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« on: November 21, 2008, 03:24:15 AM »

I finally got around to building the dash for our Eagle. Haven't had one for quite sometime and frankly I was embarrassed to even sit in the driver seat.  Cry

But it's all better now. Wink

I hope to get some clear coat on it today, that is if it warms up a bit! Notice my work bench and heated shop! Yeah right, but it beats trying to do it in the bus!

One more thing, now my steering wheel looks awful!

You can see more pics at my unique bus conversion site in my signature.

Happy Trails,

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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2008, 03:46:35 AM »

Paul,

Only six gauges, a tach and a speedometer? Shocked

What's the world coming to when a busnut doesn't have at least 40 gauges, 213 switches and lots of little flashing lights?  Roll Eyes

Just kiddin', mate... It looks great!

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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2008, 04:01:22 AM »

Yeah, I could have made it look like the starship Enterprise or the cockpit of a 747! Grin

I don't even have the tach yet, but I have a hole for it! Wink
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2008, 04:32:14 AM »

Paul,
Only six gauges, a tach and a speedometer? Shocked
What's the world coming to when a busnut doesn't have at least 40 gauges, 213 switches and lots of little flashing lights?  Roll Eyes
Just kiddin', mate... It looks great!
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   You must be referring to our bus?   LOL.   Jack
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2008, 04:34:38 AM »

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Only six gauges, a tach and a speedometer? Shocked
What's the world coming to when a busnut doesn't have at least 40 gauges, 213 switches and lots of little flashing lights?  Roll Eyes
Just kiddin', mate... It looks great!
Dallas

Dallas,
   You must be referring to our bus?   LOL.   Jack
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2008, 06:53:38 AM »

When we were looking that was the best feature of the Bluebirds - massive number of gauges and switches - like the cockpit of a Twin Otter.
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2008, 07:58:34 AM »

Very nice dash project. I love wood.

Hope your gauge’s glass surface’s angle is perpendicular below driver’s eyes level to avoid outside light glare on gauge’s glass. If not…you can add a hood around upper dash frame.

In my opinion....Wood dash blend into a home on wheels.

Looking Great!

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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2008, 10:28:55 AM »

Hi Gerald,

We'll see how any glare affects the gauge viewing, I don't think we will have a problem as we have a visor, it does help quite a bit.  Wink Of course it depends on if we follow the sun or not! Roll Eyes

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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2008, 10:34:56 AM »

Paul,

Looks very nice!

Something about creating something that just gives one a good feeling.

Or as they say, "if you don't lead, the views always the same"  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2008, 03:41:53 PM »

I like the wood grain a lot! Great job. I need to see pics of it in the bus ASAP!
A matching wood steering wheel would be perfect.
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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2008, 03:54:29 PM »

Really nice work. We lean toward custom wood too. But my wife has a question about the file box it's setting on-is that where you hide all your reciepts from working on the bus? No shortage of sawhorses then, huh?! Grin Grin
Can't wait to see it installed  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2008, 03:58:57 PM »

Paul,

Really nice, can't wait to see the finished product.  Now I'm jealous.......

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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2008, 04:08:48 PM »

You guys crack me up! Grin

Will, tell your wife she's right about the file box! I think it's almost full and I have a loonnnggg way to go!

Cliff, I"m always following somebody but now I'll have something nice to look at while I'm trailing behind! Wink

Bill, Don't be jealous, it took lots of time and I'm not a cabinet maker. This is the first oak sawdust I've made ever!

I was hoping to get it cleared today, but no go, got to cold here last night and my garage has no heat at all. Maybe I should do it in the bus, put a small electric heater in their today while I'm working in the kitchen and had to turn it down! My wife decided she wanted the refer on the other side and back further, so had to do some remodeling from the first remodel! I still Love Her! Kiss

I can't wait to see it installed myself! Wink But here is what it looked like this morning while it is curing!

Paul
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« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2008, 04:21:08 PM »

Now I'm envious too! That is sweeeet Grin Looks very PRO! Do you hire out?
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2008, 06:50:46 PM »

Now I'm envious too! That is sweeeet Grin Looks very PRO! Do you hire out?

You're kidding right! Grin At this rate I might be able to do other work when I finish ours, maybe 2013.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2008, 07:28:52 PM »

If you need a new wheel, call VIP wheels directly.  They are cheap.  I only paid about $50. plus shipping for the one of my choice.  Leather or wood costs more, but the poly one looks great too.
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2008, 07:34:51 PM »

If you need a new wheel, call VIP wheels directly.  They are cheap.  I only paid about $50. plus shipping for the one of my choice.  Leather or wood costs more, but the poly one looks great too.

Thanks Lin, I intend to do that when I change over from Armstrong to power one of these days. Then I can get a smaller wheel! At least that is what is planned! You know how that can go! Wink I might go with wood, just like the feel of it, we'll see. My wife has me pretty busy with other plans! Roll Eyes

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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2008, 06:23:05 AM »

Paul,

Good job on your dash. That is a neat design. I'm sure that it took a lot of hours of work. Even your finishing looks very nice.

Congrats.

God bless,

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« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2008, 07:44:52 AM »

Jack Conrad, when I read that about all the stuff I thought of you and Paula!
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« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2008, 04:31:53 AM »

I finally got it finished yesterday! What a relief, now I can move onto the next project!

The switch lights look cool at night! Wink

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« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2008, 06:35:43 AM »

Nice job paul, but where are the cup holders?  When I drop off your new windows I'll either need a cup holder or a coaster for my coffee lol.
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« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2008, 06:44:09 AM »

Your making Great Progress, Paul.  Another neat project being finish.

Thank you for sharing.

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« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2008, 05:47:32 PM »

 Your looking good Paul, Keep up the good work

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« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2008, 07:01:43 PM »

Hey Cody, I'll have them installed by the time you get here! Grin I just haven't gotten that far yet. I intend to put one for my on the left side over my electrical panel in a safe and dry location! Cheesy

I do have one for the copilot, so there ya go! You can use that one.

I know a cabinet maker could have done a better job, but ya get what ya got! Wink At least I can make some sawdust like the master!

Thanks for the comments Pete and Gerald, another project bites the dust!

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