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Teh E36 M3
Teh E36 M3 UltraDork
11/22/22 5:15 p.m.

1st round gauge/dash mock-up. Just got the speedo/tach in from speedhut. At first look, I really like the product. At first I thought the yellow tach was like wearing a Ferrari track suit, but I can see it actually shows up much better than the black. The dash will be refined as I go along. Gauge layout is how I like it so far- switches will be below aux gauges, and I'm considering covering  the dash in alcantara. Right now it's just black painted plywood. I also have an a/f gauge that I'll likely put down and left of the speedo.  
The real challenge is how to finish the edges of the gauge panel and keep the dash shelf while having it look finished.  
Also, this gauge setup doesn't really match up with the wood steering wheel so I may look into a momo prototipo, competition, or Monte Carlo. 

edit- the dash will sit lower so the tach and speedo tops aren't obscured. 

JoeTR6 Dork
11/22/22 7:53 p.m.

I like that.  Nice.

Teh E36 M3
Teh E36 M3 UltraDork
11/28/22 7:48 p.m.

Trudging with varying motivational levels as I near the last mile.  
painted the roll bar.  
installed windshield/mirrors. 
mocked rear panel. 
mocked center console. 
mocked air dam. 

maybe tomorrow the "roll" keeps up and I'll blast out the final dash and console and paint em up. 

Teh E36 M3
Teh E36 M3 UltraDork
11/30/22 5:32 p.m.

Got a dash worked up that I sorta dig. Could get around how to finish the sides of the full parcel shelf so my thought is to just leave an open glovebox. 

So what the hell do you use as a cover material? Leather? Vinyl? Alcantara? Carbon fiber cloth?


bumpsteer New Reader
11/30/22 5:57 p.m.

Stained maple veneer?

Teh E36 M3
Teh E36 M3 UltraDork
11/30/22 8:07 p.m.

I'm not really sure if they let you on track with wood? I'm totally naive to these sort of rules. Also not sure the wood motif will be too busy but I'll see if I can't scare up a decent piece of maple ply and just cut a new dash out of it. There is so much black on the car that doing a black dash and rear panel is attractive to me. 

Teh E36 M3
Teh E36 M3 UltraDork
12/13/22 6:42 p.m.

Getting some progress. That faux leatherette E36 M3 I got is just fantastic. It is nice and matte, feels really nice in hand and looks great covering the panels. I'm about ready to start in with the wiring with maybe another day sorting the dash and console. 

nocones PowerDork
12/13/22 7:35 p.m.

You are really doing an excellent job finishing this thing off.  I'm taking notes for how you are doing it for when I get to that part on the more streetification of mine 

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