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chawk610
05-06-2011, 08:47 AM
I did this last summer, but thought I would post a pic... I replaced the dash panels with wood... the wood work was a breeze. Mounting and re-installing all the gauges and switches almost killed me!!! I have since relocated the power amp...

chawk610
05-09-2011, 03:09 PM
uh ohhh... does it look bad... or did I break some Mastercraft code?? :)

TX.X-30 fan
05-09-2011, 03:22 PM
Looks great, when I replaced mine 04x30 found out it was cheap plastic.

chawk610
05-09-2011, 06:48 PM
Yea... mine was too. I kept it of course... in case the next owner wants all original, you know.

old blue
05-30-2011, 02:45 PM
That looks fantastic. I'm starting a refurbish of an 83 S&S and my boat has the same dash. Can you tell how you did this. The upper dash seems difficult to deal with. Does it come off? Any hints would be helpful.

Again great work.

Kent

chawk610
05-31-2011, 08:36 AM
Yea... it was a whoopin! I removed 1 gauge at a time... disconnect, reconnect...rinse and repeat. I miplaced (1) ground during this process and the boat would not run! So be aware of every wire! Also... don't be shy with the stain and varnish!

chawk610
05-31-2011, 08:38 AM
The upper comes off via the 3 screws around the trim ring. There are (2) pins that go through holes across the bottom. Remove the screws and the dash should open towards you like a glove box. Let me know if you need anymore help!!!!

old blue
05-31-2011, 10:57 AM
The wiring is what I am concerned about. Love the boat.

chawk610
05-31-2011, 12:59 PM
Thanks! Yea... I hear ya! Just take your time... Also, I took many pics of the back of the gauges before I did anything...

ski_king
05-31-2011, 01:05 PM
Looks good!

Much bettter that the plastic wood that was on there.

Here is a picture of mine I did a few years ago.
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/attachment.php?attachmentid=8353&stc=1&d=1143547009

chawk610
05-31-2011, 01:58 PM
Looks good man! Glad to see I'm not the only one that can't stand the OLD plastic! I wanted to use aluminum diamond plate... but the wife wouldn't go for it! lol