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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-28-2007, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Aluminum or Fiberglass Dash (Updated)

As I stated in another thread I decided to make a new dash instead of using the stock one. I have the tools and materials to make either one and would like some opinions. Here's a photo of the cardboard mockup.
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In your application, I would go with a fiberglass dash. Now,...if your car was more of a subtle set-up, I would go with the stock dash (gutted of course)

My truck is a lot more modest than your Stang, so I went with a stock dash. I just used the shell only and fabbed mounts for it.


I've dealt with a lot of fiberglass. That cardboard mock-up you have is just the ticket to get started.

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Either one in my opinion. The fiberglass would probably look better and be different. Also, I would weld some steel sheetmetal around the A-pillars so you don't have to notch the sheetmetal around the tube. You may already have this planned or just don't want to do it that way, but I just thought I would mention it.

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Aluminum... (only so you can template it and I can get one cheap.)
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Personally I like either a factory looking 'glass dash, or no dash at all. Going without a dash the gages can either be mounted to the cage dash bar in a row, or they can be mounted to a cluster panel attached to the steering column.

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Why not go carbon?
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I had a stainless dash in a car I built a few years ago. Looked GREAT and my next track only car will have an alum dash.. Just be careful with the finish of it. Glare is killer off of the aluminum.

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Doug, I went with VFN's 2-2 1/2lb fiberglass dash. They make them for all year Mustangs and what ever. I went with a camero dash because it's two piece( not shown in this pic) and goes all the way up to the windshield of my F150 Lightning. They have texture so when you paint them (SEM spray dye) they look pretty stock.

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Hmmmmmm! 206 views and only 18 opinions. Any who I've decided to make it from aluminum. Faster, cheaper and probably lighter.
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Doug, a fiberglass that can be removed ( one or two piece) will be the best way to go. Mount the gauges on a pod so that they stay and the dash come out. Like this https://www.skinnykidracecars.com/v/..._0686.JPG.html If you look you will see that the dask goes over the pod. We have done dashes just about everway that you can think of. The pod,with a removeable fiberglass dash works the best. Will cost a little bit more but no more working under the dash. Maintance will be a whole lot easly to do.
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Alum; and

I'd probably build it out of aluminum; and design it in such a way that the gauge and switch panels can remain while the rest of the dashboard can be removed. This way, you can install and service the gauges, and the dash simply becomes a valance.

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Re: Alum; and

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I'd probably build it out of aluminum; and design it in such a way that the gauge and switch panels can remain while the rest of the dashboard can be removed. This way, you can install and service the gauges, and the dash simply becomes a valance.
We were discussing that the other day, and it certainly will make things a lot easier. I have some small dzus fastners to use, dash could be removed in less than a minute.
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Doug, a fiberglass that can be removed ( one or two piece) will be the best way to go. Mount the gauges on a pod so that they stay and the dash come out. Like this https://www.skinnykidracecars.com/v/..._0686.JPG.html If you look you will see that the dask goes over the pod. We have done dashes just about everway that you can think of. The pod,with a removeable fiberglass dash works the best. Will cost a little bit more but no more working under the dash. Maintance will be a whole lot easly to do.
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Hi Doug, I made mine out of fiberglass and it is removable. Which ever material you choose make the gages stationary and the dash removable, its more work now but you will thank yourself for it later. I made the end pieces out of sheet metal and welded them in, the gauge cluster bolts in so all the gauges can be removed as a group and the dash tucks under the windshield molding in front and has 3 duez (sp?) buttons holding it in. The down side of the fiberglass is I never realized how much resin is consumed, it cost me over $100 to make, with your car I would buy a pre made replica.





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Dan, the interior of your falcon is BEAUTIFUL! Good job. I think that either aluminum or glass would look good. I would go with aluminum just because it is a lot easier to work with.

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