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72-80 Dash inserts? #2459874
03/02/18 12:48 PM
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Mr onetwo Offline OP
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Is anyone making metal inserts for these dashes.I searched and can't find anything current.Was thinking turned stainless with new Speedhut gauges would be nice.

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Re: 72-80 Dash inserts? [Re: Mr onetwo] #2460019
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I like this idea.
Really like that gauge. up

Thought about doing this myself.

There is a water jet shop up the road from me, but I figure it would cost more than my trucks are worth.
Wouldn't hurt to go ask em. shruggy

My plan was to get a scrap piece of 1/4" plywood or plastic and make the pattern.
If it comes out good, then I'd try the turned aluminum.
Pretty sure the hardware store or tractor supply would carry it.
I couldn't justify the cost of stainless on my old trucks.


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Re: 72-80 Dash inserts? [Re: Mr onetwo] #2460269
03/03/18 12:46 AM
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I saw turned metal backing panels on sale someplace, maybe Speedway?

I have a big hole where the instrument cluster once set, so I have to put something there to mount my gauges to. I was originally thinking I would just use sheet metal and paint the whole dash body color, or the dash body color and the mounting plate black or something. My gauges are 3 3/8" in diameter, I have the speedo and the other is 4 gauges in one set. My gauges have a black face with a black trim ring. The numbers are white and the pointer is red.

I do have a piece of 18 gauge brushed stainless steel (think fridge front) here I could use to mount my new gauges, but once the holes are cut, any clean up removes the "brushed" look. I suppose I could cut the holes undersized and use a rotating cutter to bring the holes out to size.

I also have a piece of 5/16" thick aluminum left from a job I did, I could make the gauge backing from that as well. Gene

Re: 72-80 Dash inserts? [Re: Mr onetwo] #2460301
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You can buy vinyl wrap in engine turned finish and lay it on your existing panel.

Re: 72-80 Dash inserts? [Re: Mr onetwo] #2460332
03/03/18 02:41 AM
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We fabbed a 3 piece aluminum insert over a heavily modified (ie: hacked up) donor bezel that served as a foundation so it would all go back in as one piece using the same anchor points. A pair of Speedhut combination gauges monitor vitals but with the radio delete there’s a lot of available real estate. The combo gauges are looking lonely.

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Re: 72-80 Dash inserts? [Re: Mr onetwo] #2461361
03/05/18 09:27 AM
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I have talked to these guys...FPM Metals, but I may try the wrap idea and adapt new gauges to the existing bezel.

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Re: 72-80 Dash inserts? [Re: Mr onetwo] #2464260
03/10/18 01:11 PM
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Re: 72-80 Dash inserts? [Re: LilRed7879] #2465090
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Very nice work...thanks for the link!

Re: 72-80 Dash inserts? [Re: Mr onetwo] #2465876
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That is very nice. up
Gives me hope.
I don't have a mill, but I'm gonna give it a try.


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I can screw up anything.

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