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Grr.... minor setback, the later TD5 instrument binnacle won't fit the brackets for the older type. The LED warning module is slightly longer & hits the lower mounting bracket.... a quick redraw needed.... hooray for CAD

Also got the D1 grab handle.... not as 'chunky' as I remember them..... umm.... wonder if I can find a different one.... any suggestions ?
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The dash is looking good. I am looking forward to seeing the completed concept.
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Grr.... minor setback, the later TD5 instrument binnacle won't fit the brackets for the older type. The LED warning module is slightly longer & hits the lower mounting bracket.... a quick redraw needed.... hooray for CAD

Also got the D1 grab handle.... not as 'chunky' as I remember them..... umm.... wonder if I can find a different one.... any suggestions ?

Hey Andy......... try these guys ( in Port Coquitlam )http://www.faucher.ca/0942_Stainless...ab_Handle.html

they have all kinds of neat stuff
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Awesome thread, can't wait to see this finished up
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 09:29 PM
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Hey Andy......... try these guys ( in Port Coquitlam )http://www.faucher.ca/0942_Stainless...ab_Handle.html

they have all kinds of neat stuff

Thanks.... think the large is a bit too big & the small not wide enough. Will give the D1 handle a go & see how it looks.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 09:24 AM
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Looks great Landy Andy!

I might "borrow" some of your ideas/designs when it comes time for me to do my dash. I don't want to spend a ton of money for a LHD one and I want to do an internal front cage and don't want to be cutting up said LHD dash. Plus the ability to run a nice cluster of gauges and some switches. Like the move of the vent control - that would give me room to run some tubing.
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Old April 7th, 2014, 10:52 AM
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Why is it, that when you try to do a simple swap it snowballs.... thought I'd fit the later wiper stalk with intermittent.... easy.... yes ?

No, they changed the mounting bracket that comes with the indicator switch too.... grrr.... need to get a new one of them now... might as well get the main light switch too, so they all look nice & new.... oh well

On a positive note, the new heater mounting bracket is 80% done and should move the heater up & back towards the bulkhead. Aim is to get the actuator that sticks out on the front left corner above the bend in the bottom of the dash. This should clean up the center section & make it less boxy..... hopefully

Also, measured up the room to move the wiper motor. There is enough space on the engine side of the bulkhead to go up ~25mm, so that should mean I only need a 15mm spacer ring for the new speakers.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 04:54 PM
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Got the new cut parts back.... tacked up & test fitted.... perfect fit



Think I'll add a grab handle each side... the current Defender door handles fits just nice below the side demist vent.



Vent flaps work too.... I get the option of half & full on the passenger side, that should work good for fresh air into the cabin as it's just above the air inlet for the HVAC unit.





Can now finalize the passenger side main panel & get that cut.
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If you could reproduce this would be very sought after here on d90
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If you could reproduce this would be very sought after here on d90
I was just going to ask if he could do a run of just the left side parts/panels the he posted pics of. Looks really good.
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I was just going to ask if he could do a run of just the left side parts/panels the he posted pics of. Looks really good.
I mean a lot of the customs dash projects look like something out of mad max. A clean metal kit that can accept an aftermarket blower with AC would be awesome. The stock dash and AC kits are so cost prohibitive that a reasonable slick aftermarket would be a great investment
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I mean a lot of the customs dash projects look like something out of mad max. A clean metal kit that can accept an aftermarket blower with AC would be awesome. The stock dash and AC kits are so cost prohibitive that a reasonable slick aftermarket would be a great investment
Totally agree - doesn't look all that far from stock.
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Totally agree - doesn't look all that far from stock.
That was my intention, to a non-LR owner it should look 'factory' or at least in keeping with the factory look

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I was just going to ask if he could do a run of just the left side parts/panels the he posted pics of. Looks really good.
I may be pursuaded too, but not until I've finished mine first !
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I hope you fab an awesome center section; im thinking a clean metal puma style console with adequate ventilation.

Add an awesome glove box and boom! Let the orders rain lol
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I mean a lot of the customs dash projects look like something out of mad max. A clean metal kit that can accept an aftermarket blower with AC would be awesome. The stock dash and AC kits are so cost prohibitive that a reasonable slick aftermarket would be a great investment
Agreed. It's really hard to make them look like they are supposed to be there. I've seen lots of them done and this by far is the best.

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Totally agree - doesn't look all that far from stock.
Agreed.. X3
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Old April 13th, 2014, 01:16 AM
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I hope you fab an awesome center section; im thinking a clean metal puma style console with adequate ventilation.

Add an awesome glove box and boom! Let the orders rain lol
Passenger side already has a glove box in it, just working out final size before I get it cut. Centre section will get done once I get the HVAC unit bracket redrawn as a sheet metal part. It's almost done but needs to be mocked up first before I get it cut in metal. Current thinking is a pair of vents above the crash pad with a 6 way bank of Carling switches between them
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Yeah that's pretty sweet, thanks for sharing.

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Hey Andy......... try these guys ( in Port Coquitlam )http://www.faucher.ca/0942_Stainless...ab_Handle.html

they have all kinds of neat stuff
Thanks... have ordered one of the 11" long ones, should fit just nice above the glove box

Also decided I don't like the smaller grab handle on the end of the dash, so unless anyone can come up with a good reason to put one on.... it's gone !

Looking to mount my Maglite under the glove box, any other suggestions for stuff to go in the dash ?
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Old April 16th, 2014, 12:44 AM
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Here is the draft model for the passenger side, glove box opening measures approx 10" wide, 6" high & 6" deep, it slopes slightly down inside to stop things rolling out. Above will be a chunky grab handle for those interesting moments



And with the cover in place.



Question is.... is it too big ?

Would a 12V & USB socket be useful to the right of the glove box... what about a USB socket on the inside for phone charging ?
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looks like perfect.
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