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#1 nollyd

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 04:46 PM

hi all,been doing my own head in trying to think of a different way to do my dash,want something unique but good looking,thought of everything,latest idea is to use the expanding foam that packing companies use to secure things in boxes,seems solid enough,might try and fill a box the size of the dash i want to design,then i can carve away until i get the dash i want,am i being hopeful or is it worth a try.neva know other people might carve away,think of the different designs we would see,good or bad idea.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 05:09 PM

hi all,been doing my own head in trying to think of a different way to do my dash,want something unique but good looking,thought of everything,latest idea is to use the expanding foam that packing companies use to secure things in boxes,seems solid enough,might try and fill a box the size of the dash i want to design,then i can carve away until i get the dash i want,am i being hopeful or is it worth a try.neva know other people might carve away,think of the different designs we would see,good or bad idea.

That's a good idea and when it's finished you could overlay it with fibreglass matting and make a fibreglass dash.

#3 nollyd

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 05:12 PM

yeah thats what i thought or just go at it with vinyl or leather or anything really,you heard it here first,watch this space,thanx for reply,oh and any ideas you have dash wise please let me know,cheers.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 05:55 PM

I started working up a dash using a BINI dash....havent had time to fart recently, let alone finish it..... it showed a lot of promise, and was very unique... even a bit cheeky :closed:

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:02 PM

hi,looks great so far,whats the fit like or have you had to chop it.what other ideas did you have before this one,

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:06 PM

its been chopped in width, height and length... but was surprisingly simple to do.... the thickness of 2" masking tape taken out and it fits almost perfectly.... I've tried a lot of things prior to this, but wanted something a bit different, that would get people talking, and created enough space to mount a decent speaker system, and very special guage set.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:11 PM

thats exactly what i want to do.something new,instead of the old flat dash,not knocking any of them of course,they all look great.but just need that bit of an idea and away we go.keep the pics coming to show progress.ok,cheers

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:37 PM

what have you got in mind for the gauges? or do we have to wait for the grand unveiling?

That bini dash looks very good, nice work.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:41 PM

was that question to me or roofless,does look good tho,

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:46 PM

Your MINI dash in a classic Mini looks really good :closed: ...........adding the MINI Chromeline interior kit option would also look good:

Fitting Chromeline MINI dash trims:
http://www.jwardell....ini/chrome.html
Chrome Parts:
http://www.newminist...a...show&id=114

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:53 PM

ok,roffless' dash looks really good,has anyone got any comments on the first question in this topic or have i got to give in to roofless.hahahaha

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:53 PM

what have you got in mind for the gauges? or do we have to wait for the grand unveiling?

That bini dash looks very good, nice work.


using 3 ipods connected via bluetooth to the engine management system :P
chromeline interior would be nice.... I have a JCW carbon insert set once its all finished..... one day :closed:

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:55 PM

ok,roffless' dash looks really good,has anyone got any comments on the first question in this topic or have i got to give in to roofless.hahahaha



start with some sketches.... work out what your dash needs to feature, and where you'd like those features to appear... it starts to come to life, and you can then work out the best way to build it... :closed:

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:55 PM

http://www.absmotors...rhd-or-lhd.html

abs do some quality dashes, that one for example is pretty sexy

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:59 PM

How about a Curley Carbonfibre Mini dashboard as used in many race Mini's:
http://www.curleyuk....i interior.html




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