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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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post Nov 25 2016, 11:59 AM
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Neat!
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post Nov 25 2016, 02:15 PM
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Which bezel will fit in the depression ?
And you need tha entire dash from door to door ?
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post Nov 25 2016, 02:22 PM
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The original 914-6 bezel isn't available. But it could be remade REALLY easily. So that's not too far down the line. It could be 3D printed incredibly easily.

Yeah, for me to do the install I need the full dash frame. Unfortunately there's no other way.
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post Nov 25 2016, 02:31 PM
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I had this part in my hand...maybe even that actual part. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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post Nov 25 2016, 02:57 PM
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I plan to do this at some point.. I need so many other things first.. I wonder what the total cost is for doing the complete conversion?
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post Nov 25 2016, 04:17 PM
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QUOTE(mb911 @ Nov 25 2016, 03:57 PM) *

I plan to do this at some point.. I need so many other things first.. I wonder what the total cost is for doing the complete conversion?

It doesn't really matter. I have most of what you need and you and I will work it all out. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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post Nov 25 2016, 04:47 PM
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Nice work Mark! Great planning for an easy install.
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post Nov 25 2016, 05:02 PM
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QUOTE(mepstein @ Nov 25 2016, 02:17 PM) *

QUOTE(mb911 @ Nov 25 2016, 03:57 PM) *

I plan to do this at some point.. I need so many other things first.. I wonder what the total cost is for doing the complete conversion?

It doesn't really matter. I have most of what you need and you and I will work it all out. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)



We always do.. I feel I maybe making some more items for you soon..
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post Nov 25 2016, 05:16 PM
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Mark,. Would you post a pic with the ignition inserted into the hole
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post Nov 25 2016, 05:41 PM
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Sunday will be the soonest I can. But no problem.
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post Nov 25 2016, 09:29 PM
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I want it! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/evilgrin.gif)
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post Nov 26 2016, 07:10 AM
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Very nicely done Mark
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post Nov 26 2016, 08:06 AM
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Mark:
Is there any difference in the dash (70/71) versus later ones......
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post Nov 26 2016, 08:51 AM
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Congrats with getting this part recreated. I guess this part is a "must " have for those that have converted-4 to-6 from a visual point of view. The next thing is to remove the vin tag on next to the windshield.
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post Nov 26 2016, 09:01 AM
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QUOTE(396 @ Nov 26 2016, 06:51 AM) *

Congrats with getting this part recreated. I guess this part is a "must " have for those that have converted-4 to-6 from a visual point of view. The next thing is to remove the vin tag on next to the windshield.



The other advantages could be that more available turn signal electrical components.
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post Nov 26 2016, 09:31 AM
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Could someone make a list of the parts needed to do this mod? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

Stupid me I sold a ignition switch out of a 76 targa thinking I'd never do this. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif)
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post Nov 26 2016, 09:44 AM
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QUOTE(sixaddict @ Nov 26 2016, 09:06 AM) *

Mark:
Is there any difference in the dash (70/71) versus later ones......
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Yes - but I don't think you want to put an early sub dash frame in a later car unless you really want to re-work all the parts of the dash for the GT look.
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QUOTE(396 @ Nov 26 2016, 06:51 AM) *

Congrats with getting this part recreated. I guess this part is a "must " have for those that have converted-4 to-6 from a visual point of view. The next thing is to remove the vin tag on next to the windshield.



The other advantages could be that more available turn signal electrical components.

They are available but when you order new, they aren't cheap and the old parts often have issues. The piece from resto design is cheap but the entire conversion can easily cost a grand. Remember it also uses a 911 steering column which doesn't come cheap anymore. A 911 ignition switch runs about $250.
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QUOTE(mepstein @ Nov 26 2016, 07:44 AM) *

QUOTE(sixaddict @ Nov 26 2016, 09:06 AM) *

Mark:
Is there any difference in the dash (70/71) versus later ones......
Thanks
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Yes - but I don't think you want to put an early sub dash frame in a later car unless you really want to re-work all the parts of the dash for the GT look.

Mark:
Now that my brain is in gear it is self evident
One reason I asked is I happen to have a 70 4 cylinder dash that is not in my build plan so was trying to decide if this makes it worth something
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