1968 Convertible Conversion

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 18 Jun 2017, 20:44

Here is a photo of the burled walnut material that I will be using for my dash face.
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I really like the color and the pattern of the laminate.
Steven
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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 28 Jun 2017, 17:07

Here is my test fit of my burled walnut on my gauge cluster. I have a little more sanding to get the clearances I want. After the sanding I'll move on to the openings for the wiper switch, turn signal, belts and brake. Once everything is cut and sanded I'll remove the clear plastic protector over the material.

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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 18 Jul 2017, 11:25

I've been continuing with my dash restoration and modification. One thing that was bothering me was the indicator lenses for the dash. They were tired and faded. While shopping for school supplies I found a rather inexpensive solution to my indicator lens problem. I purchased a pack of notebook tab dividers, The dividers have transparent colors of red, green, blue and yellow.

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I removed the worn indicator lenses from their bezels at cut the tab dividers to fit over the lenses. I inserted the cut tab dividers into the bezels followed by the factory lenses. The end result is a clean transparent lens in the proper colors to correspond with the indicator.

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Our Cougars

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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by xr7g428 » 18 Jul 2017, 11:43

Brilliant!
Bill Basore, Editor / Publisher
Legendary Cougar Magazine
Currently in the Cat House
'67 XR7 GT 390 4 speed, AC, AM FM, Lime Frost Green
'68 XR7-G 428CJ C6, Tilt-Away, AM, Black Cherry
'68 XR7-G 390 4 speed, Sunroof, Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 GT-E 427 C6 AM Cardinal Red
'68 XR7 resto mod 351W, soon to be AOD, Black Cherry

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by wish » 18 Jul 2017, 13:15

The dividers have transparent colors of red, green, blue and yellow.
As Bill said, "Brilliant!". I was looking for something for my shift indicator as the plastic shield in there was covered in goo and proceeded to return to particle form on cleaning. This should do just perfectly!
Just my $.02
wish
69 Cougar, That 70s Truck, 84 Cherokee Chief 2dr, 88 Grand Wagoneer, 95 Grand Cherokee,96 Mustang

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 18 Jul 2017, 14:10

Thanks guys. The pictures show everything well but the indicators look better in person. I think everything will really look good when I get the LED bulbs I ordered from WCCC's installed. Between this, LED's and the new blue diffusers I installed I can hardly wait to see the end result.
Steven
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Our Cougars

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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 22 Jul 2017, 19:44

I finished dressing up the high-beam indicator lens this afternoon. I ordered a used one from WCCC's, even after cleaning it needed a bit more help. A clear tab divider did the trick.

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Our Cougars

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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by DieselD » 22 Jul 2017, 23:11

Great idea!, thinking outside the box!

I may have to steal this idea from
You when I get to this point in my build.
1968 Standard, 302 2v, 3 speed.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 06 Aug 2017, 15:06

Here is another picture of my dash overlay. I'm getting close to having all 3 of the pieces fitted.

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Our Cougars

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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 19 Aug 2017, 21:13

I'm pretty much complete with my dash overlay. I've been working on installing a mini-tach. Seeing that the Cougar mini-tach is unavailable I opted to use RCCI's Mustang mini-tach.

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I follow up with Brian "BAC" on his install and he was great at answering my questions. You can read about Brian's mini-tach here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6578&p=68094&hilit=Mini+tach#p68094

The picture below is a test fit with my custom lens using the Cougar clock lens's center. I cut it loose with an exacto knife and mounted to the new lens. The new lens has a green appearance because of the protective coating of the plexiglass. I'll remove the protective coating when I'm sure no more cutting and sanding of the lens needs to be done.

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Steven
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Our Cougars

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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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