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Paul
07-12-03, 14:08
Anyone changed or thought of changing the dash control knobs for stainless or ali?
I've had a word with a mate at work and he says he'll copy the originals but in solid stainless, he'll even do the 'D' on the fixing hole so it'll fit as the original :)
I was thinking of shot/vapour blasting them to give a frosted/matt look?
The ones I can think of straight away are the fan and temp ones, maybe also the dimmer switch.

Any links or photos of similar mod available?

Paul

Gaz Walker
07-12-03, 14:14
Funny you say that, I was thinking just the same thing yesterday.

Chrome will not do for the knobs, they'll look crap straightaway. Matt sounds good :)

Gaz.

Paul
07-12-03, 14:25
Hi Gaz,
yeah, I thought that a turned finish would look cheap and polished would make them annoying when sunny.
Simple to blast them, only I may have to laquer them cause blasting may make finger prints show all the time?

Great minds think alike! :D

Paul

Gaz Walker
07-12-03, 14:31
Paul,

Yeah :)

I'll look into this a bit more tommorow - and see what finishes are available

It wont take long to make em up.

livvy
08-12-03, 09:41
Gaz - if you're going to be selling these, put me down for a set!

Cheers,

PJ

Steve W2
08-12-03, 09:47
Brushed Aluminium finish is the way forward, should be cheap too!:)

Mark Ayling
08-12-03, 10:07
Up for a set :thumbs:

SimonB
08-12-03, 18:30
I could definitely be persuaded to buy a set of these...:)

Paul
08-12-03, 18:44
Fook sake! should have kept quite and made a few quid :D

Gaz, if it helps, my 'turner' mate has already started the project today, we have decided in ali as stainless looked too 'grey'.
What we are doing is making caps to fit over the originals, having a wall thickness of 0.5/0.75mm, they are hardly any bigger than the originals and fit tight over the top :thumbs:
This method gives the look without the hassle of worrying about
the fittings.

The finish we have settled on is more of a brushed ali, polished in the lathe with scotchbrite. On the temp control one is a small line or pointer, this we have achieved by masking and shot blasting a line on the ali, looks well smart!

Complete with rounded off corners like the originals and I've asked him to knock up one for the radio/cd (Toyota type).
With this, he'll mill a through slot to line up with the clear line on it, still allowing the green backlight to shine through.

Paul

Steve W2
09-12-03, 08:36
Wxcellent. Let us know when you will start the sales!:)

Gaz Walker
09-12-03, 09:14
Paul, if he wants to make them, you can put the sales through us if you cant be bothered with sending them out and taking payment etc?

Just an idea, drop me a PM and we can sort something out.

Gaz.

michael
09-12-03, 09:21
Sounds interesting, is there a RHD brushed ally dashboard trim set you can get to brighten things up - instead of doing the AVC-R black to match the dash it might be easier to make the dash match the AVC-R and then I can get a silver stereo too, choice is limited in the black MP3 players it seems!

Suprash
09-12-03, 16:50
Err, wont the nobs just look a bit weired, if you could have all the dash buttons and nobs done it might be ok, I dunno......

Paul
09-12-03, 19:32
Gaz, not sure if he wants to go into 'mass production', he done this for me for the price of a couple of packs of fags :p
I'll ask, not sure he will though as it was a 'homer', done instead of what he's being paid to do :D

See your point Ashley but what I was after was a few select highlights in ali, all switches would look too much imo. I've settled on just the round control knobs for now as they form a nice line down the left of the dash.
Not finished yet but will post a pic when done, have tried one tonight and they look as good as I thought they would.

Paul

bromy
11-12-03, 08:31
Had a go at making some myself, made them from aluminium bar polished with scotchbrite, manufactured them properly like the originals with the 'd' on the back and nice radius edges, really good fit, i dont like them though make the dash look really cheap.
Photos to follow
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nick

bromy
11-12-03, 08:32
more

bromy
11-12-03, 08:34
last one

bromy
11-12-03, 08:36
close up of front

Suprash
11-12-03, 08:37
It looks good on its own mate, good work, I couldnt even make that, just that as I said, with just the nobs being replaced it looks a little out of place..... :thumbs:

Steve W2
11-12-03, 08:38
Bromy, I think they look good. They would even better against my metallic black dash:D

bromy
11-12-03, 08:41
If enough people want them i will manufacture.


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nick

Paul
11-12-03, 12:04
Mine are the same, as you say the scotchbrite finish makes them look crap.
I have now polished mine, removing the turning marks and they do look much better. Also done the radio one so I have three in a row down the left side of the dash.
I haven't polished to a mirror finish, just enough to stop them looking home made if you see what I mean? :p

Paul

Paul
12-12-03, 00:16
Now got a photo!
Polished the lot then 'brushed' finish on the sides. Note, the dark line on the top of the foremost one was achieved by masking then shotblasting (temp control knob).
Will do a photo with all three fitted, Nicks photo of one only doesn't do them justice imo.

Paul

Paul
12-12-03, 00:18
One more pic............

Paul

Steve W2
12-12-03, 08:14
Originally posted by Paul
One more pic............

Paul

I'd take some of your hands:)

Paul
12-12-03, 09:31
Cheers Steve, but I don't think my bloke that turned them is interested in doing a run of them :(
As you can see they can be made to look half decent by doing a polish and/or brushed.
What Nick has done is similar, they just need to be finished :D ;) , so the best bet is for Nick to go with this and either he or you put he desired finish to them. They are very easy to work with being aluminium, maybe put them in a drill and spin to brush and polish?
I'll have another word Monday with my mate but I think Nick is your man :thumbs:

Cheers, Paul.

Steve W2
12-12-03, 11:49
Originally posted by Paul
Cheers Steve, but I don't think my bloke that turned them is interested in doing a run of them :(
As you can see they can be made to look half decent by doing a polish and/or brushed.
What Nick has done is similar, they just need to be finished :D ;) , so the best bet is for Nick to go with this and either he or you put he desired finish to them. They are very easy to work with being aluminium, maybe put them in a drill and spin to brush and polish?
I'll have another word Monday with my mate but I think Nick is your man :thumbs:

Cheers, Paul.

Cheers mate, either or really. I do work for an engineering firm and could probabl get them made myself (contacts;) ) but thought if you guys have already done em......

If someone can get a set for me I could polish them myself at work, we have all the gear.

Would have to venture into the gloomy midst that is the shop floor though:eek:

oxygene
12-12-03, 12:15
On my auto Im thinking it might be kewl to have a brushed ali plate where the "P, R, N, D, 3, 2, 1" indicators are. The plastic one looks a bit boring.

Answers on a postcard..?

Steve W2
12-12-03, 12:25
Originally posted by oxygene
On my auto Im thinking it might be kewl to have a brushed ali plate where the "P, R, N, D, 3, 2, 1" indicators are. The plastic one looks a bit boring.

Answers on a postcard..?

I would look ok if you sprayed your dash metallic black:D

Like...........oh, me!!

:D

oxygene
12-12-03, 12:28
Got a pic...?