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looks good man

i couldnt do it tho with loosing those vents..but very nice idea..have fun sanding when it comes time (:
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^^ yea no kidding.......i will use sanding bits for my Dremel to get it close!

since i dont drive it much anyways the vents aint not big deal...
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I would think another way to do this is buy a sheet of Lexan or plastic use a heat gun and a coffeee can to put a curve the shape of the dash in it. Then cut to fit the rectangle and glue in place with a plastic epoxy adhesive. Then you could use a holesaw to cut the holes to the size you need. You could use a Dremel or Zipall to cut slots for the air to move out if you wanted.
You may need to do some modding to make the gages tilt so you don't have gaps on 1 side.
Just thinking out loud.

I want to see it when it's done. Good luck.
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that isn't a bad idea....^^^^ why didn't you say something before i started just kidding......
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i want it to look kinda like the center air vents on the Mini Cooper....they stick out and are round like the PVC.....then the dash behind it is rounded.....
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ive thought about this too... i dont ever use the upper vents..always feet or defroster. plus i have a CB in place of my vents now
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i can't wait for it to be done....i am pumped....
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humm i might have to try this out ..are those pvc's already the same size as the guages?...keep us up on some updates =D
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yea 2" PVC is the correct size......the gauge pods that you buy are 2".......the inner diameter of 2" PVC is 2"....
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yea 2" PVC is the correct size......the gauge pods that you buy are 2".......the inner diameter of 2" PVC is 2"....

You are Sooooooooooooo totally wrong.

AutoMeter and other companies all make their gauges in an ISO standard size, which is either 2-1/16 or 2-5/8.
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really......hmmmmm.....I DON'T THINK SO.....

all gauge pods are 2" pods.....the gauges are 2 1/16" gauges, that extra 1/16" is there to hold the gauges in...
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Done yet?
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i wish.....
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updates?
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haven't got to work on it the last 2 nights and i am not going to be able to tonight either.......last night i did the switch install and tonight i have to work on the gf's lights on her car...
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I was thinking of mounting instruments above the vents, building a bracket and attaching it inside of the bezel. I would probably have to cut out a bit of the dash or the bezel itself, but I wanted to install a clinometer and altimeter, so really the only wiring would be for illumination.
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that would be cool.....^^.......i am glad that i didn't get mechanical gauges....running all that tubing would be a beeotch...
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I want to add something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MITSU...spagenameZWDVW
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sweet,,,,
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thats pretty tight..but you know what might look even better...and I'm just now making this up...

first take out the dash

in the center of the dash cut out 3 "half cylinders" on the top outer edge of the dash

glue the three pvc peices in

then do the bondo or fiberglass to smooth everything out

to get a beter picture of what im saying...think of the 3 pods in the middle of the nissan 350z dash

that would be awesome!
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that would be sweet.....of course it would be A LOT more work...
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thats pretty tight..but you know what might look even better...and I'm just now making this up...

first take out the dash

in the center of the dash cut out 3 "half cylinders" on the top outer edge of the dash

glue the three pvc peices in

then do the bondo or fiberglass to smooth everything out

to get a beter picture of what im saying...think of the 3 pods in the middle of the nissan 350z dash

that would be awesome!
Amen, that would look badassed. Whenever I get my truck back and a chance to go to a JY, I'm going to look around at dashes in other cars for ideas...I'm tempted to see if it is possible to mount instruments on the headliner as opposed to the A pillar. I want something more centralized for my vision.
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that would be sweet.....of course it would be A LOT more work...
haha, i know...maybe some day when i get really really bored...
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i got a little more done on it on Sunday........i got some pictures at home so i will upload them when i get there...
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here is my update pictures....not much but i had the flu all weekend so i couldn't go outside and start on the molding....
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