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I know this question had been beaten to death, but anyone got any different kinda dash setups? This thing breaks just by sitting in the sun. Top part is great but I can tell it's very brittle.... I cannot afford to have an aluminum dash installed plus I don't wanna give up my gauge cluster... Considering it's original with original mileage. Would like to keep things where they are as far as radio and ac controls and vents. I know it's gonna be a tough project and a decently expensive one. Budget ain't the greatest for this type of thing but I'm tired of the duct tape rigged looking super glue dash haha..

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Anyone. I know this has been beaten to death.

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What do you want? You already know the parts, other than the top, are hard to find. Take a day and start looking through u-pull-it yards and you might find what you need. Search Craigs list for part out trucks. Plan on spending some money for both parts and paint. It is an all day sucker to replace. Lots of screws under it that hold the defroster vents, etc.
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What do you want? You already know the parts, other than the top, are hard to find. Take a day and start looking through u-pull-it yards and you might find what you need. Search Craigs list for part out trucks. Plan on spending some money for both parts and paint. It is an all day sucker to replace. Lots of screws under it that hold the defroster vents, etc.
Basically if anyone has done anything like a different style or fabrication.. like a diamond plate dash or something

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Ever priced or worked with diamond plate? Most DIY people have neither the skills or equipment to make a decent looking dash.

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Actually my plan was to bend and weld. Just need a dash that doesn't fall apart anymore haha. Not to worried about looks but I ain't gonna use cardboard. Lol. Even thought about doing the whole dash in wood but then fires started in my head.. idk. I've never met anyone who works with it to answer your question. Really was just looking for insight and advice on what I could do. Or if anyone had pictures of what they did for inspiration

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Of course you have worked the search function and found threads like this
https://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/9...ld-thread.html
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Of course you have worked the search function and found threads like this

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I looked around a little bit. But got tired of waiting 30 seconds per search and some things I looked into said I didn't have permission 0_0

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I looked around a little bit. But got tired of waiting 30 seconds per search and some things I looked into said I didn't have permission 0_0

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I looked around a little bit. But got tired of waiting 30 seconds per search and some things I looked into said I didn't have permission 0_0

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why not just use search engine ha ha LOL? It's faster and covers more articles LOL....
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Actually my plan was to bend and weld. Just need a dash that doesn't fall apart anymore haha. Not to worried about looks but I ain't gonna use cardboard. ... Really was just looking for insight and advice on what I could do.
I stripped out my interior. Removed the plastic scraps from the steel dash frame. Re-installed the bare frame back in the truck and started fabricating with 3/4" steel tubing. Bending, cutting, welding, tapping and fitting with my MIG welder, Torch set, Plasma cutter and etc.
I stopped at the functional "skeleton" stage, but I could continue to fabricate a skin of fiberglass and make it look "pretty", but I don't know if l'll do that...I like it as is.

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