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    Today we had a back up and punt moment. The nice chrome bezel on the gauges is far too large to fit in those corners of the instrument panel bezel from the outside. So we'll have to keep it on the backside, but that doesn't help us cover up the cut edge of the hole in the ribbed stainless..














    ......so let's make some stainless "eyelets" to both hold the ribbed stainless securely to the billet panel, as well as give us a finished edge around the cut hole.. First a punch and die will be needed to press one side of our eyelet.














    and we added a 1/2 x 1/2 tang to hold the punch in the press brake...
























    Back to the south bend to cut out our flange lip.. The punch was snug after the press operation, so it was used as a holding fixture for the trimming operation.














    A holesaw in the drill press started the holes for the gauges and then we used our Jigsaw with cruise control to fine tune the openings.









    A sheet of phenolic gives us a non-marring surface to pound on, the Snap-on linear stretch hammer swages the flange over and a 1/2" diameter round makes a good punch to flatten out the rest.



















    Finished "eyelets"














    Still have to install the indicator lights, but since I need to pack up for the local car show tomorrow in Leonardtown, we'll finish that up this coming week.






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    Really cool progress and fab work!!

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    Robert, your use of and manufacture of the 'eyelets' is fantastic!

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    Puts a whole new spin on build a car.

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    Awesome work Robert and it looks very nice that way. Also nice see I'm not the only one who has clamped their jig saw in a bench vice!! Tricky part is getting it clamped tight enough to stay in place with damaging the jig saw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MP&C View Post
    That was the wire being removed from the battery post.
    Ha! I missed that!

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    We did a test fit of the instrument panel in the car to see what it looked like with the green backdrop...









    This stainless will be the same material used in the dash insert "band" that goes from side to side, as well as the insert for the console. Should add some pizazz to the interior... Here's the view with our Alpinetech indicator lights added....









    Our OEM retainers for the bottom of the curved side glass had one piece with a bracket broken off. These brackets serve as a place to screw/attach the garnish moldings.














    The broken piece was removed and the spot welds ground smooth...









    A new piece was cut out of some 19 ga steel and the Diacro press brake made short work of repeating 45* bends.









    The new part was media blasted, TIG welder used to plug weld things back together, more media blasting and some epoxy mixed up and brushed on using an acid brush.
























    On to our glass installation, we had picked up some 3M strip-calk to seal the rubber to the glass.














    We found that the full width strip provided a bit too much and some oozage ensued... First is always the messy one, right?



















    So we laid the following ones on the glass and cut down the middle for a more narrow strip.. More better....









    So then a person gets cocky and needs a reality check on the driver's side....









    Eh, good a stopping point as any..
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