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Installing a Series III - V dash in a Series II

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by Jeffrey.Sweeney, Oct 7, 2020.

  1. Jeffrey.Sweeney

    Jeffrey.Sweeney Platinum Level Sponsor

    My Alpine has the standard dash (wood wasn't an option back then). I would like to install a wooden dash in the car and have been told it is possible and not too difficult. I would love to hear from anyone who has done this so I can have a better judge of how hard it really is and what modifications need to be accomplished to complete the install. The wooden dash sure does look nice.
     
  2. Jeffrey.Sweeney

    Jeffrey.Sweeney Platinum Level Sponsor

    I should add that I was hoping to install the glove box cover etc.
     
  3. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    Jeffery,

    The bolt locations at ends and screws all fit the same spots.. So as far as fitting its direct.

    However the wood dash uses a diffetent glove box cubby as it has to screw into the back of the dash as it doesnt use the bakerkite surround. The heater controls also require a mounting bracker as its not moulded into the dash like a plastic one. ( danR used to make the brackets) you will also need a siv/v heater escutcheon panel if you want to have the conyrols labeled... Or label onto the timber.

    If you are buying one from a supllier they will have additional holes for the warming lights on the series 3-V that didn't mount thrm in the gauges like Si/ii. You fill them or blank them.

    The glovebox door is an aftermarket part.. The GT dashes never had them from the factory.

    If you want to use your existing cubby snd surround the series V GT used a timber veneer over the plastic and kept the glovebox surround. You could buy a siv/ v dash and do that ( your dash has raised areas around the gauges and heater controls)
     
  4. Jeffrey.Sweeney

    Jeffrey.Sweeney Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thank you Michael. I'm looking at the following dash - B in the photos. It sounds like a few minor tweaks and such but nothing major. I can handle that. The seller has all the mounting brackets for the heater. I'm going to have the Bakelite steering wheel refinished with a watching veneer. Hopefully it will look good.
     

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  5. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    Nice looking dash, but missing the white lettering for the controls.

    You could use the series iv/v metal tags used on the plastic dash cars.
     
  6. Mike O'D

    Mike O'D Gold Level Sponsor

    If the option is A or B, you may want to consider the mat finish - you may get some glare off of the shiny one.
     
  7. Knightowl61

    Knightowl61 Gold Level Sponsor

    The early and late series knee bars have different widths between the bottom studs (about 2 or 3 inches) going thru the dash to the support brackets.
     
  8. Tim R

    Tim R Silver Level Sponsor

    You may have to get creative to accommodate the differences in stud positions mentioned by Knightowl61 above. If you do decide to do this, this video on The Sunbeam Alpine Channel on YouTube may be of use as it shows how we make glove boxes for these modern dashboards with closing wooden doors. We also fit lights and USB charges for phones and Sat Nav inside these glove boxes.



    Best Wishes,

    Tim R
     

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