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    I want to change the size of some of the gauge holes, move the steering, etc... I can cover the existing dash with a "plate" of powdercoated aluminum, or I can fill the holes in the dash with wood and refinish the dash, or I can completely remove the wood from the back of the dash, install all new wood in behind the dash - fiberglass the front - yada yada yada, but what I'm thinking of I don't know how to do... I'm thinking of instead a "plate" of aluminum using a "plate" of carbon fiber, I'm just not sure how to go about it. It would be cool if it could be inset into the dash for a flush looking fit, or it could go "on top" of the dash like you'd see in a car or truck. I've got thoughts of removing all of the wood out of the back of the dash, using a router on the dash in the shape of the carbon fiber "plate", installing new wood in the back of the dash, and putting carbon fiber in the dash where I previously routed out.

    Idea's and suggestions are needed, not limited to but including references for someone who can do what I am thinking of doing.

    When I typed the word "plate" I mean a piece that's about 1/8" thick. Thanks!

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    I would replace the wood and reglass the thing....do it right. Someone might have a nice looking dash plate....but I have seen a lot of garbage out there where someone slaps a piece of diamond plate on it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Maker MN View Post
    I would replace the wood and reglass the thing....do it right. Someone might have a nice looking dash plate....but I have seen a lot of garbage out there where someone slaps a piece of diamond plate on it.....

    Ive never personally done it so im only going on what pics i have seen on here. I would support the top then get a saw out and cut it all out. Then new wood and new glass then paint and cut your new holes. Ill do mine when it comes time for new paint.

    Im also sure that was easier said than done.
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    i would definitely fix the wood first. imo i lean to the billet street rod look for the dash, a nice piece of aluminum polished and ball milled and or powdered coated to your color of choice. have done a few jets with the aluminum dash and i think they look cool, especially if you have other billet pieces in the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnray069 View Post
    i would definitely fix the wood first. imo i lean to the billet street rod look for the dash, a nice piece of aluminum polished and ball milled and or powdered coated to your color of choice. have done a few jets with the aluminum dash and i think they look cool, especially if you have other billet pieces in the ride.
    I have always wondered on making a Casting for them.

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    I would take the whole thing to TRG with one of your house payments and have him do it right with wood, glass and Gell to match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moneysucker View Post
    I would take the whole thing to TRG with one of your house payments and have him do it right with wood, glass and Gell to match.

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    LMAO, are you sure it would only be one house payment?

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    I'm in the middle of this samething its not hard to do the plywood chips out easy after you cut it adout a 1/2 inch from the top and cut lose the bow supports. I used a high speed air cutter to cut the wood and cut it about every 6 to 8 inches so the wood chiped out easier ordered epoxy from westtech systems to bond it back on havent gotten that far yet though. I posted a thread on here called " Sum ( I mispelled some ) fiberglass help " GTjets and some outhers helped me with how to do it. Its is vary easy to do so far just need time to get back to work on it. Hope it helps Later Eric

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    Thanks Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod56cars View Post
    Thanks Eric
    No problem hope it helps

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