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  • Dash panels- 88 Prostar

    The mount holes on my dash panels are cracking, so I figured I'd CAD up new ones and fab them. Right now, I've only got the left panel drawn out, I'll have the right side switch panel done early next week. I have a laser cutter in my classroom, and will make a trial set out of plastic, but I might have nicer ones done out of sheet metal and powder coated, depending on cost.



    Top two holes are 2" in diameter, I have a depth gauge and hour meter there, the lower holes are for horn (left) and ignition key (right). The switch panel will be a copy of the original. I'm thinking for the switch labels, I might see if I can have vinyl letters cut, rather than trying to mess with silk-screening. (Possible to do on metal, but adds to cost.)

    Once I get them done, I'll start a thread in 'For Sale' if anyone's interested in buying a set.

    G
    Last edited by gweaver; 05-25-2012, 09:00 PM. Reason: modify image coding

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    As long as it's Lexan, they won't crack.
    Anything less will crumble.
    Hint - LED
    Last edited by Philscbx; 05-26-2012, 10:51 AM.

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    • #3
      The laser cutter will cut anything combustable. It's not too happy with some plastics, because of the particulate matter that comes off- I was leaning towards black lexan, so it looks factory. Wouldn't be too hard to do something translucent instead, with LED backlighting.
      G

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      • #4
        Paper prototypes cut- assuming they fit well, I'll have plastic pieces cut Friday.
        Then it's just a matter of getting vinyl letters for labeling the switches.

        Last edited by gweaver; 05-29-2012, 10:53 PM.

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        • #5
          Tried something new for a prototype- got some engraving stock- black with a white underlayer. By setting line colors in the drawing and changing power settings on the laser cutter, I can cut through the panel on the black lines while only etching the blue text. Etching allows me to burn away the black plastic, exposing the white underneath.

          I still want to play around with aligning the text for the switches, but I really like how these are looking. I made a practice panel with a plain font, then found the Hemi-Head font. I forgot to take a picture of the actual panel, so I couldn't label the various reset buttons. I'll correct that tomorrow and run another set of panels (hopefully the final set).



          A little more playing around and I should have something that's a pretty reasonable replica of the original panel, but with a few personal touches.

          G

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          • #6
            Are you going to possibly make a few sets for sale? I would definatly be interested in a set.
            James

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            • #7
              I would quite possibly be interested in this. I have a 1990 Prostar that Im restoring, and I need to replace these panels. The arrangement I have is different for the left panel. I dont have a depth gauge, although I kinda want to install one. But I also do have a safety switch there.

              Here's what it looks like:



              I would like what you have designed above with a cut out for the safety switch also. But I would like the panel to be black with white lettering. Is that possible?

              PM me with more info please.

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              • #8
                Thanks for the interest. I'll certainly make extra sets if people want to buy some.
                nkorep2: I can do custom plates as well, but I'd need measurements for the cut-outs and a layout. (pm sent)
                The image in my previous post shows blue text- that's just part of the drawing software. The coloring of the final pieces would look like the image below- a black plate with white text. The one below was made before I found the HemiHead font, but you get the general idea of what the final piece would look like.
                FWIW, I haven't done a cut on plastic with the HemiHead font, so when I get that done, I'll be able to show exactly what the final will look like.



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                • #9
                  looks great, keep us posted, my '89 will be needing some tlc soon!
                  Jack
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                  • #10
                    What a very cool process - this will definitely get me brainstorming on an old 78 S&S makeover.

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                    • #11
                      OK- dash panels are done. The HemiHead font looks really good- props to whoever found that font and shared it. I know on my hull the word MasterCraft uses a combination of upper and lowercase letters, but I think all uppercase (but with different font size) looks better.





                      They'll be installed tomorrow, pictures to follow. :crossesfingers Hope I got all my measurements right. Realized that while I measured the hole diameter for the hour meter and depth gauge, I didn't measure the diameter of the trim ring. I left enough space for a 1/4" trim ring on each gauge, so I should be OK.

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                      • #12
                        I'm interested
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                        • #13
                          Just a heads up for folks who are interested- since this is engraving stock (black over white), the edges of the panels are white. I don't think it's a big deal, but they will be slightly different from original.
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                          • #14
                            Nicely done. I had a fabricator duplicate my panels on my 89'.

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                            Anodized aluminum, engraved and painted lettering. These should hold up a little longer than the stocks

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                            • #15
                              I thought about going that way, but the minimum charge was $150, and that was for a plain aluminum panel with cutouts. Powdercoat and lettering would have been more.
                              I'm not too worried about holding up, seeing as how my boat's 25 years old. If I get 25 years out of these new panels, that's good enough for me. I can always knock out another set if I need to.
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