Street Rod Dashboard

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Project by Gianni posted 04-30-2014 03:30 AM 2420 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here it is. A friend asked if I could do a wooden dashboard for his street rod that he’s doing upgrades on, and this is what I came up with. I think his original thought was flat face to mount the gages in, but the cutout behind it allowed me to recess everything on a 10 degree tapered piece and set it all back into the face.

I had to make several tools, including an angled plywood planer sled, some assembly jigs to get the spacing even on a rather odd shaped piece this large, etc. The tapered piece had to be completely hand-sanded because of the continuously varying angle of the cutout, but it turned out well.

To add a personalized element, I did a little intarsia piece with the Lion’s head from his Army signal corps logo. The dash wasn’t wide enough to do the entire logo, but the lion is pretty faithful to the original, and not too bad for my first ever attempt at intarsia.

All in all, he’s pretty thrilled with how it turned out – this was a big job compared to the small hobby projects I normally do, and I’m very happy with how it looks.

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#1 posted 04-30-2014 08:55 AM

Great job, very nice.

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#2 posted 04-30-2014 11:51 AM

Wow, that’s some dashboard, fantastic creation. Great work of art.

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#3 posted 04-30-2014 12:37 PM

You, and your friend have every reason to be happy with how it turned out. Very nice work. Looks great. I’d like to see the rest of the car.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 04-30-2014 02:55 PM

Not just woodworking – IT”S ART!

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#5 posted 04-30-2014 03:09 PM

That astoundingly creative. A really nice job. Congratulations on an intricate and beautiful piece of work.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 04-30-2014 03:13 PM

That is a fine piece of work. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 04-30-2014 11:21 PM

Thank you very much guys!

A little history on the car: It’s a 41 ford with the top chopped off. It was his dad’s, and he was in process of building a T-bucket, when his dad up and gave him the 41. He drove it for a year as it was, which was tan in color with a flat, toupe colored vinyl-covered fiberglass dash with an all digital gage cluster (sort of 80’s high-tech that fell out of vogue). It had a corvette LS-1 engine in it at that time.

Over the winter, he finished the T-bucket and it’s now for sale. He also stripped this car to frame and upped the level of just about everything to show quality. The new paint job is silver covered in translucent red candy topcoat, with the boot and rifle memorial airbrushed on the trunk lid. The interior is now a light tan leather. The engine was pulled and sold, replaced with a ~450hp small block stroker with Weber induction (ever try to tune 8 carbs?), and of course, the dash is maple/walnut with classic white and chrome gages.

He’s still pulling the wiring harness and needs to throw down carpet, but it’s been such a cold spring here in Iowa that motivation can be difficult to find. Now that May is coming, I suspect every nice day (should one ever happen to randomly occur) will be a day he’d rather be out driving than in the garage soldering, maybe once it’s in the work parking lot I can grab some more pictures of the overall car. Would it be socially unacceptable to re-post at that point? Don’t need forum rules drama and all.

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#8 posted 05-10-2014 06:41 PM


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#9 posted 05-10-2014 10:11 PM

Oh hell YES!! Post pic’s of the car!

There, you now have MY permission to do so. :-)

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