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Started "Tricking" out dash tonight (NOW WITH PICS!)

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by TheBlazerKid, Feb 21, 2003.

  1. TheBlazerKid

    TheBlazerKid 1/2 ton status

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    Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight (NOW WITH PICS!)

    I got a spare dash out of a junker pickup a guy that lives by me has, Its in really good shape, got my white face guage decals in the mail today, took teh assmebly all apart. cleaned everything, I put the white stickers on the clear lense part, I am going to paint the black backgrounds for teh guages white so they show better with the stickers, boy the little tiny rivet that hold them onto the guage itself sure were a paint to get undone. I ended up using a small square file to grind down the backs of them and popped them out. so now i gotta sandblast all teh black paint off of them and paint them white, doign that tommorow. I also painted the needles metallic blue, Figured that would be different. I am also going to find some clear blue plastic and make the turn signals and high beam indicators blue. should look pretty good when I am done. Just different enough so that someone that knows what to look for will appreciate it. well jsut though I'd post this. Anyone else done somethign similar to this? Ill post pics when Im done. c- ya all' Later! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  2. TheBlazerKid

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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    Wow, I just finished masking off the dash bezel, what a pain that was... Im painting the chrome parts, like around the edge and where the guage hole are. and inside the blinker holes. bot what a pain...mask...trim...mask...trim...mask...trim... wow im glad thats over. /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
  3. Stroked72Blazer

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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    that's pretty sharp. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    There were some colored bezels on ebay a couple of weeks ago. The crome areas were "anodized". The blue might look nice with what you are doing.
     
  6. Tuff

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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    Here is a pic of my dash. It might help. The Eyes Skulls on the skulls light up for my blinker indicators[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    Realize that the USAAF (yes, Army Air Force...) and US Navy did studies on gauge visibility and legibility, and found that black backgrounds with white enumeration is the most visible/legible.

    I'm not trying to knock your efforts, just trying to point out the reason for the gauges to be the way that they are.
     
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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    Thanks for the advice I'll be sure to change the gauges when I'm 90 years old and decide to go Mach 1 in my blazer
     
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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    I got it done todoay. I will post pics when i get film back in a week or so. It came out pretty good, not perfect... but alright.
     
  10. noJeepshere

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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    that looks good, i'm doing the same thing to my 81 gimic. mine has a black panel. i think the white faces with the black plastic will look good. blue is a good color, makes it look kinda sporty. ill drop some pics when i get it all done. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    Got pics tonight... There is one of it out of the truck in my webshots... will get some with it all lit up tommorow! came out pretty good.
     
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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    Nice Dash... Like them Military switch covers
     
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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    I dont follow on the military switch cover thing? lol
     
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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    He was talking about Mike's dash, pretty cool! Hes got switched in the center of his dash with the red switch covers over them. That is what he was talking baout.
     
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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    That is sweet!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Where did you find the skull? /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif
     
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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

    I picked up the skulls at a harley shop. My old dash was complete crap so I just started all over. Thanks for the comments. Sorry the thread got hijacked.
     
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    Re: Started \"Tricking\" out dash tonight

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    I'll be sure to change the gauges when I'm 90 years old and decide to go Mach 1 in my blazer

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