Long time no see.
Inspired by tim510 (a user on a forum I visit), a gauge panel! This is to replace the silly tape deck.
It all started with a sheet of aluminium - jigsawed to size. It helps if you take the section of the dashboard out so it’s a little easier to cut to size. You need to take out the whole centre console to do this though, however will take less than 5-10 mins to do so, and you can return it back in the meantime.
I used a manila folder to use as a template to cut the panel out with, just made things a tad easier and more accurate.
With a bit of a dummy fit, it all looked like it was going to fit fairly swell.
Then, holes were drilled into the edges. 3 holes on each side for self tappers are quite adequate.
Then, with a 53mm hole saw, cut the holes into the panel. They’re a bit loose, and you gotta file the edges out once you’re finished. But it’s alright.
I bought some 3M Carbon Fibre Film off eBay for $10.50, it’s the size of an A4 sheet (it’s expensive stuff).
I tried 2 methods of cutting out the holes through the film, the one on the left seemed the best.
The final product looks pretty swell with the screws painted black also. If I had another go at this i’d do a better job, it was a little bit slapped together. Oh well, it looks cool.
Both gauges are illuminated, the vacuum one isn’t designed to be illuminated, but the (once again, LED) light shines through a bit. The fuel gauge isn’t wired up yet, and possibly won’t be, I like the peace of mind of the original gauge being accurate.