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Post by z3nk1dr1ft » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:26 pm

Looks good. Keep up the work and post more pics!

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Post by Super Coupe » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:57 pm

My only concern is the body filler cracking over time from the vibrations and flexing.
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Post by klh6686 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:40 am

Looks interesting!r

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Post by 240s-ex » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:09 pm

can't wait to see how this turns out. Keep it up!

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Post by Niys » Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:34 am

bad ass cant wait to see it finished

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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:44 pm

Super Coupe wrote:My only concern is the body filler cracking over time from the vibrations and flexing.
its not a light weight filler its SEM's Kevlar filled filler and its glasses over top it wont crack.
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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:47 pm

its not finished yet the work is done but I dont have enough money to have it sent off to have it wrapped right now. once i have enough ill have it professionally wrapped. so for the time being i just coated it in flat black to keep the glare off the windshield.

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Post by jholman05 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:05 am

Why not coat the entire dash in filler then go over it with a DA sander and smooth everything out would take maybe an evening and it would look like much more of a finished product? I like the idea, and it should look good when complete, I just think I would wait to put it in until it looked or was more finished.

Or if you didn't want that much work, you could even pick up a can of 3M Super 77 and a yard and a half of black suede from the fabric store and cover your dash in suede to match the steering wheel and have no glare. I sewed some suede onto the high wear parts of my momo seat, front door inserts, shift boot and glove box. It's all holding up pretty good.
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Post by picsbypenny » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:18 am

looks like you put a good amount of effort in that I think some sem coating on it would even out some of the textured areas and give it a good look...

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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:44 am

jholman05 wrote:Why not coat the entire dash in filler then go over it with a DA sander and smooth everything out would take maybe an evening and it would look like much more of a finished product? I like the idea, and it should look good when complete, I just think I would wait to put it in until it looked or was more finished.

Or if you didn't want that much work, you could even pick up a can of 3M Super 77 and a yard and a half of black suede from the fabric store and cover your dash in suede to match the steering wheel and have no glare. I sewed some suede onto the high wear parts of my momo seat, front door inserts, shift boot and glove box. It's all holding up pretty good.
I have suede and its not ideal for this job...it doesn't need to be as smooth as you think it should be and its a waste of material to coat the whole thing. Also there's to many Rounded spots for a da. im not skilled enough to wrap the dash so ill just save up and send it off to have it done right.

As far as looks wise I dont really care do Tim more of a performance guy. Looks come later. And I need my guage installed.
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Post by Ikera » Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:55 pm

nice,
have you considered flocking it instead?

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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:56 pm

Ikera wrote:nice,
have you considered flocking it instead?
never even heard of it i looked it up but theres a lot of different things about it any elaboration on this flocking???
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Post by Ikera » Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:52 am

I've never flocked anything myself yet, but I was looking into that.

From my understanding here is how it works.
You get glue and flocking powder that comes in many different colors.
apply glue to the surface, and then cover the whole thing in flocking powder
it takes long time for the glue to set but when it's done you can shake off the excess powder and you're done
flocking will give it suede texture

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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:38 pm

interesting....wonder how well it would hold up to the sun.
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Re: extra dash im working on

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Re: extra dash im working on

Post by sil-coupe » Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:49 pm

So what is going on with the glass?
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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:35 am

what do you mean? It was just a base to lay filler and sand it smooth. under the factory plastic coat is like a foam and filler wouldnt hold for very long.
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Post by sil-coupe » Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:06 pm

Ah I see. The pics being out of order through me off. Thought maybe you were making a mould. Looks good!
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Re: extra dash im working on

Post by 500hpKA240sx » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:22 am

the pics are not out of order? this is where it sits.. my car stopped turning over and so i pulled the dash to finish it. where the 3 gauges sits is where the center vent goes. and where they where located I havent cut the holes yet I got a fcukin case of some viral infection in my throat and I went to the ER.......fml. but im back home and it will be finished soon. and it wont go in the car until 100% finished. I have a good job now and I went and bought everything I need to finish it :mrgreen:
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