1972 Triumph Spitfire Handmade Dash
My little ’72 Spitfire shipped with a plastic dash. It was the last year for that style and I envied models with the upgraded interior. Looking at the aftermarket ones I was not happy with their finish quality or their price – usually around $400 for CnCd plywood with $20 worth of veneer.
Anyhow I decided to make my own.
I traced the original dash onto 1/4-inch cherry and then cut it out with a jigsaw to make the blank. Next I punched in the words with my steel type set. Two panels were gently curved by steaming and clamping in place. Layers and layers of varnish are the only way to get the rich, deep finish and raised grain that makes people crazy. That was the longest part of the job. Lastly I used thinned white paint and wiped it over the embossed typography.
Between you and me – when I sold this car I never told the buyer it wasn’t a factory dash. But he never asked.
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