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Old August 6th, 2009, 11:21 AM
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Custom Dash photos?

I have reached the point of designing the new dash for my 110 build, I think I have decided to go with autometer ultra-light gauges with a custom dual kph/mph face for the speedo. What I am looking for is photos of other full width custom dashes people have done that preserve things like vent flap access, heating ducts for windscreen and passengers etc. I would like to keep it fairly simple but a showpiece vs something like what they did for the tomb raider build which I do not think looks very good. I am starting from bare bulkhead and building up from there.
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Old August 6th, 2009, 11:39 AM
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I have reached the point of designing the new dash for my 110 build, I think I have decided to go with autometer ultra-light gauges with a custom dual kph/mph face for the speedo. What I am looking for is photos of other full width custom dashes people have done that preserve things like vent flap access, heating ducts for windscreen and passengers etc. I would like to keep it fairly simple but a showpiece vs something like what they did for the tomb raider build which I do not think looks very good. I am starting from bare bulkhead and building up from there.
I know you want something fancier, but I am pretty happy with how this came out. I wanted as simple as possible.

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Old August 7th, 2009, 09:33 AM
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Looks pretty good actually.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 05:25 PM
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Yep it does look good, very close to my heart in the minimalistic simplicity as well, and if I did not have to worry about things like heating, wipers, etc I would likely go that route. Right now my current feeling is that I will trim down a SIIA dash and build some cowling that wraps around the front and then a second piece for the middle that goes from dash top to transmission tunnel. I have a preliminary sketch now but need to find a Defender to measure against to start on a mock-up. Mine is in too many pieces and in too many different places still
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Old August 7th, 2009, 09:14 PM
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I vote for the VDO vision series gauges, I looked at a lot of others these are hard to beat.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 10:14 PM
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I opted for the Autometer Cobalt's. The programmable fuel gauge is what sold me on it. I also think the housings and attachment system felt stronger compared to the VDO's.

The only issue I had was that I needed to make an adapter for the speedo, since the Autometer is smaller. I ended up using the bezel retaining ring from my busted stock gauge to do that.

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Old August 8th, 2009, 12:23 AM
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This is the one that has me the most inspired so far, but obviously also not a Defender (TomCat) so no vent issues etc, but I do want to have gauges and a touchscreen in the centre along with all the relays and circuit breakers etc within easy reach. I will post the sketch as soon as I manage to get it out of xfig and into something other people can view.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 12:48 AM
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Wow, that really is minimal.. I like it
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Old August 8th, 2009, 03:16 PM
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Ditto - that is sharp!
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Old August 14th, 2009, 12:26 PM
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I just laser cut and bent this up last night. I tried to make it as simple and clean as possible.

The a/c runs inside the dash and all the switches are condensed and use the same style rocker switch. There are also end caps welded on and a glove box on one side. The a/c unit in the passenger foot well is also going to be covered up with sheetmetal. The two large cut-outs in the top corners are going to be stainless pods, one housing the gauges the other is the glove box lid.

I have a 3d model on my home computer and if I have time today I'll get some actual pics of the piece here at work.

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Old December 24th, 2009, 07:59 PM
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update?

Would you mind posting some pics of the end result? I am contemplating starting a similar project on my 1994 D90.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 08:34 AM
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This is going to be my inspiration for my next project - D110 trayback
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Old December 28th, 2009, 12:22 PM
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Here are some pictures of it so far. It's not 100% done, still a few things to finish up.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 01:03 PM
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That is what a Defender dash should have looked like, very good work Matt!!!!
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Old December 28th, 2009, 02:36 PM
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im sure there is room in there for an airbag.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 02:46 PM
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Thanks, I had forgot about this thread.

The only major flaw in the design is ther is not enough room to run hose to the a/c vents. Had I not re-mounted the fuse panel up behind the dash there would have been room for the a/c hose.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 09:26 PM
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http://tawayama.com/gear/crewcab/top...ntinterior.jpg



Here is a close up of the gauge layout.

-Jeff

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And while not a rover, I like this one.

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Jeff......which steering wheel is this listed in your link???
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Old December 29th, 2009, 06:42 AM
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looks like a momo of some kind.
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Old June 28th, 2017, 10:18 AM
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is there anyway i can get the LxWxH and the thickness of material for this custom made dash and all other dimensions and what type of materials was used to make this dash. i would be thankful. i am restoring my 1985 EX_MOD 110 and it needs a dash real bad. thank you MB
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There was this one sometime back along, kind of clean look but have no info on the builder.
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