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Just trying to see if my hyperlink to an e-bay page is working on my signature line.. If not, anyone want to help me out to get it to work?
 
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Nice kit, any pics of the actual kit? The install looks good, not sure if I like the black band above the controls though.
 
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yea, I agree with the black band. I did the first blocks I made in gloss black and should have done them in semi-gloss. Also the wood grain makes the dash look funkey. I will ditch the wood grain when I have the courage to paint it, or I am also toying around with an idea of making an aluminum plate to cover just the wood area in the dash and close up to the heater controls, no need for a "fill" block. You Impala guys are lucky to not have to do the "no wood" mod. I'm not sure if I'll get the laser engraved text done before the end of the auction, but if anyone is intrested they should e-mail me. Our cnc laser engraver can do some pretty wild stuff.
 
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Thanks for the compliment Des. The flash on the camera amplified the colors in the wood and the black. It doesnt look like such an eyesore in person. This is a work in progress, when I get the wood painted over and a semi-gloss engraved block in there I'll post a pic. It will look 10 times better. I have no time! Work full time, class full time, work on car and truck when I should be studing, on this website while at work! :D I just wanted to get it out there to give the b-body guys an install option.

Thanks again, sit tight for an updated pic next week!
 
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It's an excellent kit. I don't want to get rid of my plastic wood, and I'm trying to figure out what could be done to make it less aggresive? Could the controls be centered so there would be a black band top and bottom? Not sure that would look any better, but just thinking.

It doesn't help that the controls are grey, if they were black, none of this would be an issue.

Keep up the good work man, I have been thinking about doing this and if I decide to go this way, I WILL be looking you up.

I'm staying posted to this one!
 
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The bracket behind the dash sounds like a really good idea. I don't have a flip-out head (nor do I like them), but it seems the HVAC controls are used less often and should be farther down on the dash.

The aluminum strip that covers the gap over the HVAC part.. is that added on, or a part of the bracket? I'd probably skip that part and try to make my own new face out of ABS or fiberglass, to make it fit exactly right.

All speculation at the moment, but I'm sure glad you're making that bracket! Is there a waiting list? :cool:

..oh, one more. Have any trouble getting wires to stretch up to the top of the dash?
 
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Sean,

My AC controls are black, are yours grey or is that just the way the pic came out? I'm just wondering if your kit would look more appealing with black controls like mine?

Also, do you have more pics of the kit? I want to see a close up of the seam between the controls and the kit.

Thanks!
 
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Thanks for the support guys! The time, money and effort really pays off with the compliments. My heat control pannel is grey. I guess I did these first pannels in gloss black because I have a small fetish with the color?? I did the entire undercarrage of my 4x4 truck in gloss black. The dash pannel fits snug right up to the heat control pannels, there is no gap. I can't remember but I think there is about a 1/16" gap by the cig lighter spot (away from the dash plastic). I kinda think this is the way it was before, but it is un noticable. how is your guys's? I want to limit the number of times I pull the dash apart. in fact, I will probaly leave it alone until I figure out what I am going to do with my center dash section. I want to paint the wood the exterior body color, but in a few years that color will change. The aluminum block just bolts to the brackets, so it is easily not used. To center the heat controls would be a bit more CAD drawing, but do able. Also, there would be two fill pannels, rather then just one, double the work time on making them. I thought the one would be cool when it was engraved, and I appoligise guys, I can't stress how cool that laser engraver is over powdercoat. We can take any picture, scan it and burn it in. I think I might have jumped the gun on listing that on e-bay, but I wanted to get the word out. There is no waiting list, infact no bids. I put it on e-bay so I wasn't cluttering up this site with the "buy my product" attitude. I will be willing to sell these on a non-ebay sale. I wouldn't like to see someone have to pay a bunch more just for the supply/demand issue e-bay can promote. I think $45 will cover the materials and time I will have in each one, and if I sell enough, will pay for the prototype workings of this. These will be around for a while guys, keep in contact if your are interested.

Also, what do you think of this?? I have few $$. That means no subs in the trunk, nothing. But, I do keep my cleaning supplies back there, I HATE the fact that somthing can slide over and dent the outside rear quarters. What was GM thinking? They must have though people wouldn't ever pitch there car sideways with a factory posi and a 350 through a corner?!?! Anyways, I have had the trunk carpet pulled for a while to do this. I want to make a tight fitting aluminum pannel that goes from the trunk floor to the top, front to back. I was toying around the idea of a door to house towels, cleaning supplies, ect. But at the least, a pannel thas will bolt in with brackets I will provide. Maybe a nice brushed finish?
Afer class tomorrow I headed to Kansas for some ATV'n so I check in early next week. Also by Tuesday I'll have some pics of the engraved stuff. *fingers crossed*
 
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BTW Andrew, there was plenty of slack in all of the wires and cable, and vac. lines to relocate. not an issue. they all removed from the back for the heat cluster by simply unclipping, the vac lines had two 1/4" screws holding them on.
 
