Found a good use for the ashtray

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Didn't want to make a new gauge cluster, but wanted newer water temp/oil press gauges. They are angles over and up for ease of visibility.
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honk said:
What's the welding for? I think it looks weird.
The gauges are mounted in short sections of tubing, angled through 3/16 steel plate. Seemed like the best way to attach it, didn't figure wedging 'em in on an hope and a prayer would hold well enough.
 
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Aalien said:
The gauges are mounted in short sections of tubing, angled through 3/16 steel plate. Seemed like the best way to attach it, didn't figure wedging 'em in on an hope and a prayer would hold well enough.
Ah. The angle didn't show for me - like guages in an Alfa-Romeo dash, eh? Good idea but now start dremelling the weld down smooth so I'll approve.

You ARE seeking my aproval, AREN'T you?? ;)
 
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Give us a pic of them mounted in the dash, that is a cool idea. I have played with the idea of installing my mini cb in the dash at that spot too.

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sick, my ashtray holds nuts and bolts with a magnet to make sure i dont lose any of them but great job are you try to keep it oem? besides the tray of course. nice welds
 
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What's the plate made out of? Thickness? How'd you fab it and round the edges? I had a similar idea but was going to use the radio hole on my '78, but haven't figured out how to fab the plate yet. All I have is the normal garage mechanic's tools.
 
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I mounted my Hella light switches on the inside rear panel of my ash tray. At night, I got tired of seing that annoying bright green glow from the switches that come with their kits. It also helped clean up the dash. That is a tough looking angled gauge mount through. Good idea!
 
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RedGreen said:
What's the plate made out of? Thickness? How'd you fab it and round the edges? I had a similar idea but was going to use the radio hole on my '78, but haven't figured out how to fab the plate yet. All I have is the normal garage mechanic's tools.
RedGreen,

All you need is a grinder and a couple different wheels. Cutoff wheel to get the rough shape and sanding/flap wheels to shape the edges. Hole saw makes the gage holes and you can figure out the rest!

HTH,
Nick Jennings
 
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Hacksaw and grinder, then clean the edges with file. I used 3/16 plate so I had room to get a rounded edge, and used the ashtray door for my template. FYI, I cheated and used my plasma cutter.
 
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That is a really unmolested dash, how is the rest of your cruiser? It doesnt even have a radio cut out... that is cool.

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looks sweet Aalien
 
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