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Old 03-07-2006, 08:59 PM
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Jeweling Dash Panels 101

I've almost got my aluminum dash panels on my 84 finished and have learned much. After removing all the switches and guages you need to sandblast or somehow remove the annodizing on the panel. From this to...
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:03 PM
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:03 PM
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....This, you need to start with a polished piece of metal, the smoother the better. I wish I had spent more time on this step. To polish I used a buffing wheel on an electric drill and emory buffing compound around twenty bucks.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:17 PM
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I ordered a one inch engine turning tool from Eastwood auto for around twenty five bucks(they also have a 1/2" size). It's basically an abrasive cylinder which chucks into your drill press it came with good directions. You need to decide on your turning pattern I went with a 9/16" spacing which gave a good overlap. I marked a piece of plywood every 9/16" and drew lines across the entire board to line up the fence. The first board gets clamped to the drill press table. The fence was a long thin piece of plywood with marks every 9/16". The fence gets clamped to the first board and moved after every row. The dash panels are screwed to another piece of plywood and I indexed the Right edge with the ticks on the fence.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:39 PM
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I would recomend getting a comfortable stool as it took almost two hours to complete just the guage pod. Use a slow speed on your drill press (around 900 rpm) and the same down pressure and contact time, I used a ten count.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:45 PM
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Looks great, reminds me of my old Trans am dash.
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This is possibly more mind numbing then sanding and oiling Teak! What do you think, is this the first jeweled dash on a MasterCraft? Now if I can find a source for a big fire bird decal for the bow....
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WOW ! That Looks Awesome !
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:49 PM
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This is possibly more mind numbing then sanding and oiling Teak! What do you think, is this the first jeweled dash on a MasterCraft? Now if I can find a source for a big fire bird decal for the bow....
Now that would be sweeeeeet!
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:52 PM
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Looks great, reminds me of my old Trans am dash.
That's what I was thinking. (I had a 76 Trans Am)

I think it will look good
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