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Install a 72 dash in a newer model?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CK5, Jan 18, 2002.

  1. CK5

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    You know, if a guy could put a 72 dash in a new model it would have a lot more room for a roll cage etc. I like the flat dash style a little better, of course it would be easier to just fab a new one up, just thinkin.

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  2. HarryH3

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    With a Sawzall, a MIG and some duct tape, anything is possible. [​IMG] Probably take a pretty good bit of fabrication to make it fit though...

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    Man.... you're always thinkin'..!!

    I found that after removing my padded dash I had all kinds of room...... just looks kinda bad!

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    You left out bondo...

    Pete

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    My brother has a fellow marine on base with a 66 chevy that is on a blazer frame and sports a 73 to 91 dash..bolted right in.
    I lucked out..the Willy's already has a flat dash [​IMG]

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    That would be cool...just remember that your current VIN tag is on the dash skeleton and would have to find a home on the 72 dash.

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    VIN?? Who needs VIN? LOL

    Steve - wish we were neighbors - we are going through the same stuff. I need cage/gauges/floor shifter etc.... Probably should just do what Stephen did and be done with it!!

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    how about making a dash out of a piece of stainless, kinda like the ones that were made for the center console only it would go like a regular dash, when i was working for a truck trailer place we made all kinds of parts out of stainless, if you know somebody that works in a metal shop you could get scrap metal, pay by the pound, if you start with a flat piece and your measurments are accurate, you could get the holes for gauges, radios, heater controls, ect punched out first and then have it bent to fit, use something like weather stripping to go around the edge(stainless will cut like a knife) you would end up with a flat dash that would look nice and you could locate the gauges ect where you wanted, if you know someone in the business that has access to the equipment you could probably get a dash for under 100 bucks, there are probably alot of things i overlooked in thinkin about this but the end product would be really great lookin, just a thought, maybe i got up too early this morning

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    Have you looked into drag car dash panels? Take out your dash and build your cage then put on a removeable dash. It could be fastened by Dzus fasteners to the cage. Unless you just like the early dash.

    The VIN plate issue that Rene brought up is a good point. You may want to check w/ DOT to see what has to be done to move it. Removing VIN plates was something that came up in an IICAR class that I had taken a few yrs ago. I dont remember exactly what the details were, but there are issues about it.

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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    That would be cool...just remember that your current VIN tag is on the dash skeleton and would have to find a home on the 72 dash.

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    Oooh, colector tags...

    Pete

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