71 Digital dash conversion

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  1. grebaba

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    Need some opinion's
    My stand offs came in the mail about 1/2 hour ago. I will be able to finish this weekend.
    In the meantime I started to paint the housing. I was going to spray it with argent then mask it off and paint the black.
    While waiting for the paint to dry I set it up next to one of my extra units.
    Looking at it I was thinking of leaving the argent.I have so much black in the dash with the black lexan I was thinking I would just reverse the paint with the black being where the argent is and the argent being where the the black is.
    What do you guys think.
    Greg
     

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  2. 5.0 Chero

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    what are you gong to do with the hole left from the old temp /fuel/odometer
     
  3. TestDummy

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    I like the reverse idea. I painted my entire assembly black, then went back with a good brush and Testor chrome paint for the elevated trim. It's not OE chrome, but close enough for Government work.
     
  4. grebaba

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    In the last picture you can see the plate of black lexan I cut for it.
    I can't think of anything to put in there so decided to just cover it. I am open to any ideals for something to fill in the hole.
    On the left hole I am going to build a digital clock to fill that hole and the hole in the right I think I will build a touch screen for the ac controls.
    I bought a Vintage Air control unit but it is about 1/4 inch to tall.
    I am open to any ideals.
    Greg
     
  5. grebaba

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    One vote for the reverse look. The more I look at it the more I like it.
    I went to ace hardware and bought a paint pen. It has a angled tip about 1/8 inch wide which makes painting the raised parts real easy.
    I bought the silver but if I go with the reversed look I will have to go back and buy a black one.
    You find the pens in the sewing section.
    Greg
     
  6. 5.0 Chero

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    i would use the reverse trim but I would also paint the recess of the "holes" satin black with just the edge argent

    how about a digital tach in the center hole
     
  7. grebaba

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    Good ideal on the trim paint.
    On the tach I have a hood tach.
    Greg
     
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    What color is the interior? Black will go with anything. Argent can be a little less agreeable with some colors.
     
  9. beerbelly

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    I'm digging the argent; it adds some 'pop' to a dark landscape.
     
  10. grebaba

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    The interior will be black. It came in red from the factory but since I have to redo the whole thing I decided to go with black.
    I had some unexpected company from out of state this weekend so didn't get to work on it.
    Will be able to get back on it in a couple of days.
     
  11. rfinnegan

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    With a black interior, the argent should compliment it quite nicely. Looking forward to seeing the completed product.
     
  12. grebaba

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    Thanks
    If the argent doesn't look good I will pull it and redo it.
    I still have to try to shine up the chrome on the consul but don't think it will work so will probably have to have it re chromed.
    Greg
     
  13. grebaba

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    Update
    My company got on the plane back to Hawaii last night so I got to work on the housing this morning.
    Since everything is hidden where I am going to mount it I used scrap pieces of lexan.
    I will say upfront if you decided to go with tube stand offs and longer bolts it would be a lot easier but since I am a shade tree mechanic I decided to do it the hard way plus I didn't want any rattles.
    Picture 1 shows the back of the housing. I left the area I am going to glue in green.
    Picture shows how I was going to do it at first. It has two stand offs that I was going to glue to the back of the housing and drill my 2 mounting holes in each stand.
    picture 4 shows the piece I cut and the straps holding the mount plate to the digital part of the unit.
    I then flipped over the unit and glued it to the housing. It takes it 72 hours to fully set so I will wait for it to set before I do anything else.
    The last picture shows it drying in the housing. I have decided to cut another piece of black lexan to cover all the holes across the bottom of the speedo cluster. I had to order some more lexan so I won't be able to finish untill it comes in next week.
    Ideals are still welcome.
    Greg
     

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  14. grebaba

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    Update
    After the artic front left this weak and I repaired my burst water pipe's I decided to finish the conversion.
    Opened the package I ordered and found out I ordered the wrong size lexan.
    I wanted 1/8 inch and hit the wrong box and got 1/4 inch which is way to thick for the last piece.
    I would be finished if I had ordered the right thickness today.
    Ordered some more 1/8 inch today and should have it Thursday.
    Sometimes I wonder about myself.
     
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    Sometimes, my wife wonders about ME! You and she are probably thinking along the same lines, too! ;)

    Joseph
     
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  16. grebaba

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    Finished I think
    Ok guys
    I finally got the time to finish this. The only thing I might add is to take a paint pen and highlight the raised ridges on the trim in black.
    What do you think.
    Thanks
    Greg
     

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    Painting the raised ridges would probably give it that finished look, although it looks pretty sexy as-is.

    Joseph
     
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    Agreed, and how about red. And a camera with auto-focus o_O
     
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    Thanks for the replys.
    I am thinking about painting the ridges.
    I don't want to look at it in a few years and say to myself why didn't I paint them.
    Red is an ideal I had not considered.
    As for the auto focus my camera might have had it when I got in 2004 but it still works.
    To cheap to buy a new one.
    Decisions?
    Greg
     

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