Dash Replacement
March 19, 2017

 

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Wooden dash panels are part of the charm of old English cars.  I didn't like the faded look of mine
any longer so I began hunting for a replacement that would be in the shade of wood that I wanted.

The object was to get a plywood backed, veneer faced dash, very much like the original to prevent
cracking in the future that can occur with solid wood dash panels.  I first purchased a beautiful high
gloss panel, but ended up using a satin finish product in keeping with the original look from Triumph.

So, this is how Erik went from old to new and I did the gauges in between the dash swap.

Original but color of wood unknown                             New Carl Visser eBay Rosewood Dash

 
 

**** Viewers are warned that if they attempt any mechanical repairs or modifications,
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This is the original dash that is nice, but starting to show it's age after 34 years in the sun.

 

The top dash pad was replaced while the windshield was out at the body shop.   The lower
pads are in definite need of replacement from UV rays and cracking, even though we were took care of them.

But before I get to the replacement, the behind the scenes, or "behind the dash" story.

This is the back of the dash as it was packaged.  Of course it came with a protective box
covering the entire panel and packed so that it would take a real idiot to screw it up.

Excellent quality and a great finish.  The final finish is a UV resistant satin polyurethane.

Every hole was drilled, including those for  the glove box door hinges and rheostat on the back.

All of the holes are properly countersunk and the gauges fit back in perfectly as he said they would.

A very nice piece of wood patiently awaiting it's new home.

This is what it looks like with no dash or gauges.  Not a pretty site, indeed.

A spaghetti mess of wiring and that old glove box shell will be going as well..

That glove box is going to be replaced with a new plastic unit from TRF.

These four (three shown) gauges and switch all mount in from behind. 

The speedometer and tachometer mount after the dash is in and up against the steel frame.

I wish I could have had a 205/60/16 tyre plate made, but this will lend nostalgia.

Starting to show progress now.

The fit and finish is outstanding.

And here is the end result.

I'm very happy with the product and the new pads that I bought five years ago.

Now I have to do something with that Air/Fuel Ration Meter mounting to make it visible.


 

 

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