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islandman
02-03-2017, 11:39 PM
I thought I would share the link of a very smart looking dash that Brett from the Sterling site has come up with, its not finished yet but its also not very far off now either. The most important thing is that it fits!


http://www.sterlingkitcars.com/members_n_forums/builders-journals-see-our-projects/353-sterling-s009-186.html#post19962

BlueNova
03-03-2017, 07:07 AM
Looks great David, and very much like a Ford Fiesta dash. If it is, do you know if it's more or less a straight fit?
Alistair

islandman
03-03-2017, 02:04 PM
Looks great David, and very much like a Ford Fiesta dash. If it is, do you know if it's more or less a straight fit?
Alistair


Lol...well spotted you know your dashes!

Well its not exactly a straightforward fit, a few pointers as I understand it :

1) Its wider than the Nova, so the ends of the dash need trimming to fit and then if you don't plan to make a mold and just cover it you will need to make ends and blend in prior to covering.

2) It's deeper than the Nova dash so you need to cut some off and make a front section to bond to the Ford dash.

3) the bottom section around the tunnel (cream part) will need reworking and probably making a mold and final part out of.

4) To get the stereo, HVAC controls, gauges and other switchgear to work you will need the ford body computer from the car and all the wiring etc..

So in summary its no small feat to achieve a fitting work dash, but is does look the dogs B*&^ks :cool1::notworthy:

Also if you want some real inspiration and to get a feel for Brett's fibreglass skills grab a glass of wine and work your way through his car build on their site. It's what inspired me to have a go at making molds etc..

BlueNova
03-03-2017, 06:13 PM
So in summary its no small feat to achieve a fitting
Also if you want some real inspiration and to get a feel for Brett's fibreglass skills grab a glass of wine and work your way through his car build on their site. It's what inspired me to have a go at making molds etc..

Och, and there's me trying to give up the wine! Thanks David, sounds like a good way to spend this evening! Cheers, Alistair

Monkeyboy
05-03-2017, 06:24 PM
I see where you got your ideas from Dave.....

One problem I see is that the steering wheel is on the wrong side :rofl:



Colin

islandman
05-03-2017, 11:41 PM
yes we all need a bit of inspiration to get us moving :clapping:, Brett is a nice guy, very helpful and supportive

islandman
25-03-2017, 12:00 AM
Some updated dash shots, this really does suit the Nova shape

http://www.sterlingkitcars.com/members_n_forums/attachments/builders-journals-see-our-projects/8429d1490358716-sterling-s009-p3230003.jpg



http://www.sterlingkitcars.com/members_n_forums/attachments/builders-journals-see-our-projects/8430d1490358716-sterling-s009-p3230004.jpg

http://www.sterlingkitcars.com/members_n_forums/builders-journals-see-our-projects/353-sterling-s009-187.html#post20116

Supanovakit
25-03-2017, 09:16 AM
I think it needs a smaller steering wheel though, what's the dash? Fiesta?


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islandman
25-03-2017, 11:48 AM
well spotted, yes.

In the scheme of things the steering wheel is an easy fix, bolt-on. The hard work and imagination is getting the dash to fit, which in this case he has done very well. I never initially thought it would fit but it does, however don't underestimate the work it took to get it to this stage.

Supanovakit
25-03-2017, 06:17 PM
It does look very good


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Buffy
25-03-2017, 07:37 PM
It does look good but I have one question.
Would you not wrap your knuckles every time you put it in 1st or3rd gear ?

Buffy

Mostin
25-03-2017, 09:55 PM
Dave your dash looks very good. With the adjustments you've made it looks like it was made for the job. :thumbup:

Cheers.
Mostin.

islandman
26-03-2017, 12:39 AM
It does look good but I have one question.
Would you not wrap your knuckles every time you put it in 1st or3rd gear ?

Buffy

He plans to move the gearshift back, but well spotted :wink:

islandman
26-03-2017, 12:40 AM
Dave your dash looks very good. With the adjustments you've made it looks like it was made for the job. :thumbup:

Cheers.
Mostin.

Mostin,

Unfortunately this is not my dash, its Brett's from the Sterling site. I just thought I would share it here for inspiration for others