View Full Version : new dash?

08-12-2007, 05:15 PM
what do you think? its very nice looking and would suite a nova!

http://images.motortrend.com/features/auto_news/2007/112_0710_09z+2007_tokyo_motor_show+subaru_g4e_inte rior.jpg

by the way this is a Subaru WRX STI


08-12-2007, 05:29 PM

The styling is OK if you like that 'spaceship look' but I would think the bright shiny sufaces (and gold :nonono: ) would reflect badly in the Nova screen :cool1: and you're likely to end up in a tree.


08-12-2007, 05:50 PM
Don't think you'd be able to see much of the dash display anyway from the laid back Nova seating position - strangely it looks like the speedometer is overlaid on the picture from a forward view camera, is this designed for the sort of very short driver who can't see over the steering wheel? :tongue:

08-12-2007, 07:26 PM
Normally I like spaceship interiors, but this one looks like something Emperor Ming would use to go to the shops :rofl:

I take it this is some sort of custom effort, it can't be a serious production concept, can it????

Highly stylised displays tend to date quickly, like the ones that GM did in 80's Vauxhalls. I like the centre binnacle idea, that works well on Renault Scenics, but on any Nova with a water-heater, there's not much room to do that and the demister plumbing...

The prototype Lamborghini Urraco had a centre binnacle, albeit with conventional instruments. Looked very futuristic...

I seem to remember the old Honda prelude (with the Dairylea triangle rear lights) had a rather nifty dash layout.


09-12-2007, 01:46 AM
i only posted it as the shape is rather nova esque i have no intentions of fitting it in my car as my dash is done and looking good

09-12-2007, 02:29 PM
I tried a red dash and even in leathercloth it washed out the screen, so back to black, sometimes things work and others times they look crap.

This is mine as of two months ago, must take new photos, wot ya rekon?[

11-12-2007, 10:16 AM
Looking very professional - and not a million miles from the Scooby concept in terms of colour choice, although I prefer the silver trim to the Scooby gold bling thing!

Red interior with chrome trim has got a real 50's retro Yank vibe for me, I guess because it was the colour scheme of choice for countless concepts like the Pontiac Centurion and Ford...hmm, I've forgotten its name - the one with the steering wheel on a cantilever which hinged out of the way when you got in. Also because a friend of mine had a 1966 Dodge Charger (the early shape, not the Dukes of Hazzard model), which had exactly the same interior treatment. Plus the super-futuristic electroluminescent dashboard, the high voltage circuit of which gave me a spot of bother (200V AC was enough to give me a belt - is there an emoticon for "hair stands on end" lol).


04-01-2008, 11:20 AM
Hi Peter ,
I really like your Red trimmed console , I am beginning a complete re-trim and that would suit me perfect . Did you make it or can you buy that style somewhere?
My car is red , I'm going for a complete Tan leather Trim , the red console would complement it , my steering wheel and handbrake will be red also.
Any help or advice much appreciated


07-08-2008, 06:31 PM
I've been playing with ideas for a new dash. These aren't scale by any means, but just ideas. A few explanations might be in order though. The Large black section is the steering column, the 2 gauges side to side on the column are speed and tach, the center one above... maybe oil temp? The others are volt, amps, fuel and maybe oil pressure. The big square, reverse cam. The rectangular hole, stereo. The buttons.. misc buttons that are needed, lights, wipers, canopy switch, etc....


I also have a few of these for the canopy arms with measurements.

08-08-2008, 03:37 AM
Looks good Nic, would really like to see measurements on these two when you get them to scale. I think with the Sterling interior so.. umm "cozy" the slanted gauges wouldn't be necessary.

Big Birds Car
08-08-2008, 07:59 AM
The dash I've built has all the gauges slanted towards the driver and makes life a bit easier to view. No gauges in the forward eye line of the driver.

09-08-2008, 08:50 PM
I agree with BBC.

Had a debate this week with the wife about the position of a 3 gauge pod on the dash. I over ruled her opinion that it should be square to the windscreen & angled them towards the driver, after all that's whom they are intended for.


09-08-2008, 09:34 PM
That is a problem I have with my new widescreen camera, it gives a better pic that my last one and I can see more, but angled towards me is on the drawing board somewhere.

19-08-2008, 05:40 PM
I like the idea of the gauges angled at the driver, makes it just a bit easier to see and gives the dash some depth, so it doesn't look so.... flat. It'll be harder to fabricate, but hopefully worth it.

19-08-2008, 07:10 PM
I agree angled towards the masteris always best.





your car you decide


19-08-2008, 09:19 PM
AND... if you have the speedo angled towards you, its harder for the wife to peek over and comment on your excessive speed... :drive:

20-08-2008, 07:18 AM
I'm just lovin' that minimalist dashboard BB! Should feel very spacious when you get on the road (not long now eh?)

I think you should sink the ancilliary guages into the dashtop though. I'm sure you could mould something nice to do that. That way you can keep the guages in a line parallel to the front face of the dash, but angle the face of each dial in towards the driver. Make them a bit more sculpted too - those ABS guage pods look a bit tacky, even with fake carbon look :D

With a bit of luck the position of the guages should keep the windscreen reflections to a minimum (my demister vents are in a similar position and their reflection is just above my eyeline).

Its going to look uber cool when its done :cool1:


20-08-2008, 07:53 AM

BB - I like the idea of storing the spare in the sidepod as shown, but isn't that going to make the car a bit wide? :tongue:


20-08-2008, 07:47 PM

It has taken me up to the mid life crissis to get it this far, dont go suggesting further mods or I'll have a bus pass & no use for the car by the time I finish them :bleh:

Needs are as needs be at the moment. When funds permit I will buy the next version of the digital dash that has a volt meter & temp gauge built in, so I will then make an LED bar graph for the oil pressure, and then I can fen shui the dash again.

Mick, Mick, Mick, had to put it there as the wheel well is full of petrol tank!!


26-09-2008, 08:11 PM
Sorry been a bit lax in replying to a number of forums, would you believe I am actuly doing some work on the SS :groupwave:
Feeding in a seperate cable from the alternator to the battery to avoid interfierence with the stereo and speedo when I hooked it up to the starter as normal.
Her in doors has a new job :clapping: which means I can stay in my work gear, skip dinner and TV and get into the garage, like I haven't been in one all day anyway :annoyed: but it does make it easy when you can do what you like, when you want to.
Dash and consul is scratch built from MDF and tin sheet, the alloy facing is from our version of B&Q and the red vynal you can get anywhere, upholtory shops are a LOT cheaper than woolies and other motor trimmers.
Like the pods, had something like it in a mini yonks ago and I remember Paddy Hopkirk and Ripspeed did angled bezels so you could tip the gauges towards the driver.
The scooby dash is a bit too Flash Gordon but if only 20% of the concept finds its way into a car then it will be above avarage.
Anyway, must crack on, carry on and keep up the good work.