I am working on a custom Scorpion (pics in another post) and needed a dash plate. So, I came up with this. Made out of 1/8 inch aluminum. I did this one entirely by hand. If I were to do a number I wouldn't hand make them.
This is it after wet sanding and polishing and with the woodgrain inserts set on it.
And finally some pictures of it on the sled. It is really shiny, the flash doesn't make it look so much so. If you look at the last pic, you can see the reflection of the choke in it !!
I am thinking that this is a good replacement for the original plastic panels that came on them. This is cut to the same dimensions. If I have someone re-pop the woodgrain inserts as decals, they would stick right to the plate easily.
My question is whether this is something others might have interest in if I reproduced some. I'd have to do some checking to see what it would cost to make just the plate to start with. Obviously I wouldn't polish them, I'd leave that whoever wanted to do that versus put some other finish or decal on it.
I know it really made the dash more solid once I bolted it on. Everything is dimensionaly the same as the stock dash plate except for the two screws in the upper corners. I added those to mine after it was on the sled since the Rupp gauges didn't tighten it down as tight as I wanted.
Let me know your thoughts either way. I know some don't like to deviate from stock, but the stock dash panels are getting hard to come by.
I have done some research on these. Looks like around $30 each with all cutouts done, made out of 1/8 inch aluminum. That is laser cut. I'd like to find a water jet to cut them as the cuts should be perfectly smooth then. But, what are the thoughts on that price point ?