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  • Jeweling Dash Panels 101

    I've almost got my aluminum dash panels on my 84 finished and have learned much. After removing all the switches and guages you need to sandblast or somehow remove the annodizing on the panel. From this to...
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    The suspense is killing me.....
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    • #3
      ....This, you need to start with a polished piece of metal, the smoother the better. I wish I had spent more time on this step. To polish I used a buffing wheel on an electric drill and emory buffing compound around twenty bucks.
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      • #4
        I ordered a one inch engine turning tool from Eastwood auto for around twenty five bucks(they also have a 1/2" size). It's basically an abrasive cylinder which chucks into your drill press it came with good directions. You need to decide on your turning pattern I went with a 9/16" spacing which gave a good overlap. I marked a piece of plywood every 9/16" and drew lines across the entire board to line up the fence. The first board gets clamped to the drill press table. The fence was a long thin piece of plywood with marks every 9/16". The fence gets clamped to the first board and moved after every row. The dash panels are screwed to another piece of plywood and I indexed the Right edge with the ticks on the fence.
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        • #5
          I would recomend getting a comfortable stool as it took almost two hours to complete just the guage pod. Use a slow speed on your drill press (around 900 rpm) and the same down pressure and contact time, I used a ten count.
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          • #6
            Looks great, reminds me of my old Trans am dash.
            OH-IO!

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            • #7
              This is possibly more mind numbing then sanding and oiling Teak! What do you think, is this the first jeweled dash on a MasterCraft? Now if I can find a source for a big fire bird decal for the bow....

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              • #8
                WOW ! That Looks Awesome !
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dichdoc
                  This is possibly more mind numbing then sanding and oiling Teak! What do you think, is this the first jeweled dash on a MasterCraft? Now if I can find a source for a big fire bird decal for the bow....
                  Now that would be sweeeeeet!
                  Devil made me do it the first time.
                  Second time, I did it on my own.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Footin
                    Looks great, reminds me of my old Trans am dash.
                    That's what I was thinking. (I had a 76 Trans Am)

                    I think it will look good

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                    • #11
                      Think the one inch spacing was definately the way to go. Have pictures of your transition into the sides of the panel? did you make a border? or did you try to do the corners?

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                      • #12
                        Congratulations, you did a beautiful job and you should be proud. I've tried doing that in the past with moderate success but it didn't look that good but you mastered it!
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                        • #13
                          How long did you practice for?
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                          • #14
                            NIce job! I thinkI just found a new use for my drill press

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                            • #15
                              I have not done the sides of the lower dash piece yet the guage pod and the main part was all my small brain could handle yesterday without thoughts of stripping down and running naked into the Montana wilderness! My plan is to use some black pinstripe down the curve to give a clean brake. The instructions did advise to use a flat, square piece without holes drilled in it. I'' post some finished pics when installed. As for practice after screwing around with different methods and tools for half a day I did three test swirls with the new tool and went for it!

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