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blackwidow67
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 11:56 am    Post subject: Oval dash in a late bug Reply with quote

was wondering about puting a oval dash in my 73 any sugestions
ideas will it even work
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah...don't. Are you going to replace the windows/fenders, etc too? Thats a ton of work to put into a 73 (no offense). You could buy a decent oval for a reasonable amount with alot less work.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i know even from oval to 58 dashs have mojor differences around the bottom of the windshield and the lower area where it wraps under.

oh ya and dont do it!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oval owners have a hard enough time finding replacement because the PO hacked up the original to put in a new style stereo. Talking from personal experience. oh, dont do it...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what are you trying to accomplish by putting the dash in there?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its really not worth the effort. you can pull it off but why not just get an oval a 73 is a whole different car its a fatchick it will never look like a real oval
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2004 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The hard part is the oval dash ashtray area is twice as wide (has a gradual curve) as the later '58 and newer bugs (more boxy box). To do this right you pretty much have to cut teh entire bottom of the dash up to the firewall.

But once you do get it in right, it just won't look right IMO. I'm not a purist in any sense of the word, but I'm a design freak. An oval dash just won't look right in your bug. Would be like putting a Model A dash in a Ford Escort, any way you put it it just won't look correct...
Here's my dash I made. There's other better ways if you want a custom dash to give you ideas...
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