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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2013, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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What year dash in my 65 SS Convertible....

I just put my 65 SS Convertible in a restoration shop to be completely redone over the winter. The one thing I have never liked about 65's is the dashboard. IS it possible to fit a different year dashboard in a 65? If so which ones.

59 would be my favorite, followed by 61/62.

I should mention that I am having a new crate LS3 installed, so I will be using newer aftermarket instruments in whichever dash I use.

Even if it is not possible to switch with another year, has anyone done a completely custom dash in their 65?

I do NOT like the Dakota Digital dash's for the 65/66 year, although their 61/62 is killer.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2013, 09:06 PM
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Anything is possible if you are a decent fabricator/welder.

I recall that one of our members has a 59 dash in a later Impala. I did a quick search, but couldn't find it. Perhaps he can post pics for us.

Two doors, four doors, wagons, and ragtops.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2013, 09:22 PM
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A 66 Impala dash is a bolt in, easy. And yes anything is possible with enough time and money.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2013, 10:15 PM
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Welcome to the Team!

The member's name is Donnie out of Orlando FL, but I forgot his user name.

I would slap a '67 Corvette dash in it.

http://www.cranescorvette.com/0001cluster67.jpg

http://playtoysclassiccars.com/wp-co...sh-Gauges1.jpg

You would need to create a raise semicircular steel pod that slopes back into the original dash board by welding your fabricated receiving part into the metal portion of the dash. I would then fill any voids in the stock dash on either side with flat sheet metal holding two additional gauges (I would suggest a mechanical Vacuum gauge and a mechanical Transmission Oil Temperature gauge).

That's what I would do your ideas may vary.

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That was WELDVAIR.
Here's a pic he posted. I found his thread by searching on '59 dash'. I know, I know, this is why they pay me the big bucks at work.

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1432
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Yes, He's had some health issues lately and I hope he's doing OK. Haven't heard from him in several weeks.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 10:37 AM
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I'm back......I had computer problems.

As far as the 59 dash in a 65 if you need info on how to do it
let me know.

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