Dash

Dash Components

Air Distributor Box

Details on the box which sits below the dash can be found under the Heater post: http://valvechatter.us/?cat=103

Mounting Bracket for Radio Control Panel

This bracket shares the mounting bolts with the air distributor box, and mounts behind and above it.

Mounting Bracket for Radio Control Panel

Mounting Bracket for Radio Control Panel

Powder Coated Mounting Bracket for Radio Control Panel

Powder Coated Mounting Bracket for Radio Control Panel

Air Distributor Box Installed

Air Distributor Box Installed

Instrument Panel Assembly

While the speedometer and tachometer are placed directly in front of the driver in the MK2, the rest of the gauges and most of the switches are located in a central panel in the dash referred to as the Instrument Panel Assembly. The panel is mounted with two thumb screws at the top corners of the panel that when released permits the panel to swing out on hinges.

Information regarding the individual gauges, instruments, and switches may be found under the “Gauges, Instruments and Switches” post.

Instrument Assembly Panel

Instrument Assembly Panel

Newspaper Tray

The Newspaper Tray sits immediately below the gauge panel in the center of the dash.

Newspaper Tray

Newspaper Tray

It is secured with two #10-32 nylock nuts and two rubber washers on the mounting studs.

Newspaper Tray

Newspaper Tray

Newspaper Tray

Newspaper Tray

Newspaper Tray

Newspaper Tray

The newspaper tray has a grey flocking on the interior of the envelope. At this time I am not sure how I will replicate the flocking, but I am sure that I will figure out something. I media blasted the tray to prepare it for powder coating.

Newspaper Tray

Newspaper Tray

Newspaper Tray

Newspaper Tray

Right and Left Fascia Board Assemblies

For the purpose of testing my electrical system, gauges and instruments, I installed my yet to be refinished dash fascia boards. The driver’s side fascia board houses the Handbrake “ON” Position and Brake Fluid Container Level Warning Lamp,  the speedometer and the tachometer with internal clock. The speedometer includes warning lamps for high beams, low fuel and ignition charging. The passenger side fascia board houses

the “Cubby” glove box that incorporates a light that illuminates when the door is opened.

As the Service Manual suggests, fitting and removing the driver’s side Fascia Board is made easier (though not necessary) by dropping the steering column to the seat. The central instrument panel was already removed from the car.

Since this is not my final installation I did not install the small twisted (steady) brackets nor the top brackets for the mounting of the screen rail dash top.

Driver's side fascia board

Driver’s side fascia board

Passenger side fascia board

Passenger side fascia board

I did install the LH and RH mounting brackets to the wooden fascia as seen in the images above. The brackets were all cleaned, bead blasted and repainted before mounting to the fascia boards.

Fascia Board Refurbished mounting hardware

Fascia Board Refurbished mounting hardware

While I did not get a photograph of the wood when I reinstalled the renewed brackets one can see in this image that outside brackets for both fascia boards have studs that go through holes in the car’s body bracing and are then secured with “special” oval washers, split washers and nuts.

Driver's side fascia board outside mounting bracket

Driver’s side fascia board outside mounting bracket

The inside brackets for both fascia boards have rubber seals that I assume are to block light that might escape from behind the instrument panel. Two #10 – 32 x 1/2″ machine screws mount through the inside brackets into the car’s body.

Passenger side fascia board internal mounting bracket

Passenger side fascia board internal mounting bracket

 

Cubby Box Door Hinge

The Cubby Box Door Hinge is a chrome sliding hinge, being in excellent condition, I simply cleaned and polished the hinge. It is attached to the Cubby Box with four chrome slotted wood screws.

5 Responses to “Dash”

  1. Greg Oliver says:

    Lin,
    I was told by an English mechanic that the tray was/is coated with flocking.I haven’t done mine yet but it seems pretty easy – we’ll see!

  2. I used wrinkle paint , looks right says:

    Thanks for this, I am about to replace the fascia panels, working thru the speedometer orifice makes it clear, Thanks M ike Smith

  3. Malcolm Campbell says:

    G’day Lin,

    For what it’s worth this would be my approach.
    You should be able to buy a bag of flock from a woodworking store (different colours are available). You can then use spray adhesive to coat the inside of the tray, empty the flock in, cover the opening with a piece of wood or similar and shake the flock about until it coats the inside. Don’t be gentle, shake the ‘flock out of it’.

    Regards
    Mal

    • valv8988 says:

      Thank you, Mal! If you read my later posts regarding air conditioning, you will see that I ended up completely “hiding” the newspaper tray with an air conditioning vent face plate so no flocking was needed. However, I do appreciate you comment and others will no doubt benefit.

      Lin

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