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Here is photo of my 72 dash. All originalrgmxk22 wrote:First, sorry for my typos in my other posts. I was in a rush to get out the door to a doctor's appointment.
Anyway, I reused the metal trim, mine is aluminum and I carefully removed the trim nails that held it to the plywood edge of the dash, then it came right off. Thanks for the compliment on my dash, the only thing I might do over again is that I found out that you can buy a teak formica that I think would look good too. The original formica on my dash had a burl look to it, but it was sun faded and needed replaced.
Another thing I did was when I had the dash apart, I took the plastic pod that surround that makes up the outside of the dash and re-enforced it with a layer of fiberglass cloth on the inside. It not only made it stronger, it let me fix the stress cracks in the corners of the pod. After that, I repainted the pod and it came out really nice.
For your switches, I believe Cole-Hersee makes a very close replacement to the originals. The paddle part of the switches are a little flatter than the more rounded style that CC used. They don't have the rubber boots either. I haven't checked on them for a while, but they did make them not long ago.
I'd like to find a dash of new old stock ID plates as mine show a little wear, but I've never run across any of them. Originally, CC had a pull style switch with the chrome hourglass knob for the navigation lights and a separate paddle style switch for the anchor light. This didn't make sense to me and I bought a 3 position pull style switch and wired it to work both the anchor and the nav lights just like many CC boats I've seen.
That let my use the paddle switch to work some courtesy lights I added to the interior. If you look close on the starboard side one ID plate is just black with no lettering.I just flipped that plate over and painted it black then reused it. I would really like to find one of these plates that just says lights or courtesy.