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Should I substitute a beautiful mahogany solid wood dash for the original in 54 chevy panel truck?
I am capable of recreating the dash of wood but am not sure of the resulting esthetics.
posted: May 2, 2008
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Depends on your taste mostly. I myself love things to be stock, right down to factory clips, etc. I have seen alot of customs and can appreciate the time and money which goes into them but me personally would rather keep things "as original".

Just my 2 bits...
posted:  May 5, 2008
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I agree with spudder. I do like cars in their original shape and condition, however mahogany sounds nice. Do you have a picture you could post so that we could see what it looks like? That might help in the opinion poll.
posted:  May 5, 2008
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Spudder, Thrill; I agree with both of you. But, I need a couple of opinions before uncovering and cranking the old wood machines. I won't get a photo until I fab it and I won't fab it until I weigh the opinions. I want a driver and I love the factory. However, when I open the foor to the 3100 panel, the big old "Hole" and space of the back seems to dwarf the factory dash. I, don't know. Maybe with wood I can lower the profile and add a couple of air/heat outlets, ledge, etc. while keeping the main profile. Thanks!
posted:  May 5, 2008
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Granted, both of the pictures of these Chevy panels is not a 54 but it does point out the differences between wood and non wood. I guess it is just a matter of personal opinion and what appearance you are striving for.
posted:  May 8, 2008
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Will-the-Thrill, kind sounds a little like Whip-er-will-------Now, you have done allright showing 2 different styles of dashes. And, I like the heck out of both. But, Thrill, where is the wood? I've blown both photos past 600 and I can't find WOOd! Just like the hungry termite screamed when he was blown into a metal building---WHEEEERZEE'S DA WOOOOD?
posted:  May 8, 2008
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Well by golly you are right. With my poor eyesight I thought that was wood. I guess you could just pretend that it is for reference, or here is another picture I found on the internet. It's not a panel but it will give you a close reference I guess. Seeing this I would have to go back to my opinion that I like the original or "stock" look. Good luck on your endeavors.
posted:  May 8, 2008
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Good shot, WTT. Thanks for the follow through. However, without any confirmation, I may bet that that dash is out of some veneer. Where I believe the difference would be; chosen mahogany with one solid plank, no difference in strip color, etc. Just a solid chunk of good wood and I'm talking a shine you could pick your teeth through. One old boy said once. "I wanna see the back of my head in that board!" Well, thanks for you fellas helping me beat that horse to a pulp.
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