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Author Topic: 77 Newport Dash in a 72 Polara  (Read 812 times)

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« on: March 02, 2011, 05:42:44 PM »

Well here we go.
 
I'm on hold with the Blue Diamond because of weather, I am on hold with the trans, waiting for the Ultra Bell.  So I start to get the dash assembly ready
 
In looking at drawings of the 72 frame and comparing it to the 77 frame, I swear they are pretty close to being the same..  The hardest part will be modifying the bulk head on the right side since the heater assembly uses better technology.
 
Anyway, Picture tells a thousand words.  It took an hour to do this one little piece. 
I'm going to Mask off the lense and coat it with Satin clear to lock this stuff down.  I hope
 

 

 

 

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2011, 03:23:28 AM »

I still wonder? Why even do this?

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2011, 06:03:37 AM »

1.  I've got a much better wiring harness
2.  The Dash is more elegant
3.  Since the heater and evaporator were trashed in the original heater, I scrapped it for the vintage air.  But it's not working like the factory says.  I need better heating and cooling. 
4.  I could go with the impossible to find heater core original, but why go backwards
5.  I Like the looks of the formal dash more
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2011, 02:42:30 PM »

so the Vintage Air system is being replaced with the 77 unit?


What was improved about the "new improved chrome" Bare Metal Foil? The old stuff sometimes looked  like it had lines in it....


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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2011, 04:14:40 PM »

It doesn't have the lines Bob.
 
The vintage air unit just isn't cutting it.  No heat in the winter, takes forever to get cool in the summer, defrosters are weak, and it's in the unit.  I've done rounds and rounds with Vintage Air and gave up. 
 
Also, I bought a new blower, and still have that howling from the blower.  The sound is reduced because I moved the blower outside.  I recalibrated the unit several times and it doesn't stick.  With all this cold weather we've had, Polaraco sat for 2 1/2 months. 
 
The 77 heater system is much more efficient, from everything I have measured so far, it will go right in.  Modifications are minimal to fit the later heater assembly and I like the dash better
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2011, 08:09:41 PM »


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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2011, 03:40:06 AM »


Eye of the beholder I guess, I've always thought the 69-73 Fury and
71-73 Polara dash was one of their best features, with the "driver
centered design".  The HVAC on the 74-78 cars was undoubtedly more
efficient though, in the cars I had.  It does seem like a lot of
trouble to go to in order to change it
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2011, 03:56:53 AM »

I personally think the '65 dash is one of the nicest with the semi-circle speedo..






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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2011, 05:04:14 AM »

I look at it this way.  I could put a factory AC system back in, but why go with an impossible to get parts system.  That would keep the stock dash.  Or I can upgrade the dash.  Bit more work and it will look stock.
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2011, 05:17:50 AM »

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I would if I could, but I can't.  Too narrow and the windshield curve is wrong.  The 60-62 and the 65-66 are my favorittes too.
 
Rog. . .  Sorry bout that.  I forgot to mention I know where you are coming from.  This was Chryslers first attempt at making a modular dash.  Yes it looked good, PITA to service.  This dash is just as attractive and mych easier to work on.
 
And yes. . .  Beauty is in the eye
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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2011, 06:14:04 AM »

so the 65-66 dash can fit right up to the Fusey C-bodies started?   Is the 77 still a fusey?

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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2011, 12:37:35 PM »

The dash is too narrow.
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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2011, 05:11:45 PM »

The dash is too narrow for what? 

What I was asking is whether the '77 is still a fusey?


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« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2011, 05:46:54 PM »

Ohhhhhh  I thought about putting a 66 dash in Polaraco  Measured the dash and it was 2" too narrow.  That's what I was saying.
 
Looking at the configuration of the firewall and buzzing it with a tape measure, there are an awful lot of simularities.  Strong simularities.  The fire wall is the same except for the hole locations.  The cowel area is identicle except for the air intake for the heater.  Even the bolt holes for the lower das bar are in the same place.  The big difference is the dash on the formal is welded in, so I will ahve to do some fancy work along the windshield.  Carefully
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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2011, 05:49:23 AM »

Can you epoxy it to the firewall instead of welding?

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