Terrible news, Tim. I'm sure your next builds will be just as spectacular. Who knows, maybe after the dust settles, you might get motivated to accept a new challenge, that being repairing the chassis. I'm sure you have the skills to do it. Whatever you do, I'll be watching. -Art
I glued the taillight bulbs in and covered them with foil tape to keep the light from bleeding through the bottom. Then I sealed up the chassis, but not before I had to replace the toggle switch. The one I had stopped coming on for some reason, so I got a slight upgrade at Radio Shack.
I also replaced the molded-in bolts on the front fenders with some Pro Tech photo-etched nuts. These things are great! I shaved them off and drilled holes so I could locate the nuts after painting in the original spots.
Thanks for the comment, Brad! Glad you found me! Thanks, Chris. I didn't draw them, but I did pull the images from the internet and printed them out on white inkjet decal paper on my inkjet. As I left the backing on when I used the faces, I think I might have mentioned earlier, the photo paper I tried first was a little thicker and not as easy to work with, Thanks, Bill! Appreciate the comment.
I meant to show some of the behind the scenes pics of the dash build, but jumped right to the completed dash. Anyway, here is the process:
Aluminum tube for the gauge bezels and inkjet decal printouts of the faces. Even though it is printed on decal paper, I didn't remove them from the backing. I tried photo paper first, but it was thicker and a little mroe difficult to work with.
Polished the tubes.
I made some punches out of brass tube that is the same size as the bezels to punch out the gauge faces.
John, JC, Mike, Ray, and Chris- Thanks for your comments! I really appreciate you looking in.
Chris, I tried it, but it wasn't working in this case. Because it's water soluble, it was causing the ink on the gauge faces to bleed. I even coated them with Krylon acrylic clear like I usually do with inkjet decals, but it didn't stop it, so I used epoxy instead and it worked great.