Today, more dash work -
Fitting the billet aluminum dash gauge face plate: Although made for this application, you need to double check all this before paint. Even it it fits - snuggly - that's too tight. The application of primer and paint will add several mils of material to the edge, material that will flake off with the slightest pressure - so the plate has to fit in easily, with a slight gap. That meant material was going to have to be removed.....
I removed material from the edges of the aluminum plate with 80 grit, then 120G and finally - and only because it was on the unseen edge - finished it with 240G. If you did this on a forward facing piece, it would have to be finished with 600G (at least).
Next, I whipped up some new tabs to be welded to the back of the dash to hold the dash plate.
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