Dashboard Sheet Metal

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8 months 3 weeks ago #21540 by PSmith
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Hello,

After joining this site 8 years ago with the intentions of building an 11 car, I finally picked up a bug to get started on. Better late than never, right? :laugh:

The dashboard sheet metal on the body I have was cut up by the previous owner to install a stereo system and gauges... I plan to cover the dash area back up with a sheet aluminum, but was curious to know if I am going to get protested if I cut the remaining steel dash section behind the aluminum panel out to clean up the swiss cheese that the previous owner cut it up into.

Thanks in advance for any input on this.

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8 months 3 weeks ago #21543 by DirtDgr
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Its possible that you could get protested. Who knows. If I was you I would change it back as its pretty easy before all the electrical is done.

I am in the same boat. I bought my car ready to race. Dash is cut. But its a huge undertaking to change it back. So I take my chances. There is no advantage to cutting it. I think it actually makes the body weaker as I have had issues in the dash area with cracks. So if I could change it back I would. But it would be very difficult.

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8 months 2 weeks ago #21547 by L5wolvesf
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Whee are the cracks in your dash showing up?

DirtDgr wrote: Its possible that you could get protested. Who knows. If I was you I would change it back as its pretty easy before all the electrical is done.

I am in the same boat. I bought my car ready to race. Dash is cut. But its a huge undertaking to change it back. So I take my chances. There is no advantage to cutting it. I think it actually makes the body weaker as I have had issues in the dash area with cracks. So if I could change it back I would. But it would be very difficult.


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8 months 1 week ago - 8 months 1 week ago #21548 by DirtDgr
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8 months 1 week ago #21549 by DirtDgr
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Might not be the only reason. But I would think a complete uncut dash area offers a bit of sheer strength with the beating and rattling these cars take.

I welded this crack and the other side as well and its held up since.

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