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Old July 19th, 2013, 10:33 AM
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I wish I could retrofit one of these dashes into my '95...

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Old July 19th, 2013, 10:42 AM
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Make one out of fiberglass and cover it in a similar material.
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They are wildly different. Honestly, Josh's suggestion would be easier.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 10:49 AM
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I miss the luxury of a newer high end vehicle...Opinions vary, on the HSE Supercharged. Most recently I heard 2010 was the better year for a "New to Me" Rover....any one with sound thoughts on this?
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Old July 19th, 2013, 11:06 AM
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I miss the luxury of a newer high end vehicle...Opinions vary, on the HSE Supercharged. Most recently I heard 2010 was the better year for a "New to Me" Rover....any one with sound thoughts on this?
Definitely... if you're talking supercharged, you're going from like 390 to 510 horsepower, and the updates to the interior are a big improvement as far as luxury.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 11:39 AM
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I think I could engineer something from wood/fiberglass, I just wouldn't be good at making a faceplate for the switches and knobs that would look "factory"...

I'm also a Land Rover Sales Guide, so having free time to take on a project like this is usually sucked away from that customer that has to have a deal completed on my day off...
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Old July 19th, 2013, 11:53 AM
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Make one out of fiberglass and cover it in a similar material.
Still a daunting task.....however I'd try it.
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You could always remove your dash before or afterward and sell it, since they can go for some pretty good money, to help fund the project. You can then buy a RHD and/or LHD version (they're on eBay UK and elsewhere all the time) and chop it up accordingly.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=42075

Or try to purchase just the surface plate that contains the cut-outs for the switches, screen, knobs, etc., and fabricate something out of wood/fiberglass around it that it similar to what you see above.

It's been discussed a few times.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...d.php?p=402764
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I love the ease in which you state to "just fabricate something from wood or fiberglass"..

It's not that easy to make it look "right". Besides, no wood. that moves. Fiberglass only.
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There is a retrofit kit in development.
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I love the ease in which you state to "just fabricate something from wood or fiberglass"..

It's not that easy to make it look "right". Besides, no wood. that moves. Fiberglass only.
Hey I said fiberglass originally! He's the one who said wood. I just added wood after he did.

Besides, most would disagree that any of this Puma stuff looks "right" in a Defender in the first place.

This guy rebuilt a wrecked Puma - most of the dash stuff is in page 10, 18, and the before/after is on page 26.

http://www.aulro.com/afvb/projects-t...roject-10.html

http://www.aulro.com/afvb/projects-t...roject-18.html

http://www.aulro.com/afvb/projects-t...roject-26.html
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I think it's very luxurious looking, very much like the LR3 dashboard.

However, I think it's too easy to underestimate the complexity of making a high-quality luxury "feeling" dashboard. There's also then the entire HVAC system and all switchgear. Lots of detailed components make up a dashboard like the one shown. Manufacturing these components on a small scale would result in considerable cost.

Then there's the matter of the gauges, which are obviously tied into the ECU.
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I really don't understand why people want to add this dash. It works in a new defender with the sealed bulkhead vents and modern hvac and computers etc but to jam it in a nas 90 seems absurd. One of the beauties of the nas truck is the simplicity of the dash and the open vents. If you want to add a modern feel add a td5 dash or go buy a wrangler.
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I really don't understand why people want to add this dash. It works in a new defender with the sealed bulkhead vents and modern hvac and computers etc but to jam it in a nas 90 seems absurd. One of the beauties of the nas truck is the simplicity of the dash and the open vents. If you want to add a modern feel add a td5 dash or go buy a wrangler.
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Or this:

Retro fit a Puma dash to your NAS, and get a free set of Boost?!
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Old July 19th, 2013, 05:04 PM
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I'm with you guys as far as keeping it simple... I'm just tired of the crappy climate control levers, horrible lighting, and the noise my steering wheel makes when I turn it and the plastics rub against each other. I'm also that guy that engineered an iPad into my Corvette, so I'm always looking for the next project.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 05:20 PM
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The gauge lighting can be fixed by installing VDO Vision gauges. The steering rub can obviously be fixed.....
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Old July 19th, 2013, 05:30 PM
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The gauge lighting can be fixed by installing VDO Vision gauges. The steering rub can obviously be fixed.....
I know, but that's too easy... I've already commenced drawing up some ideas.
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I'm always looking for a 3D design Project.

I was thinking about an erector set up of milled aluminum or steel brackets spanned by geometric cuts of 3mm nylon sheet that could be covered in padded vinyl or neoprene or whatever. The dash itself... Stack stack stack. AC would be a stashed away hurricane unit with mitten vents distributed "tastefully". Ok that's all I have.
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