Dash Work...

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Dash Work...

Postby SunDown » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:18 pm

I have been absent from the forum for a few but I have been busy working on the pup. Among the many changes to it, recently I had a hair brained idea of having it gratified. Looked cool from about 10ft but otherwise the artist ran the paint something fierce. So it all had to come off. That's where the body stands.

On a bigger issue, when I bought the truck 8 some years ago the dash was severely cracked in many places and chunks were missing as well. I always wanted to fabricate a sheet metal dash for the Isuzu but hadn't jumped right in to get it done. So that's what I have been spending some time on. I wanted to share pics with you all. The dash is not done yet. Its in its raw state right now so I need to body work it. In addition, I have Autometer classic white gauges for it, that's the next wiring piece of the puzzle I need to work through.

In addition to the dash project, I took the opportunity to fix and customize things a little further. Some may remember me complaining about my combination switch causing me to loose low-beams at night many times while driving. I bought a new light switch from Speedway that puts the low-beams and brights on a single switch. I wired it up this past weekend and got all the lights up off the combo switch. Works great.

I also took the opportunity to change the ignition. The factory ignition on the 84 pup is located to the right side of the column via a diecast piece. I cut the diecasting off the column, took the harness off the factory ignition switch and mated it to a new 2001 Harley Davidson round key ignition switch with a semi-hidden push button starter. So now I have a round key, kinda different, to fire this Isuzu up. Works great.

Here's the truck from Jan of this year, its all sanded down now though:
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Here is a few shots of the dash from today:
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This image the steering column is unbolted to its sagging and hanging to the right so it looks like the gauge holes aren't lined up right but I assure you they will be when the column is bolted back up.
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Re: Dash Work...

Postby pup daddy » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:19 am

Nice work!
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Re: Dash Work...

Postby mckay105 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:14 pm

Ijsut smoothed and painted my dash. It was a lot of work but it looks fiberglassed. I love it! Good work. Are you body dropped?
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Re: Dash Work...

Postby Awesomedude » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:35 pm

Post some pics! That's one cool dash. I love custom hot rod stuff like that, gives it character!
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