1972 Firebird - Dash Rebuild
The original dash and gauges are pretty much like the rest of the car, funky bird dude, but we will take care of that.
Close up shows many years of sun, water and abuse making her more then just ugly.
The grab handle has seen better days but when were done installing a 500 horse pontiwackin power-plant she'll be back in use.
Most cars especially from the south have cracked dash boards and this Bird was no exception, As seen we scraped all the lose materials away from a 2 inch section off the flange that meets against the body. The entire lip is wavy and does not make even contact with the metal section of the dash just behind the defroster vents.
On the back side we removed all the unwanted materials down to the raw plastic.
The plastic and fiberboard backed dash also has metal supports and are in need of tweaking before any cosmetic repair materials are added.
We have it fitting the car nice so we applied the special materials to adhere to plastic and fiber board "Our Secret Mix"
We then fit all the components from gauges to covers including the glove box lid.
Even the ash tray needs gapped to make the dash look good with consistent gaps.
Notes are made of what we want.
The ash tray hits when shoved in so tweaking is needed.
The gauge pack was a standard unit and two gauges are going to be added so we made a template and are ready to drill very carefully.
Laid out and marked she is ready.
Using a battery drill with less torque we will drill out using the proper hole saw.
Next to the factory air vents the new gauges fit right in.