THE GAUGES -
I really wanted to change the look of the interior so that no one could look at it and say, "That's a z-car" Not that I don't like the Z car, it's just that I'm making a Ferrari. The Dash and gauges are difficult to change over. Most people who make a Velo Rossa just leave the stock dash in place. It does work after all. All that said, here's what I am doing to my Dash:
These two photos show the metal frame of the original Z dash and the fiberglass shell that mounts onto it using bolts and expanding foam.
I wanted to be able to remove the gauges from the front of the dash should the need arise in the future. So I created this 'Pod". All the instruments attach to this fiberglass piece. and this slips into the dash shell.
It's going to be fairly attractive when it's done... You can see that I've already mounted one of my white gauge faces.
You can have these white face gauges.
Includes all gauges in a set
Click here to download the White Gauges for 280Z- gauges.zip
Click here to download the White Gauges for 240Z- 240gauges.zip
These zips contain high resolution tif image files. If you don't know what that is, don't download them. Please read all the instructions below before downloading and installing them. If you like them and wish to send a contribution... You can do that.
Or if you want me to print them out and send them to you. Send me a check, money order or cash in a security envelope for the amount of $40.00. That should cover my expenses for time and materials.
3021 East Wahalla Ln
Phoenix, AZ 85050
I've only done it once though, so you may be able to find a better way to do it.
The hardest part (IMO) is getting the gauges out of the dash. (Actually, the hardest part was putting the odometer back together after I reset it to 000001!) From there it's a matter of removing a couple of screws to get the bezels off.
Pry the needles off the speedo and tach - careful not to bent or distress the pin. Then take aluminum plates off (2 screws). Regarding the odometer and trip holes; using flat white spray paint that closely matches the white color of the paper face, paint the odometer/trip area of the original aluminum speedo dial - unless you want to have black. Cut the odo/trip boxes out of the paper. Use a straight edge and exacto-knife. Make your cuts nice and square because you'll be staring at your handiwork for a looong time and if you're like me, you'll stare directly at the part that doesn't look right! Temporarily fit the new faces on - check fit - check fit - check fit again. Take them back off and lightly spray 3M adhesive on the backs of the paper. (Do them one at a time so the adhesive doesn't dry before you get them together) The next step (and probably the most critical) is to permanently afix the decal onto the aluminum panel. It's totaly permanent. so it helps to have steady hands. No drugs or alcohol... OK, that rules out most of you! :) Keep it aligned with the original markings. I stared through the little holes I poked in the paper for the screws as I put the decal. Don't use your bare finger to press the paper to the aluminum, I used a soft cloth over my thumb so as not to oil the new face. (Even after you wash your hands your skin will be oily.) You need to press fairly hard so that the adhesive bonds permanently. make sure that the edges are making good contact and that you don't have wrinkles. Too much adhesive will cause ripples as well. At this point, if you have wrinkles in the paper, I wouldn't know how to fix it. :( Anyhow, you do them all in the same fashion except for the Gauge with the voltmeter. Don't take the face off this gauge. The screws that hold the face on also hold the electromechanical components together. I made the mistake of pulling mine apart before checking on the assemly and will never figure out how they got those phonelic washers sandwiched down there between the components! Japanese fingers. You will want to paint the pointer a contrasting color because white on white just doesn't cut it. I used flourescent orange spray paint from home depot. It's very high tech. You could use red or black too I suppose. Take the little black cap off before you paint them. You'll have to use adhesive to glue them back on once the needles have been put back on. In any case, you're just left with putting it all back together again. Make sure you remember how it all goes back together. It may help to just take one gauge apart at a time so as not to confuse the pieces. In any case - Best of luck to all who wish to attempt this.