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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:17 pm    Post subject: Billet Aluminum Dash Bezel Reply with quote

Got the gauges picked out I think for the dash project. . I downloaded the ones I want off the net, sized em' to the specs on the site & printed the faces out on the printer. Then I cut some PVC gauge housings on the CNC. They are a little deeper than the actual gauges but that'll insure I have ample room for the real deals down the road. Now I can make a bezel. That outta' keep me busy for awhile.


Cut the bezel out on the CNC. There's a bunch of steps to get this thing cut. I keep thinkin' one BooBoo & it's scrap. Shocked



Got the bezel off the table. Now comes the task of bending it in the right places & at the correct angles to fit the dash.



Got it roughed into the dash cover. Still rough but close enough that I know it will fit. The right wing is 1/2" longer than the left wing, so angles are different. I think I got it purdy' close though. Next is to cut the contour in the fiberglass for the oversized tach & speedo.
{that's a relief}







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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

drooling......... I'm not worthy excellent work. if i had access to a CNC i would never go home Laughing . do you have pics of the rest of the car ?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very impressive. Please tell me you are going to leave the mill marks in the pockets - I think they look cool. Clay
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.
Yup. I used a v-bit to do the milling so they are there to stay.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10sec.et wrote:
drooling......... I'm not worthy excellent work. if i had access to a CNC i would never go home Laughing . do you have pics of the rest of the car ?


Thanks.
Yes I do. I'll post some when I get a chance.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a few pics of the "Z"



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I can say is WOW!! Damn nice job.. Cheers
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice job
ive said it before
those are the best lookin years for f -bodies

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice car. lots of man hours in that thing Cool . i assume its going to get something such as a big Procharger ???? doesnt look like you will be sticking turbos on the ends of the headers.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it will be an F-2 540 BBC.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patrick, that is bad a$$$ period!!
Ok squisier! Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a couple pics.

{Before Body}


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That cage should certify 25.1 looking at it in the pictures. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got a little further on the dash today. I made plugs out of PVC to form the gauge wells, since these gauges are too big for the original bezel opening.

I did the kitty hair "form the bezel to the dash deal" again. Used vinyl & spray Pam as a release agent.

I welded some strap aluminum to the top & bottom to stiffen up the bezel & to provide a place for rubber mounting grommets.

Got the bezel just setting in place. It's being held in by the dash bar. Close enough to see what it'll look like.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool stuff, I'm jealous (of the car and your fabricaiton abilities - I'm learning stuff here - I love it). Clay
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