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I Love it! Finally someone took the horror out of cutting up the dash..... Ok, how is it mounted in the top? From what I hear you have to trim an ac duct behind the radio to make it fit up there, what did you do for that? Second, what are the chances of having the bracket powdercoated to match the AC panel? I think if you can match that panel you will have a really good product on your hands. Im interested and willing to pick one up if we can do something about that 2 tone ac panel look... Let me know,
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I did have to drill two 1/8" holes for relief in the dash plastic. They need to be drilled to allow the back of the two bolts that hold the lower part HVAC controls. They pass through the HVAC lower mounting holes and then through the mounting plate where they are secured with nylon lock nuts. In no way does this weaken any structure of your dash. They don't need to be drilled if you tap the holes I provide in the mounting plate and bolt it to the plate, but thats more work to shortin a bolt and tap a hole v.s. two small relief holes. To each his own. I didn't need to cut any heater vents. The deck does contact the tubes, but not bad. It contacts on the upper passenger side of the back of the deck. My deck isn't any shorter than others out there I wouldn't think. But, if you have problems, take a .75" drill and drill out the contact spot in the tube and tape it with aluminum tape. I always put a layer of electrical tape on afterwards, but this shouldn't be an issue for you. Or, you can put more spacer plates to the front of your kit and push the deck more outwards. Again, clearance shouldn't be an issue. I will see what I can come up with for a matching powder for the gray HVAC controls. So, gloss black won't work for Impala's either? Is there a version of these cars where they will? If not, I will just burn the powder off the ones I did in gloss black. I'll try to get some pics of the engraved ones up on Tuesday, it'll be a gloss black one, but you will get the idea. I should have this all taken care of by the end of this week.
 
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Ok, I cant figure out how to get the pics uploaded to this page. I came up with a color that is close to the weird gray that the HVAC controls are. We have a low gloss black that matches the vent and dash black perfect. Even better, we have the same black in a texture powder. The fill plate will look like the same textured black plastic on your dash, exactly...

So, I will offer these in gloss black, semi-gloss black, textured semi-gloss black, and the weird gray. This weird gray color is close, but is not exact to the HVAC controls.

I'll get some more blocks made and powdered in the textured black, but I won't have them laser engraved until I have a request for one.
 
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If you choose the weird gray and don't like it, send it back and I'll send you one in another color, no charge.

E-mail me when you are ready!
 
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Ok how much is this kit for forum members? And how much will it be shipped to 30043? What is your pay-pal account name for payment as well?
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Great work! I would like to see pics of the textured black kit if possible.
 
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Off topic so dissregard, but JAYO, this is for you! You need to fix your sig on this forum man, check it out. It will get deleted if you don't.

There seems to be a little confusion about the Signature Pictures.

The allowable height is 100 pixels and preferably no more than 640 in width.

The gigantic pictures tie up bandwidth and that means speed. It also sucks for us on dialup and I really don't want to see these huge pictures posted 10 times per thread.

I have tried to be patient but nobody seems to read the rules when they do this.

So, as of April 1st I will be deleting the ability to put pictures in the signatures UNLESS you can all get you act together. If you see a sig pic that is too large contact the owner and get him to change it.

Please be advised that I do not want to do this but it has gotten out of hand.

READ THIS FIRST!!! Please go here for the information on how to add a picture to your signature: UBB Code. You CANNOT post a picture from your machine, it must be hosted on the web. Remember to limit signature pictures to 100 pixels high. Also, please do not make multiple topics to test your signature, continue with the first one you created.
 
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Thanks Des.... ;)

Whats up on a group purchase or something? Maybe a discount for forum members... Let me know man, im ready to order now. :D
 
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Guys, I ran into a few snags. I needed to order in another bar of aluminum to make the fill panels. I should have them made and powdercoated textured black buy Thursday of next week and will be ready to ship! The kits are $10 more for laser engraved text, IMPALA SS or CAPRICE SS only at this time. It'll be $40 plus $10 to ship. (add $10 for engraved fill panel) Please don't send any money till I post here that they are ready!
Sorry for the delay guys, but it will be worth the wait!
 
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Any update on this? Do you have any pics of the black kit that matches the stock black plastic?
 
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