Dash upgrade

Discussion in 'Modifications/Customizations' started by hillsideshortleg, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. hillsideshortleg

    hillsideshortleg Member

    146
    Feb 5, 2012
    Lake Pend Orielle, Idaho
    89 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    2 350's Mercruiser drives
    I thought I had posted the outcome of dash upgrade #2 but I didn't see it. Started like this[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I'm working on finishing a bench seat back/ head rest with the same metal work built into the back of the headrest. I hope to be pushing along on a new top next week.
     
  2. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    515
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    I like the expanded metal look.

    But I don't get the rat chewed edges.

    Please enlighten me on the look you were going for.
     
  3. hillsideshortleg

    hillsideshortleg Member

    146
    Feb 5, 2012
    Lake Pend Orielle, Idaho
    89 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    2 350's Mercruiser drives
    Ya I was hoping no one would notice that. My hands shake reeely bad. I didn't know it was that obvious. No expanded on it, it's oval perforated aluminum with a tight woven wire mesh behind. I'm thinking about pullen it out and putting back in the nice luxurious looking black plastic dash with the little white 1/4" square grid work on it. Or maybe I could put some fake wood on there. Hmm
     
  4. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    The brushed aluminum frame with the roughed edges has a kind of "hot rod" look to it that probably appeals to some. It might look good on a customized go fast type of boat, but IMO looks a bit out of place on an older Sea Ray. It does not look bad, just out of place with the more traditional rest of the dash. BUt beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and its your boat after all.

    Maybe if the rest of the helm area was repainted to get rid of the burgundy, and some other brushed aluminum complimentary parts were added, you might have an interesting look. But again, it may not appeal to everyone.
     
  5. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    515
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    That's whats nice about having an older boat. You can do what ever you want.

    And if it doesn't turn out..... change it up again.

    I have a 98 290 DA and have some cracking around the gauges as well as the screws holding everything in so you are giving me some ideas on how to jazz up mine.

    Keep us updated on the project.
     
  6. Flounder Pounder

    Flounder Pounder New Member

    6
    Jan 15, 2007
    Central Florida
    Whaler 275CQ
    2004 Ford 6.0 Diesel drw
    Yamamerc 225 4strokes
    If you are still looking for ideas on how to jazz up your 98 290 DA, check out our websites; www.fpmarine.com & www.searay-parts.com. We stock and manufacture replacement panels which may interest you.
     

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