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Brett Proctor

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All this time I've been looking in the wrong spot.

Instead of looking at the dashes I should have been looking at the doors.

These came out of a Nissan. They measure 12" long X 1" wide

I started to pay more attention to the doors and there are alot of choices out there for vents that are about the right size for the dash
 

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CyCo

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I think someone over here used two from a Kombi, and found it was almost the came curvature of the windscreen, and the two vents cover a lot of the windscreen, if you understand what I mean. But what model Kombi, I can't remember.
 

Brett Proctor

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I think someone over here used two from a Kombi, and found it was almost the came curvature of the windscreen, and the two vents cover a lot of the windscreen, if you understand what I mean. But what model Kombi, I can't remember.

I would like to check those out but I have never seen a Kombi here in the USA let alone one in the salvage yard.

Starting to finish up the dash so I'm looking for defroster vents now.
Found these in a Honda. One draw back about the door defroster vents is that they're straight and don't have a curve to them but they do have some unique shapes.
 

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letterman7

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*thumbs up* Same vents I embedded into the sides of my old car with hoses linked to the nostrils in the hood.. sort of a 'ram-air' ventilation setup. Worked well up until the airflow exceeded the flow out of the cockpit.

I'm still marveling at the awesomness that is the dash you made...
 

Brett Proctor

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I'm still marveling at the awesomness that is the dash you made...

Thanks Rick, I like this one better than the other also. It makes it look less like a kit car.

This vent is out of a VW Jeta. I had to heat it up and make the curve of the vent fit better for the dash lines.
 

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letterman7

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Ok, dumb question now... would it be just as easy, figuratively speaking, to simply cut the holes in the shape you want and build your own deflector gridwork either internally or on top than trying to find existing vents? I'm just thinking about what I have in my own shop.. eggcrate grilles for fluorescent lights can be trimmed, heated and bent to shape; a simple mesh grille over top of it all would keep items from falling in the vents (like screws... don't ask how I know...) :D
 

islandman

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Dash looks interesting from the top, whilst the colour and shine looks great I assume you are going to trim it right? otherwise you will get some serious reflection on the windscreen impairing your visibility :worried:
 

Brett Proctor

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Dash looks interesting from the top, whilst the colour and shine looks great I assume you are going to trim it right? otherwise you will get some serious reflection on the windscreen impairing your visibility :worried:

I have plans to upholster parts of the dash so that should cut down on the glare.

Which brings me to Ricks idea
Ok, dumb question now... would it be just as easy, figuratively speaking, to simply cut the holes in the shape you want and build your own deflector gridwork either internally or on top than trying to find existing vents? I'm just thinking about what I have in my own shop.. eggcrate grilles for fluorescent lights can be trimmed, heated and bent to shape; a simple mesh grille over top of it all would keep items from falling in the vents (like screws... don't ask how I know...) :D

With the upholstery up to the vent opening I can snap the vent in place and it should look like a clean factory job(I hope) Alot of different styles of vents out there and if I can find one that works that will be less work for me and I'm for that:D

Frontal view of the dash
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islandman

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It was only after I posted on this thread that I went to look at your build thread Brett. I am in awe at your fibre glass skills, patience and attention to detail. I really wish I had half of your patience and skills to be able to make plugs and molds the way you do. Superb work *thumbs up*
 

Brett Proctor

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Thanks David


My old boss had a saying that I never forgot.
"we may not do much, but what we do is good"
For some reason I never forgot that and I've always tried to do quality work, no matter who it's for. I was around 18 years old at the time

Brett
 

Brett Proctor

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I was just thinking*hmmm*

What do you guy's think about instead of upholstering the dash, put that film that looks like carbon fiber over it??

I wonder if it would hold up against the sun and heat from here.

Just a thought . I remember someone was talking about it at one time.

Maybe it wouldn't look so good on a dash*hmmm*
 

Flyer615

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What do you guy's think about instead of upholstering the dash, put that film that looks like carbon fiber over it??

I wonder if it would hold up against the sun and heat from here.

Here's my humble opinion. I think it would look great. As a film, however, I'm not too convinced it would hold up ... especially where you are. Now, if you were going to have it inside most of the time, it might not mess up as fast as if it were outside all the time. But, I was in Las Vegas one time when my shoes were almost melting on the sidewalk. Lotsa heat. A film would be held on with some sort of adhesive.

As I understand it, a carbon fiber look is relatively easy to accomplish with an airbrush and a window screen. I think I would rather have it painted on than stuck on. Anyways, that's just my opinion ... and it's worth exactly what you paid for it. :p

Edited to say: I made a mistake. It's not window screen. It's that anti-slip pad that you line a toolbox drawer with. Start with a dark color (black is best), then a silver, then finishing with a graphite color with the mask shifted slightly. There are several tutorials on YouTube.
 
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Flyer615

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By way of example, here is are a couple of rivets that I put on the leg piece of a Tinman outfit built for the local high school play. From straight on, they look fairly real. From the side, they're just paint on flat roof flashing. The point is, that real carbon fiber only shows through a clear smooth surface. With paint and a clear coat, no one can tell that it's not real. Anyone can produce rivets or carbon fiber or any of a lot of other effects pretty easily (pro airbrushers don't want you to know that). I say -- paint that sucker. *rock on*

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With the skills that you already possess, Brett, painting a carbon fiber effect will be gravy.

Ken
 

CyCo

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In general, carbon fiber tends to be glossy. Now I know that depends on lots of things, but a glossy dash isn't good for these cars. If you do go for a carbon fiber look, make sure it's a matt finish.

There are newer techniques out there for real carbon fiber. Not that I've read up on them in a while. But there is a type of carbon fiber where you don't need a high temp kiln. Still need to put in in a vacuum bag though. You can use those vacuum storage bags, but I don't think you can get one big enough for your dash. Get the biggest one you can find, and buy two. Cut the one end off both, and melt the edges together. Block off one of the vacuum fittings. Slide in the dash and a way you go.

;)

Ok, that's over simplifying it, but maybe it could work. lol
 

Flyer615

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That is a sexy vent ... in as much as a vent can be sexy. The contour follows the dash lines. And, it's got a feature that is fairly important in my case - it's pencil proof. *thumbs up*
 

CyCo

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Nice find. You may even be able to use two and cover the full width of the dash.

*thumbs up*
 

Brett Proctor

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Nice find. You may even be able to use two and cover the full width of the dash.

*thumbs up*


The car does come with a left and right side but because of the vents size I thought putting both on might be to much for the dash, so I thought I'd try just one instead.

Maybe I can find a smaller version of it.
 

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