The 1940 Ford dash has been the standard with hot rodders for a long time. The dash lends itself to use in just about any old Ford. I prefer the stock look but appreciate the modifications that owners make to satisfy their requirements. I try to take photos of the different dashes and have many variations to show you today. I also prefer the stock column or at least a small diameter one. If you use a large diameter column you need to fill the shift rod depression in the stock dash.
I tried installing an F 100 column from a 1956 Ford pickup this weekend and found I need to make an adapter to satisfy my requirements. I am not sure I like it but I have installed a couple of them in previous cars and liked them for the shift indicator and turn signals. The column fits the dash and drop perfectly so I will play with it this week and probably end up using the stock 40 unit.
Have a great week and …
Here is a shot of a stock F 100 column with no spacer between wheel and column to hide gap.[singlepic=4098]
Another F 100 column with spacer to hide gap. All you need is a 1/2 ” tapered spacer from aluminum and you have a good look.[singlepic=4099]
This photo shows the beautiful stock 40 dash in the correct colors and appointments. It is hard to beat this look[singlepic=4100]
Orville has the stock standard dash with a late column and 40 wheel. This looks good in this car with AC, MII, etc.[singlepic=4101]
Modern dash with Chevy insert and woodgrained dash is another different approach to take.[singlepic=4102]
Partial woodgraining looks good on this modern car. Note the two gauges rather than the stock 5 gauge panel.[singlepic=4103]
Multiple gauge panels were popular in the 80’s and were available from several sources including Boyd.[singlepic=4105]
Tom’s stock 40 dash in the process of being completed. Lots of work going on in this photo. $$$![singlepic=4106]
Prolific 40 builder has a very nice dash in his little coupe. Note instrument panel from Classic.
My friend George’s General Jumbo wheel, real deal roadster with flathead and genuine metal. Very nice ride.