T-Bucket Dashboard Construction in Dave Melling’s Project: Part 10

The T-Bucket dashboard is another way in which you can exercise your creativity to build a T-Bucket that is not only different and beautiful, but also customized in its functionality just for you. Some T-Bucket dashboards may be sculpted and come built into the body or you may have a body where the T-Bucket dashboard is just a plain, flat fiberglass panel.

T-Bucket dashboard

But, I think you’ll agree that Dave Melling‘s T-Bucket dash is decidedly different, and not just because of the British right-hand drive. 🙂

T-Bucket dashboard

This photo shows the structure of the glove compartment whereby I made a vertical partition and put a shelf into place. There are two holes in the vertical partition through which the light dimmer and trip mileage reset switches protrude. Apart from that it is a pretty poor photo! 😉

T-Bucket dashboard

This is a shot of the interior from behind the car with the steering wheel and windscreen in place. I used a full-size snooker ball as the gear lever knob, and made my own shift mechanism to go beneath it; the mechanism was not installed at the time of this photo, however. You can just about see the brake pedal to the left of the steering column. I built the dashboard in a manner which strengthens the top of the fiberglass body to get around the weakness in this particular place. The windscreen rests across the top of the body immediately above the dashboard, but the majority of it’s weight is supported by the windscreen posts.

T-Bucket dashboard

This photo of the interior shows the chrome surrounds of the instruments in place and the brake pedal stalk poking up through the floor. The floor of the body has undergone a fair amount of sanding down to smooth out the fiberglass resin ripples which existed. The three holes beneath the instrument surrounds would be used to house the indicator and ignition warning lights which are fitted into the wooden dashboard and wired through to the instrument panel.

T-Bucket dashboard

The above photo shows the finished T-Bucket dashboard with the wood veneer and pinstriping applied and the center console. Look closely and somewhat hidden by the steering column you’ll note the accelerator pedal in the shape of the letters ’23T’.

As we continue, you’ll learn more about how Dave Melling built his custom T-Bucket interior, including the all-important upholstery insert.

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