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Old 06-22-2019, 04:06 PM   #1
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I going to attempt to repair my 1957 Chevrolet dash which seems to have been hacked apart for an a/c unit. I have a donor dash section which I have separated from from the top. My thoughts are to cut and weld where the steering column mounts using the center hole as a guide so it hides the weld. And on the passenger using the hole here as a guide to cut and weld. Any thoughts/suggestions? I am not a body man so I may be going about this completely wrong. The way it was cut out does not allow me to use the whole dash. I do have another extra dash in similar condition so I get one screw up.
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Old 06-22-2019, 05:06 PM   #2
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Why not use the whole right side instead of splicing twice? Or if your going to have A/C, splice it where the vent hole will be. I moved my glove box over and deleated the ash tray, using a part of a donor dash.
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Great idea about a/c vent. The passenger side end (by the jam) on the donor dash is cut up pretty well. I would have to revisit but I believe where the dash starts to curl in it is spot welded to the top of the dash where I don't think I can get to. I will have to look under the dash to see if I can get there. Great idea about getting rid of the ash tray that looks so much cleaner.
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I'm not sure you'd need to cut a large part of the dash clean out. What you have looks repairable to me.

Read the first post in my really old thread and look at the pics. Mine wasn't quite as bad as yours is, but the basics are the same. https://www.trifive.com/forums/showt...hlight=paladin



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Amazing work. The reason I was going to use that big of a section is the support for the glove box latch has been cut away also, the ashtray tab is broken off and the divider between ashtray and heater controls is all bent out of shape. I am not a great welder or fabricator just wanted to keep all that intact. Lesson learned check behind Bel-Air trim before buying. I thought it was just missing the glove box and ash tray.
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I would use the whole donor piece. lots less bodywork afterwards that way.
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I would use the whole donor piece. lots less bodywork afterwards that way.
Same as what I was thinking. Why cut up a good donor just to repair a cut up original? Just remove the whole dash and put the donor in.
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I would also replace the whole dash for ease and less work. You can then sell the cut up one to someone that wants to customize / swap the dash in a different car or truck. I modified a '58 Chev pickup dash and installed it into my '52 pickup.
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