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> Left Side Ignition, converting your dash
McMark
post Nov 25 2016, 11:52 AM
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About a year ago I struck a deal with Pete at Restoration Design to start reproducing the 914-6 dash piece. I gave him a discount on a fuel injection system in trade for the die development costs. He finished these up awhile ago, and they're now available on his web site. But it wasn't until now that I had time to install one. It's a pretty easy process that I'll detail here.

Here's the repalcement piece from RD. I intended the design to be cut apart and not installed as one piece. The idea is that you can mark the lock section and cut it out. And then what you're left with is the new piece and a template to mark the location where the new piece goes. The switch 'bump' and the little notch at the bottom of the dash are the alignment markers. It's not idiot proof though, so measure twice and cut once.

Marking where I want the cuts.
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Precision cutoff wheel work. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sunglasses.gif)
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Template in place to mark dash for cutting.
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More precision surgery. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/av-943.gif)
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Replacement piece fits in the hole.
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I TIG welded it, but MIG works fine. Go slow, take brakes. Heat is the enemy.Attached Image

Grind and smooth to a no-filler needed finish.
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All in all, it took me almost exactly 2 hours to install the piece. It's lined up perfectly with the other holes and it's ready for install.

I can do these for $200, send your dash to me and I'll convert it. This one isn't spoken for, but I'm saving first right of refusal for Rob (ConeDodger) since last I heard he wanted a left ignition. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/bye1.gif)
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McMark   Left Side Ignition   Nov 25 2016, 11:52 AM
Mueller   Neat!   Nov 25 2016, 11:59 AM
jim_hoyland   Which bezel will fit in the depression ? And you ...   Nov 25 2016, 02:15 PM
McMark   The original 914-6 bezel isn't available. But...   Nov 25 2016, 02:22 PM
Mark Henry   I had this part in my hand...maybe even that actua...   Nov 25 2016, 02:31 PM
mb911   I plan to do this at some point.. I need so many o...   Nov 25 2016, 02:57 PM
mepstein   I plan to do this at some point.. I need so many ...   Nov 25 2016, 04:17 PM
mb911   I plan to do this at some point.. I need so many...   Nov 25 2016, 05:02 PM
Krieger   Nice work Mark! Great planning for an easy in...   Nov 25 2016, 04:47 PM
jim_hoyland   Mark,. Would you post a pic with the ignition inse...   Nov 25 2016, 05:16 PM
McMark   Sunday will be the soonest I can. But no problem.   Nov 25 2016, 05:41 PM
ConeDodger   I want it! >:D   Nov 25 2016, 09:29 PM
jim_hoyland   I want it! >:D Are going to do the full...   Nov 26 2016, 06:02 PM
ConeDodger   I want it! >:D Are going to do the ful...   Nov 26 2016, 07:01 PM
jim_hoyland   I want it! >:D Are going to do the full...   Nov 26 2016, 06:02 PM
Harpo   Very nicely done Mark   Nov 26 2016, 07:10 AM
sixaddict   Mark: Is there any difference in the dash (70/71) ...   Nov 26 2016, 08:06 AM
mepstein   Mark: Is there any difference in the dash (70/71)...   Nov 26 2016, 09:44 AM
sixaddict   Mark: Is there any difference in the dash (70/71...   Nov 26 2016, 10:38 AM
McMark   [quote name='mepstein' post='2427500' date='Nov 2...   Nov 26 2016, 02:15 PM
McMark   Mark: Is there any difference in the dash (70/71)...   Nov 26 2016, 02:12 PM
396   Congrats with getting this part recreated. I gues...   Nov 26 2016, 08:51 AM
mb911   Congrats with getting this part recreated. I gue...   Nov 26 2016, 09:01 AM
mepstein   Congrats with getting this part recreated. I gu...   Nov 26 2016, 09:54 AM
Mark Henry   Could someone make a list of the parts needed to d...   Nov 26 2016, 09:31 AM
Larmo63   I found this older 911 switch and thought it might...   Nov 26 2016, 12:06 PM
jim_hoyland   I found this older 911 switch and thought it migh...   Nov 26 2016, 06:04 PM
tweet   I found this older 911 switch and thought it mig...   Jan 9 2017, 09:06 PM
McMark   Dash escutcheon picture. Apparently AutoAtlanta ...   Nov 26 2016, 02:20 PM
396   Dash escutcheon picture. Apparently AutoAtlanta...   Nov 26 2016, 07:47 PM
McMark   Quick question, how were you able to locate this ...   Nov 27 2016, 03:33 PM
396   Quick question, how were you able to locate this...   Nov 27 2016, 07:22 PM
Larmo63   It has a Porsche key in it. I'll use that. Thi...   Nov 26 2016, 06:19 PM
jim_hoyland   It has a Porsche key in it. I'll use that. Th...   Nov 26 2016, 06:25 PM
McMark   Here ya' go...   Nov 27 2016, 03:31 PM
Steve   Curious Mark... what if we do not want the expens...   Nov 27 2016, 04:36 PM
jim_hoyland   Curious Mark... what if we do not want the expen...   Nov 27 2016, 04:53 PM
jim_hoyland   Found it; only $29.95......yikes :blink:   Nov 27 2016, 08:36 PM
