I can't say I know why a dash is called a dash bu, I have always been told
that the dash was in three pieces to help prevent it from cracking abnd
breaking with the stresses of the car. my .02 worth.
At 10:02 AM 8/27/98 +0100, Pat Catchpole wrote:
> Subject: single piece dash feasible vs. 3 sections?
> Author: firstname.lastname@example.org at INTERNET-PO
> Date: 26/08/98 19:08
> I want to make a replacement dash, and wonder if anyone has tried to
> use a single piece of wood, rather than the 3 sections my '72 has now.
> Seems like it would be just as easy to fit, but I thought I'd ask. I
> guess I could make it, and at worse, have to cut it into sections.
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>Just last month my father-in-law finished my single piece dash, fashioned
>the side of on old mahogony veneer wardrobe. I admit that I have not
>to the car yet, but it matches up to the metal spot on.
>I reckon there are several reasons why the factory used 3 bits:
> - commonality, the centre portion will be the same for LH and RHD cars
> - more importantly ease of fitting. I'm anticipating a more difficult job
>actually getting it into place. With the 3 sections, the centre one
>quite conveniently on the wires to the fuel and temp gauges, while the other
>sections stay in place. I think there will be a fair amount of upside-down,
>head in the footwell contortions trying to connect the speedo and choke
>etc. When the centre panel is lowered it provides a good hand access
>fiddling around with the speedo cable.
>One point to remember, originally the dials are recessed into the dash so
>the bezels are flush with the wood. This required a second piece of
>be glued to to the back of the front piece with holes cut slightly smaller
>stop the dials falling out. This also means that if the front holes are
>slightly off-size, or out of round the gaps to the bezels will stick out
>The reason I wanted a new dash was was so that I could place the dials and
>switches where I wanted them (mainly for the old centre area whre I have
>included a hole for a clock). I also included holes for the eyeball air
>found in the GT6. Finally I chose to use hidden fixings. Where the old
>section has 4 screws holding it in place, there is now 4 threaded studs on
>All-in-all the old man (he's 78 so I'm allowed to call him that) has done a
>superb job - but then it was quite easy for him as he has already made
>all the furniture in the house! It keeps him busy - I'm just sorry that he
>never mastered the art of welding.
>Finally, as there are several people asking trivia questions on the list at
>present here's mine:- "Why is the dash board called a dash board?"
>Spit 2000 in the making