Fabricating New Dash Panels
So I finished my first attempt at replacing the cracked dash panels in our 94 Affinity. I started with the radio and backup camera panel first since it was pretty bad and I planned to install a new radio anyhow. This panel was made with ¼” acrylic and a carbon fiber adhesive backed overlay. It turned out ok. Had a little mishap with the laser so I ended up with a cut I did not want which created a bubble in the overlay.
I also discovered there is no easy way to tie the existing Sony Camera into the new Alpine head unit due to the “mirroring” characteristic of older cameras. So I think I might make another panel to put the old monitor back in for now. Or try to find a new wireless camera that is an easy install and compatible.
As for the stereo, I purchased an Alpine ilx-w650 digital media receiver, Alpine KTA-450 amplifier, and Alpine e-series 6.5” speakers for the new system. Now I have Apple CarPlay, built in navigation, and built in Bluetooth calling among other perks. Much improved over the old system. When I took the Panasonic speakers out of the overhead they literally began to crumble as I handled them so it was past time.
Overall though, I think the carbon fiber look is pretty good and not too obnoxious so I think I will stick with that theme. Next trick is to figure out how to cut all the labels for backlit switches/knobs/etc.
1994 CC Affinity #5060 CAT 3176 w/ Allison HT746