Project Violent Valiant has really been coming along over the last couple weeks. We’ve updated you on the installation of the firewall, the completion of the front suspensions, the replacement of the floors, and the installation of stuff like the pedals, and other components. Long story short, this thing is starting to turn into a car! Today we’re going to take a look at the cool and racy dashboard that Kevin Tully recently finished up the layout on in the car. We think you will dig it because like the rest of the car it has both the old school feel and the modern performance that every other element of Violent Valiant has been designed to show off. Hey, when you add classic Stewart Warner gauges to the already tough nature of this car, you know the end result is going to be bitchin’.
According to Tully, the factory dash in this car was one of the ugliest to ever roll out of Detroit. Worse than that, the information relayed to the driver was virtually nil and the thing appeared to have old picture frames surrounding idiot lights and a complete dearth of gauges. Since this is going to be a car that is both raced and driven on the street and the theme of the thing has been to blend some of the old school Trans Am feel with modern technology and performance, Kevin made the decision to go with a very tough looking dash based on what you would have found in a 1960s race car but with more information available to the driver.
As you will see in the photos below, there was a lot of thought that went into laying out the configuration of the gauge panel and there was even a long search for one gauge that Kevin had to have. The reverse sweep speedo that you will see is a discontinued item so it was a three week relentless search of the internet and everyone Kevin knew in his phone book to locate one, which he did. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s follow along through photos and captions like we always do with our Violent Valiant updates.
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