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post #104 of (permalink) Old 02-12-2014, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Wooden Dash Board - Part 2:
This is how the choke cable attaches at the back of the dash in its traditional location.

But I want to relocate to the right of the steering column.
So I tried re-using the hole for the original fog light switch (which I don't need).

Whilst this looks OK from the front, the hole at the back is too big.

So I made a small bracket like this.

Now the choke cable can be tightened up against this bracket.

And the mounting screws for the bracket will go into the original fog light switch locating holes.

The original Spitfire dash also had two warning lights that I will not be using either.

( The other one is the seat belt warning light. )

Which leaves three holes to be filled for each light.

So I cut two small metal discs to "shove" into the main centre holes.
( The smaller holes do not go all the way thru the dash, they are just locating points. )
I then put some wood filler into the holes.

I then put filler in some of the cracks in the original wood grain in all three dash panels.

When this filler was fully set, I sanded it all down & wiped it clean to leave the panels looking like this.

I brushed some wood stain I had lying around in my shed into dash.
( Which seemed in keeping with the recycling / "make do and mend" spirit of this build. )

Whilst one coat has made a difference, I will give it at least a second coat.

I also quite like the way the filler looks like part of the wood grain.

Note: If the brush marks are still visible when it dries, I will just rub it down with fine sandpaper.
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