rick 918-S   Mark, there is a washer that goes on before the sh...   Nov 28 2016, 05:31 AM
McMark   Mark, there is a washer that goes on before the s...   Nov 28 2016, 09:11 AM
Harpo   Mark, there is a washer that goes on before the ...   Jan 16 2017, 09:34 AM
sixnotfour   its the same as the same year 911, but the PN is s...   Nov 28 2016, 11:00 AM
jim_hoyland   its the same as the same year 911, but the PN is ...   Nov 28 2016, 11:32 AM
tweet   its the same as the same year 911, but the PN is ...   Jan 9 2017, 09:20 PM
McMark   Yup, in the following order... Ignition Switch ...   Nov 28 2016, 01:19 PM
sixnotfour   Nice job McMark, :beer2: uneducated viewer , ya ...   Dec 1 2016, 11:02 AM
Harpo   What year 911 column do I need for this conversion...   Dec 3 2016, 08:46 PM
McMark   Only early cars and real 914-6 steering column wil...   Dec 4 2016, 11:01 AM
sixnotfour   911 columns 69-73   Dec 4 2016, 01:25 PM
Harpo   911 columns 69-73 Just in case anyone was wonde...   Jan 16 2017, 06:25 AM
jim_hoyland   [quote name='sixnotfour' post='2430287' date='Dec...   Jan 16 2017, 07:35 AM
Mark Henry   [quote name='sixnotfour' post='2430287' date='Dec...   Jan 17 2017, 09:54 PM
mb911   [quote name='sixnotfour' post='2430287' date='De...   Jan 18 2017, 06:16 AM
Steve   What if you don't care about the column switch...   Dec 4 2016, 02:04 PM
jim_hoyland   What if you don't care about the column switc...   Dec 4 2016, 02:14 PM
jim_hoyland   What if you don't care about the column switc...   Dec 5 2016, 05:19 PM
tweet   What if you don't care about the column swit...   Jan 9 2017, 09:38 PM
McMark   Yup, absolutely.   Dec 5 2016, 08:05 AM
SixerJ   Mark 1stly apologies for the hijack. I was thinkin...   Dec 20 2016, 05:34 PM
rhodyguy   Is there a desired plastic 'cup' on the ba...   Dec 20 2016, 07:44 PM
mepstein   Is there a desired plastic 'cup' on the b...   Dec 20 2016, 08:18 PM
SixerJ   More pictures Wiper stalk switches, from Right to...   Dec 21 2016, 06:38 AM
SixerJ   More I have figured out that there is indeed a di...   Dec 21 2016, 06:48 AM
McMark   This is turning into a great overall how-to thread...   Dec 21 2016, 06:58 AM
Mark Henry   I'm seeing two ways, a no lock with what looks...   Dec 21 2016, 07:53 AM
SixerJ   I'm seeing two ways, a no lock with what look...   Dec 21 2016, 08:37 AM
Harpo   Here is my diy 914-6 column   Dec 21 2016, 09:22 PM
gereed75   Mark, do you have any of the replacement bearing ...   Dec 22 2016, 07:32 AM
McMark   Gotta look if I still have my shim information or ...   Dec 22 2016, 01:08 PM
gereed75   Gotta look if I still have my shim information or...   Dec 22 2016, 01:18 PM
mepstein   Gotta look if I still have my shim information or...   Dec 22 2016, 01:19 PM
Harpo   Mark I would be interested in your bearing fix as ...   Jan 10 2017, 07:33 PM
Niklas   Do we have Porsche part no for all the parts neede...   Dec 22 2016, 01:33 PM
BuddyV   "Escutcheon"..... :) Only other time ...   Dec 22 2016, 09:17 PM
Harpo   I like trim ring, I can actually spell that   Dec 23 2016, 05:21 PM
Larmo63   BTW, I have two of theses ignition switches. I...   Jan 10 2017, 12:42 AM
McMark   I kinda thought so. Have one sitting here for you...   Jan 11 2017, 06:41 AM
McMark   The 914-6 steel column (steel tube portion) is abo...   Jan 16 2017, 08:09 AM
Harpo   Certainly not perfect but it will work in the shor...   Jan 16 2017, 01:10 PM
mb911   How come the -6 dash as such a deep recess versus ...   Jan 16 2017, 04:10 PM
Harpo   I believe it has to do with the angle of the dash.   Jan 16 2017, 04:31 PM
mb911   I believe it has to do with the angle of the dash...   Jan 16 2017, 05:36 PM
Mark Henry   That's why I'm asking if you can just fab ...   Jan 18 2017, 07:39 AM
mb911   That's why I'm asking if you can just fab...   Jan 18 2017, 03:03 PM
tweet   Hello All, We are trying to date when certain chan...   Jan 20 2017, 11:55 AM
SixerJ   Hello All, We are trying to date when certain cha...   Jan 21 2017, 01:44 AM
Harpo   I'm sure that it can be converted especially s...   Jan 20 2017, 07:34 PM
Mark Henry   Just got a deal on a 69-73 column from my buddy wh...   Jan 21 2017, 06:54 PM
mb911   Just got a deal on a 69-73 column from my buddy w...   Jan 22 2017, 07:29 AM
Mark Henry   Only thing is the switch doesn't have keys, ...   Jan 31 2017, 04:03 PM
Mark Henry   Thanks Ben. :wavebye:   Jan 22 2017, 08:15 AM
mb911   Thanks Ben. :wavebye: Np.. If you need pictur...   Jan 22 2017, 09:05 AM
Mark Henry   Here's my collection so far : I just got the i...   Jan 28 2017, 08:33 AM
mb911   If you flip the switch with the key portion facing...   Jan 28 2017, 08:54 AM
Mark Henry   If you flip the switch with the key portion facin...   Jan 28 2017, 08:59 AM
mb911   If you flip the switch with the key portion faci...   Jan 28 2017, 09:08 AM
Harpo   Mark, mine were the same way. Mine came right out...   Jan 28 2017, 12:09 PM
Mark Henry   Mark, mine were the same way. Mine came right ou...   Jan 28 2017, 11:38 PM
Larmo63   I have a couple of early ignition switches for sal...   Jan 28 2017, 02:17 PM
Harpo   It appears that the 914 & 911 column are very ...   Feb 19 2017, 10:06 AM
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