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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.
          To all who contribute to this board.
          My sincere thanks , Pete.

          Pureox OA
          Westinghouse 300 amp AC stick
          Miller Syncrowave 250
          Hexacon 250 watt solder iron

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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
                To all who contribute to this board.
                My sincere thanks , Pete.

                Pureox OA
                Westinghouse 300 amp AC stick
                Miller Syncrowave 250
                Hexacon 250 watt solder iron

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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
                          To all who contribute to this board.
                          My sincere thanks , Pete.

                          Pureox OA
                          Westinghouse 300 amp AC stick
                          Miller Syncrowave 250
                          Hexacon 250 watt solder iron

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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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