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1. If I install the dash with the steering column centered in the oval hole, the dash looks (laterally) centered with respect to the dash hoop, but the PS end of the dash extends 9&3/4" beyond the outer edge of the dash hoop/frame, and the DS end of the dash extends 11" beyond the outer edge of the dash hoop so the dash isn't really laterally centerd. The only way I will be able to equalize the DS and PS extension lengths, would be to enlarge the DS of the steering hole so I can shift the entire dash 1/2+" to the PS (or I could just trim the DS end back a bit). What am I missing here? I wouldn't expect FF to be shipping a blank dash with the steering column hole drilled off-center????
2. I have to drill the holes for the gauges (S/C configuration). I want to be sure I locate the gauges relative to the top edge of the dash panel so I have ample room to adjust the dash location (up and down) to mate with the body without the back side of the gauges hitting the underside of the dash hoop. So, I'm thinking about the minimum gap I must leave between the upper edge of the gauges, and the top edge of the dash. The distance between the upper edge of the gauge holes and the upper edge of the dash is a minimum of 1&3/8" on the stock dash that came with the kit. So... as a guide to drilling the gauge holes in my new blank dash, I could (a) just use the 1&3/8" dimension from the stock dash, (b) I could temporarily mount Mike's underdash panel and the dash and determine how much clearance I need from that, or (c) I could just assume the upper edge of the dash will be flush with the upper edge of the dash hoop at the lateral center of the dash and fix my gauge holes to accommodate this. I supposed I could also do "B" AND put the body back on the car, but surely folks don't do that just to fix the location of the gauge holes? Which approach should I use?
(I realize that second question is probably as clear as mud...)
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Kind of a late response but how did you resolve Problem # 1? I'm in the same situation now?
Thanks for your advice,
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