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What To Do With The Cut Out?

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by Miami66, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. Apr 5, 2020
    Miami66

    Miami66 New Member

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    Trying to figure out how to deal with this cut out other than replacing dash. Unusual size? CB? Thoughts. Thanks.

    Carlos
     

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    Twin2

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    well the easy way . would tack some sheetmetal to back side and finish with bondo
    less warpage . that way
     
  3. Apr 5, 2020
    Iandavidh

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    Or even just screw some sheetmetal on over it.
    Polished aluminum maybe?
     
  4. Apr 5, 2020
    Rich M.

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    Yep. Find a donor cowl / dash usually not too hard. Tack it in and gas mig up. If you can find a large piece of copper bus bar to use as a backer / heat sink it will go better.
     
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    timgr

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    Yeah, trying to fix it to look original will take some effort and skills. Easiest would be place a panel over it and find something to mount in the panel. Mount a radio in it and paint it a contrasting color, with distinctive hardware at the corners - make it look intentional.
     
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    Miami66

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    Thanks Guys. Appreciate the ideas!

    Carlos
     
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    FinoCJ

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    I covered mine with a panel and put a USB charger/plug (and the fan switch for my auxiliary heater)....
     
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    Focker

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    X2
     
  9. Apr 6, 2020
    tomasinator

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    I had to deal with a rough-cut radio hole in my '70 dash:
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    I cut a piece of aluminum out from this old panel:
    [​IMG]

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    I installed a cheap CB in the dash with the frame covering the large hole:
    [​IMG]
     
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  10. Apr 6, 2020
    48cj2a

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    timgr

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    There you go. (y) Ala tomisinator too.

    IIRC the OP has an intermediate Jeep? Note that the dash shown by 48cj2a won't fit an intermediate. The seat and steering column location are further to the left with an intermediate. Might be worthwhile for the OP to add a Jeep description to his profile and/or signature.
     
  13. Apr 8, 2020
    48cj2a

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    This is from another thread similar topic...there are sheet metal shops everywhere and should not be as expensive as a replacement dash.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Apr 8, 2020
    Miami66

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  15. Apr 16, 2020
    Miami66

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    Well I finally closed it up. Probably not the best way but good till Later. Bought some Vent covers (magnetic) at Home Depot for $6.00. They are paintable and easy to cut. (To bad they are not a little thicker). I spray painted it and stuck it on. Hopefully they stay on.

    Carlos
    Gainesville,Fl
     

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    givemethewillys

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    Hahaha, that's one way to do it!
     
  17. Apr 17, 2020
    48cj2a

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    Hey its not Duct Tape and it won't leave a mess if you remove it:bananatool:
     
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  18. Apr 18, 2020
    Focker

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    You could have done this and still could. Harbor Freight.

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  19. Apr 18, 2020
    Miami66

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    Great idea. I’ll check it out. Thx.
     
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  20. Apr 18, 2020
    Miami66

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    Just bought it. $10.00. I can use the little holes to put a pen in. The size should be perfect for my opening! Thx again.

    Carlos
     
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