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mightymouse    1

My tattered, mis-matched Instrument Panel needs a rework. The thing that happened was I found a pile of instrumentation, beside the road and garbage picked some Camaro and other clusters from this gearhead down the street- truly a sign.

I'm not kidding. They are GM and match my cable end!

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I have done many modifications to interiors, now it's your turn! here is a before-(we don't want anything like this)

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I envision a sweeping,late model Riveria style panel, with an overhang or brow

that runs from door panel to door panel(top pad like a gen 3 Camaro also...)

Pencils pens chops please feel free to share your ideas for the best I/P & Console

I would like simple round tach and speedo in deep protruding tubes, like Solstice ....

which project from a way-foward-in-car sweeping surface. Like a motorcycle.

Only two 100mm round air outlets are preferred.

This is the cluster bezel I like...I might trim the bottom part of the bezel off,

or maybe make two deep angled tubes ala gen I camaro.

and it will relocate 10" foward or so after I yank the current 85mph bar speedo.

tubes - maybe aluminum finish? you tell me.

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Please share your thoughts here, and I will fabricate the best ideas in the Malibu.

Like pimp my ride only with taste. The depth of a new smaller radio is the only limitation...

probably right in the center, as well as a floor shifter.

No idea is a bad one! I can do fiberglass, so anything is possible.

I seriously appreciate all details :yes: I really like that late Riv thing only smaller and cooler of course.

The prize is a GM performance division sticker that's cool.

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Camino LS6    866

4th gen Firebird? Should have lots of commonality, tends toward round openings,and should we widely available in boneyards/swapmeets/on ebay.

Just my first thought.

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mightymouse    1

4th gen Firebird? Should have lots of commonality, tends toward round openings,and should we widely available in boneyards/swapmeets/on ebay.

Just my first thought.

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Nono I'm making it from scratch with one of the clusters shown.

No glove box, no HVAC controls, just a radio in the center stack.

anything goes.

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mightymouse    1

4th gen Firebird? Should have lots of commonality, tends toward round openings,and should we widely available in boneyards/swapmeets/on ebay.

Just my first thought.

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YES on the outlets, other wise looks HEAVY and like a smooth river stone.

I would cut it up and try it if it was free...

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hmmm... i will see what i can do... im bored... and doing interiors is sometimes fun when given lots of freedom... so i will try to come up with something before i head to the game tomorrow... Bucks vs Penn State... i have got to be there

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mightymouse    1

I'm in. When should it be done by. I have an excellent idea. There should be air outlets right in the center stack or on the sides? This sounds cool. I have never drawn an interior for anyone. This will be a first.

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I will route two fresh air intakes wherever ...probably best towards the center

I have no HVAC system. Fair weather car only- no real deadline, I will have until

spring to finish the build....so take your time.

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balthazar    1,998

What about an aftermarket fiberglas dash, such as for race cars, to start with? No glovebox, no vents; you could cut what & where. Lots of these types companies out there- try VFN fiberglas.

I'm not too helpful in this era; I never owned an '80s vehicle so they don't 'speak' to me as far as inspiration goes....

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manual or auto?

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mightymouse    1

Use all of the guage clusters at the same time. It would make you think you were flying an airplane. :wink:

But seriously, what are you thoughts on wood? Take the wooden-looking bezel from the first pick, use it as a nice big frame for all your radio, HVAC  and miscelaneous controls. Then right beneath it, maybe have an oak console  with the shifter and the cup holders.

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It has to match the feel of the car...I think of wood on high end cars..

I might use thin plywood and flex to fit the base or A-line of the W/S, no HVAC- just a radio, it will probably get covered with foam and soft charcoal vinyl just

like the doors, maybe a bright, thin, trim piece crosses the I/P and onto the door...

Who was that guy with a newer Riv, called it an egg or something. I wish I had a

picture of the latest Riveria I/P.

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mightymouse    1

What about an aftermarket fiberglas dash, such as for race cars, to start with? No glovebox, no vents; you could cut what & where. Lots of these types companies out there- try VFN fiberglas.

I'm not too helpful in this era; I never owned an '80s vehicle so they don't 'speak' to me as far as inspiration goes....

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Yes, that's a good idea but I want it curved... I have seen too many flat ones. Edited by mightymouse

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curved? crap... looks like ill hafta start over... i had a nice clean, what some would call flat but i call sharp, center stack and dash layed out... i think ill show it to you anyway... i think it really goes with the nice clean crisp aggressiveness of yur malibu...

the question still stands... manual or auto?

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oh well... i just left the gear shift spot blank... put what you would like in there...

i know you wanted curved... but i looked at yur car and something said to me "this interior needs to have sharp edges" so thats what i did...

um... the overhang bit has a peice of chrome or brushed aluminum trim running along it... as does the center section of each side... pretty much anywhere you see a thin white line means there is trimming there...

the center stack can be re-worked if you want... just tell me where you want the stuff moved and i will do it...

otherwise... hope you like it... i think this would look awesome in your car...

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mightymouse    1

curved? crap... looks like ill hafta start over... i had a nice clean, what some would call flat but i call sharp, center stack and dash layed out... i think ill show it to you anyway... i think it really goes with the nice clean crisp aggressiveness of yur malibu...

the question still stands... manual or auto?

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Good start...looks CTS-ish

Floor shifted automatic- I took a picture of the different shift knobs I might use.

I like the one with the thumb switch, that's on the shifter in the pic for squirting

you know what.

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I have one almost done but I am going to do more today. I incorporated the Chevy bowtie into the design like the Pontiac Banshee I did for GM 2037. It is much bigger though. BTW what colours would you prefer or should I just keep it a B&W sketch?

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mightymouse    1

I have one almost done but I am going to do more today. I incorporated the Chevy bowtie into the design like the Pontiac Banshee I did for GM 2037. It is much bigger though. BTW what colours would you prefer or should I just keep it a B&W sketch?

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B&W is fine..It'll be grays and charcoal.

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Here is my first sketch. The way the vents should be are a little of because of perspective issues. Sorry. The top of the dash, similar to the Riviera is two pieces, they both swoop down to blend in to the shape of the vents. I also did the engraved gauges idea similar to the Riviera using the speedo you had. There is also a little groove in the drivers side panel to go on the dash that would fit your guage that was on the dash perfectly. I had inspiration from the Solstice as well, hence the grab bar and kind of the overall shape. I ditched the bowtie idea I had because it just didn't work but I filled an empty boring space with a bowtie emblem that you could easily buy or take off a Chevy. Here it is, hope you like it.

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My first idea. I wasn't sure on the issue of the air conditioning, so I carried it over from the old interior.

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I'll try to go a little further the next time. :AH-HA_wink:

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ocnblu    772
How about the monolithic black dash and console from an '82 Camaro?

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New idea. The Bowtie serves as a radio housing, although I wouldn't leave the sides open like I sketched it. A metal or fiberglass filler panel would work great, though.

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capriceman    0

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I think of Tractor Trailors when i think of cool Interiors with gauges that are pointless.

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