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  • Billet aluminum dash bezel

    This does eventually turn into a welding project.

    I started out by downloading pictures of the gauges I'll be using, off the net and printing them out actual size on the printer. Then made actual size PVC mock-ups on the CNC.


    Then I made a dash bezel template. Designed the gauge layout and machined the bezel from 1/4" aluminum plate.



    The bezel & gauges mocked up
    Last edited by pro70z28; 04-20-2008, 09:22 PM.

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    I had to play around with the brake to get the right set-up to bend the bezel to conform to the fiberglass dash.


    Bending the bezel.



    Got the bezel formed to the correct angles. Ready to fit to the dash.

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    • #3
      Thats D@MN nice work! Very pretty, I like it alot. Looks alot like the dash for an older Mopar. Whats it for?

      Ok skip the mopar part, you hadn't put the 2nd post up when I replied.

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      • #4
        I cut the dash opening and then fiberglassed the bezel to the dash with a release agent, to get a good fit. The bezel will be mounted to the chassis and the fiberglass dash will be removable to service electrical stuff.


        Here's where the welding finally comes in. I added aluminum strap top & bottom to stiffen up the bezel to support the gauges. And, to provide a place for mounting grommets.



        Roughed in & temporarily fit in the car to make sure everything will fit as planned.


        That's it so far. Still have a long way to go, but I'm getting there.
        Last edited by pro70z28; 04-20-2008, 09:11 PM.

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        • #5
          Why did you turn the brake fingers upside down? Was that to gain extra clearance for the thick material?
          Nice looking piece.

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          • #6
            Thanks DSW. It's going in the "Z".




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            • #7
              Originally posted by burninbriar View Post
              Why did you turn the brake fingers upside down? Was that to gain extra clearance for the thick material?
              Nice looking piece.
              Yes. I flipped them over to move them back from the edge. I then put a radius edge on a 1/2" pc. of aluminum, the same radius I wanted on the bezel. Also, using the 1/2' plate spread the load over several fingers since I was bending thicker material than I'm supposed to with this brake. I drilled & tapped a couple bolts in the 1/2 plate so I could put the fingers right on the edge without them slipping off. Then, finally I had to make an aluminum shim to fit between the 1/2 plate & the machined area of the bezel to get an nice even bend. Took some trial & error, but it worked out.
              Last edited by pro70z28; 04-20-2008, 09:22 PM.

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              • #8
                Pretty cleaver, here is a few pics of a radius bender I made for my brake, it was fairly easy and worked well. I think it is 7/8" radius. It snaps right onto the nosebar.
                Attached Files

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                • #9
                  That's a good idea. You could make a whole set of different sizes for different jobs.

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                  • #10
                    Sweeeet

                    Gonna need to see some pics of the motor in that baby.....

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                    • #11
                      There's not allot to see of the engine yet. It's all mock-up stuff at this point. Even the carb. is a PVC mock-up. It will eventually be an F-2 pro charged 540 BBC.

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                      • #12
                        Did you do the intercooler yourself? If so verry nice work as well as everything else so far.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Anti-GMAW View Post
                          Did you do the intercooler yourself? If so verry nice work as well as everything else so far.
                          Since he is not online now, I can answer that. I recognized it right away when I saw it. Here is a link to his thread on it.
                          http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...ad.php?t=12243

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by burninbriar View Post
                            Since he is not online now, I can answer that. I recognized it right away when I saw it. Here is a link to his thread on it.
                            http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...ad.php?t=12243
                            Thanks for the link!

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                            • #15
                              Beautiful - Nice work !

                              Did you also fab the seats ?

                              Is that a HF brake, Enco, ?
                              How do you like it
                              I'm planning to buy a 4'x16g brake with my stimulus check, looking for recommendations.

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