|06-11-2014 01:32 PM|
I would make it out of stainless.
If you make the design yourself, it would only cost about $200 for the material and the cutting. I have gotten a couple quotes over the phone. The real cost is in the design.
I am a recent college grad myself so I understand your woes but Plexiglas would fog up and look crappy down the road.
Sheet metal coated with good primer and paint would likely hold up a really long time too. I doubt the condensation would really attribute too much, as long as there is a way for water to drain out.
Would you be willing to share your cad files? I know how to draft, but lost my student licence when I graduated. I have a couple drafters at my company so they will help me adjust the gauges and switches so we don't have identical custom dashes. I may be able to float some cash over to help fund that stainless, too.
|05-31-2014 10:59 AM|
Still debating if I want to make the box out of plexiglass sheets, or if I want to create a flat sheet metal design and have it CNC'd out. I guess corrosion on the inside of the box (condensation) is my concern.
Any thoughts on this?
|05-27-2014 02:04 PM|
How are you going to route the AC and Heater through those vents in the dash?
It looks like the current vents under the dash are strait in front of the evaporator. Meaning, it looks like you will have to build some sort of custom box.
Also, what about the AC controls?
|05-22-2014 02:40 AM|
Looks like a good start to your dash, I always liked the looks of a CJ style flat dash more than the YJ setup. Would love to swap a complete CJ dash, heater controls and everything, then use Speed Huts new CJ series gauges in mine.
Looking forward to seeing more on this.
|04-07-2014 07:43 AM|
Here's a picture of my Double D Fab custom dash, before it was painted. This might give you some ideas.
|04-07-2014 02:28 AM|
|drphil23||cant wait to see the finishing dash!|
|04-02-2014 02:43 PM|
Sadly no.. nothing is new. College and a new apartment are draining me. Will have to hold off for a while - sorry all. Talk about an expensive project though! Whew! It wouldn't be as bad if I wasn't relying on my stereo being mounted in a $250 tuffy console, but so it goes, it is worth it. My goal is to not cut any corners on this project, to do it right the first time.
Here is the most current CAD I have.
If anyone has more ideas / things they are doing to their dash post it up here!
|03-31-2014 05:58 AM|
|03-19-2014 01:33 AM|
|dmaxthad||Now im following. The ones I was confused on were the vents.|
|03-18-2014 09:30 PM|
|03-18-2014 02:37 PM|
|03-17-2014 11:40 PM|
|03-17-2014 11:38 PM|
Since these are waterproof, that means they are at least from the front. So when I put mine in I'll seal them in so that no water can get in past the waterproof point at all.
If they still get destroyed, then I'm pretty sure Oznium has a warranty on their stuff. If worst comes to worst... It's a Jeep. Just empty every pocket
|03-17-2014 01:21 AM|
Not to rain on your really cool idea of placement for those switches...
But a poor choice for placement...a spilled beer or any moisture and they wont like where you put them. As well as just dirt and dust in general. Those aren't a sealed switch, just a push button. I know they say fully waterproof from the front, but that means mounted in vertical mounting.
I had similar switches in the front of my center console. They didn't last very long. Out of 4 2 got fried by a beer, 1 was ruined in a rain storm, and the last got dirt and dust impacted in it to the point where it didn't work anymore at all.
|03-16-2014 05:12 PM|
|dmaxthad||I cant tell which holes are for the indicators and the speakers but what are the other holes? I figured out which ones are the fuel, water, oil and voltage gauges.|
|03-16-2014 04:11 PM|
|DJs97TJs||Just thought I'd say thanks for finding those switches. Already got a plan on where to put them. Way better looking than rockers|
|03-14-2014 11:34 AM|
Here's my current CAD drawings.
Some dimensions are missing purely because I want to wait until the actual part comes in so that I can measure it prior to making the final cuts.
|03-14-2014 11:29 AM|
|dmaxthad||Definitely stick with that thickness. Especially since we aren't cutting out as many holes as the factory piece had in it.|
|03-14-2014 11:21 AM|
My F-250 Superduty vents came in! Man do they look slick. They're going to rest in a 3-5/8" hole! being roughly 4" in overall dia.
I'm going to have to get my hands on a micrometer to do some more measurements - I like to be precise. They are only $15ish for a digital one.
For my defrosters - which you cannot live without in Nebraska - I'm still planning on running them through the windshield channel. Just one of those things you don't want to screw up it's only one of the most visible areas when youre inside the Jeep..
|03-14-2014 10:36 AM|
|dmaxthad||Haven't really put too much thought into the defroster vents. Im in southeastern Arizona and this thing isnt going to have a full top on it.|
|03-14-2014 10:33 AM|
|03-14-2014 12:23 AM|
|Big-Bob||Those switches are really cool.|
|03-14-2014 12:17 AM|
That looks like a great start Thad, have you given any thought as to how to address the windshield defroster vents?
I have been patiently waiting for the Huntsman to make his move on them, but he's too into buying cool LED's and speakers and dash vents for his...lol....Oh, let's not forget the way cool push button switches too...Damn guy....My favorites tab is getting full from all the websites that he directs me to for all the cool parts.
|03-13-2014 11:59 PM|
I took my dash apart to clean it after sitting for 10 years, and things quickly escalated into a complete custom setup. I got the new dash from a buddies fabrication shop. It is 1/8" aluminum with the two breaks in it to match the factory stamped out hunk O junk. The new one is actually stronger and might even weight a bit less.
|03-09-2014 11:00 AM|
Hijack away! Haha! Just try and keep organized
I'm at a slow point right now of gathering everything. Sadly money isn't growing on trees.
|03-08-2014 10:33 PM|
|dmaxthad||I am in the process of doing a very similar build myself. Ill post up pictures too if you don't mind. I don't want to hijack your thread but its a good way for others to share information. The conversation between you and Autometer saved me some time.|
|02-27-2014 09:30 PM|
I decided that rather than more clutter on the dash that I would go ahead and get one of these:
Tuffy Stereo Security Console (6.5" Wide)
And inside that - since it has the stereo case - I would go with a:
Kenwood KMR350U Marine Cd/usb/aux.am/fm Receiver (or something similar).
I chose a water tight one because at least my Jeep loves to get drenched from time to time. So I would have not only a marine stereo, but both marine speakers as well.
F-250 Vents are ordered, should be here in a couple days!
By spring time I will have this full project in!
|02-27-2014 06:14 PM|
|DJs97TJs||So excited about this build! Those switches are amazing. So, I noticed you had speakers, but what about the radio? Maybe I missed something.|
|02-26-2014 07:51 PM|
I decided for my "rocker switches" there wouldn't be any 'rocker' at all! Rather I am going to go with these puppies from Oznium.
This is a picture of the black ones at night - I will be going with the silver/chrome model.
I will be ridding my stock headlight switch and replacing it with the white ring switch. They only illuminate color when in the on position.
Here is a rendering of the front face of the metal sheet. This is not complete as it does not account for the A/C-Heater vents. Nor does it have attachment holes.
Some things may seem to be spaced out, but for example the speakers which are the two biggest circles on each side have close to an inch bevel around them. The CAD only shows what would need to be cut out.
The switches would be located far left, the five holes below the speaker hole.
|02-26-2014 09:04 AM|
It's all my design, every aspect of it. Every measurement and part being installed! I'll post my CAD renderings tonight. I'll have a local CNC shop machine and bend it up, then I'll circularly brush it, and send it to a clear powder coat!
I prefer to not pay people to do things, especially when I can design it myself! I'm a bit of a perfectionist.
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