I made the plywood plugs for the ash tray holes on the door surrounds and epoxied them in place. I spent some more time sanding the dash and it is now ready for veneer. The new veneer arrived and I like the cherry much better than the walnut.
Today I applied the veneer to the dash and the instrument surround. I used contact cement and it worked great. The instrument surround is suppose to be painted in a faux finish but I like the veneer better.
I worked some more on the wooden door surrounds. I scraped and sanded the old varnish off. Next I applied the veneer to hide the ash tray hole. I was able to complete 3 of the 4 surrounds before I ran out of materials. I will have to order some more cherry veneer. The dash has received its final coat of polyurethane ( I hope ). I am using satin finish marine polyurethane, I like the low sheen and it should be durable. I am waiting for a break in the weather to resume metal work on the body. We had no rain for most of the summer and now we have had 14 inches in the last ten days. The rain has caused flooding in the area ( including my basement ).
I did some assembly on the dash, installed the ashtrays after polishing them, and some chrome strips for the instrument surround. The chrome bezels for the instruments still have to be glued in place. What kind of glue?
I glued the bezels in place with some glue I got at the hardware store. It never dried. I tried to cure it with a heat lamp. The heat expanded the metal and cracked the veneer. Not happy. I took everything off the instrument panel and filled the crack. One more coat of polly and then I epoxied the bezels in place. Much better result.
I started to assemble the instrument cluster, upon checking the speedometer's trip reset I discovered it would not work. I opened the case and after some fiddling I got it to work. I also reset the odometer to 0 miles and then attached a drill motor to the input shaft. I spun up the speed to 45 mph and put 1 mile on the instrument. Next to the clock. While trying to attach power to it to check the operation I noticed their was no way to adjust the time. woops! I opened up the case to discover the adjusting arm was missing. Gone. Using some music wire and some small brass tube I constructed a new one and reassembled everything. I applied power and presto, it works. It keeps pretty good time to.
The dip switch for the head lights was stuck fast so I dissembled it, one internal plastic part was cracked. I made a replacement out of some available materials and got the switch to work about 1/4 of the time. My part was just not precisely enough made. Ill Need to try again. I looked on ebay for a replacement but no luck.