The more subtle the customization, the less modification, the less the area stands out and the easier on the eye, resulting in a very tasteful result only noticed by the eagle eyed and not by the masses.
We had to fit our AC/heater instrument panel into the cockpit, somewhere within the driver’s reach. The panel could go under the dash, but we don’t want to clutter up the cab and also want to keep the look of the interior as original as possible.
Our classic restoration solution involved a little work and customizing which meant moving the glove box and speedometer housing to the edges of the dashboard, creating extra room in the center, for us to make our raised platform to house the AC/heater instrument panel. The raised step also mimics the steps in the glove box and speedometer housing to keep the flow of the original design, so it looks as though it was born from the factory.
Check out the build process below.
Original dash layout versus our placement of the control panel
Operation begins with cutting out the glove box door.
Set in new position, to the right of its original position.
Repeating the same operation only moving to the left of its original position.
Basic tooling made to create the step, to mimic original style openings .
Grafting into position.
End result of classic restoration looks as though it came that way from the factory….