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1969 Jeep Cj5 Dash

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by BMoney, Sep 27, 2021.

  1. Sep 27, 2021
    BMoney

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    So the dash on my newly purchased '69 CJ5 is a piece of swiss cheese. I am planning on going to my local sheet metal shop and having a new dash made that is closer to what the original looked like. Anyone have a picture of an original '69 dash so I can see what gauges and switches were on there from the factory?
     
  2. Sep 27, 2021
    jeepstar

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    maybe just get a blank one made, and drill the holes as you need?
     
  3. Sep 27, 2021
    BMoney

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    I was thinking about that but I want to try and keep it as true to original as possible. I know it has a spot for the speedo (which also has the fuel and engine temp gauges) and then it has a switch for the lights and the wipers but other than that I am at a loss for what it should look like. Using the old dash as a template is difficult because I don't know which holes were original versus which ones were added after the fact.
     
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    Andrew Theros

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    I can post a pic of my 69 when I get home, but I don’t know which holes are original on not.
     
  5. Sep 27, 2021
    BMoney

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    Anything you could do would be great, like I said, I am working with a piece of Swiss cheese right now
     
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    ojgrsoi

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    Once you discover the factory holes, maybe the metal shop could patch the original? I've seen some nice work revamping original dashes.
     
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    Andrew Theros

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    8F3A4B5C-21E7-4763-B452-185E0AB7869A.jpeg
    Left to right,
    Headlight switch, unknown hole (didn’t have a wiper switch when I got it, maybe here?). Hazard switch, wiper switch (the switch I bought was sloppy in the above mentioned hole so I moved it here, where there was a toggle switch for aux lights.
    Next hole had the manual choke (replacement is here, installation coming soon!).

    At about 25 mph on the speedo is the cigarette lighter, 15 mph is the ignition switch and the hole low left of that used to have a push button for ignition. It failed so I replaced the old switch and button with the switch mentioned above. It looks like there is a plug left of ignition, no idea?.

    Hope that helps, I have no Idea what is correct or which holes are factory.

    Looking forward to seeing your jeep come together!
     
  8. Sep 27, 2021
    BMoney

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    This is great, thanks so much for the picture!
     
  9. Sep 28, 2021
    amboynut

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    ojgrsoi

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    Steve's 70-5

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    The dash has the steering column Mount fabricated in to it and the hole for the glove box has some unique bends.

    Double D Fabricating makes a very good replacement dash.

    If you get a price of sheet metal and weld on it, you will have to deal with metal distortion
     
  12. Sep 28, 2021
    timgr

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    How so? No holes for controls, pretty sure the cluster and glove box hole location did not change over the lifetime of early-intermediate Jeeps. Steering position unchanged M38A1-'71.
     
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    ojgrsoi

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    On my original view I thought the weld spots by the cluster were holes like the earlier dash with four holes. Upon a re-look I see they are the studs welded on the back. As always you are spot (welded) on. :bow:
     
  14. Sep 28, 2021
    AC Bill

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    My 69 dash has a heater push/pull cable control knob on the left of the steering wheel, so that could be what that empty hole is for. It controls the flap in the air duct box mounted to the firewall.
     
  15. Sep 28, 2021
    Rubicloak

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    I made this template up. This should help you.. Asterisk next to optional items inc Ren1 & Ren2

    1966-71 DASH LAYOUT WITH OPTIONS SHOWN.jpg
     
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    BMoney

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    This is great, thanks so much!
     
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    Howard Eisenhauer

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    Worth the money if you want things to be as close to original as possible.
     
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    dnb5853

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    I have a chrome plug at location #4...now I know that's a factory thing!
    Thanks Rubicloak...this diagram is a keeper.
     
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    Fireball

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    Here's some more info.

    This is the dash in my mostly unmolested '69. It's a pretty basic Jeep with factory plugs in lots of the holes. The Silver knob is for an aftermarket heater control valve a previous owner added. The small hole below the ignition switch looks like it has factory paint. Not sure if it's original or not:
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    All the small holes in this picture are previous owner added :steamed::
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    And for reference here's the guide from the owner's manual. Notice the ones with the asterisks are all plugged from the factory on my Jeep:
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  20. Sep 29, 2021
    amboynut

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    If they can fab a new panel with the steering column support, windshield latch serrated plates, and the bent-to-the-inside glove box hole for $179 please send me their contact info. I have a lot of work for them.
     
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    AC Bill

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    Interesting to learn the heater was an option. I wonder if my 69 CJ5, being built in Canada, the heater was std equipment? I can't imagine using it in winter otherwise.
     
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