Custom Dash for a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda

How to Build a Custom Dash for a Barracuda

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My buddy Scott Hallner’s a hard working man! He found a 1967 Barracuda that I think alot of people would have passed on. It had what’s known as some, “rust issues”. OK, the car was rusty BAD! Check this out:

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Scott did a pretty amazing job replacing body panels and a host of other body work & paint, then he got to work on updating nearly everything in the car to install a pretty nasty Dodge small block. See all of his work in his MyRideisMe.com Garage. Along the way, he turned his attention to dash. He’d already installed a Vintage Air system, so to finish it off, he made a completely custom dash. Here’s the finished product, then you can see how he did it below.

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Making a Custom Dash and Gauge Cluster

1) The plastic cluster and trim were trashed so I started w/sheetmetal. A local HVAC shop bent my piece for free. A piece of cardboard was used to mock up the layout. 1967 Barracuda, custom dash, how-to

2) Making the gauge pods: Scott used exhaust scraps that were 3.5 and 3″ in diameter. 3.5″ is perfect for Auto Meter 3 5/8″ gauges. 3″ is a bit large for 2 5/8″ gauges, so I cut the tailpipe and shrunk it down to about 2 3/4″.
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3) Holes were cut with a Dremel and die grinder. This took the most time of all. Take your time to trim the pods and cut the holes, especially if you’re trying to angle the gauges toward the driver’s seat.
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4) Trimmed to fit the dash
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5) Backside shows the welding 1967 Barracuda, custom dash, how-to

6) I made a matching piece for the glove box trim and finished off the small gaps with some filler. 1967 Barracuda, custom dash, how-to

7) In primer
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8) Painted -  Top half is wrinkle paint, bottom is Summit base/clear
1967 Barracuda, custom dash, how-to

1967 Barracuda, custom dash, how-to

9) Dash painted hot rod black – then the Vintage Air system installed
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Finished Custom Dash!
11) Gauges are Auto Meter Sport Comp II I went with all electric gauges. 1967 Barracuda, custom dash, how-to 1967 Barracuda, custom dash, how-to

1967 Barracuda, custom dash, how-to

I think it looks fantastic! (and even better in person) Scott’s inspired me to try something custom for my Falcon wagon project. It’s kind of a, if he can do it… so can I! Right? If you’ve put a custom dash in your hot rod, let me know! I can always use more inspiration. Thanks Scott!