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Old 04-24-2017, 06:50 PM   #1
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Default 34 Dash - What is the original wood grain pattern?

I've had a look at a number of posts re wood-graining on a 34 dash, but I'm still confused! Does anyone have a good, clear image of an original dash, or a dash they think is pretty close. My feeling is that the pattern is not as 'fancy' as one you'd find on a vintage Packard say. It would be good to eyeball an original to show the guy doing it. He runs an hydrographics studio.
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Old 04-25-2017, 06:08 PM   #2
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Default Re: 34 Dash - What is the original wood grain pattern?

This dash is a bit faded, but i believe it was original.
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Default Re: 34 Dash - What is the original wood grain pattern?

Here's a restored dash and a closeup of the header
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Default Re: 34 Dash - What is the original wood grain pattern?

But only a bit faded as a bigger factor is the overexposure of the photograph. The photo of an original glove box door below, while obviously taken using flash light is helpful in showing what is basically a fairly dark wood graining.
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Default Re: 34 Dash - What is the original wood grain pattern?

Hmmmmm - about 40 years ago I had a guy by the name of 'Don Benson' (at least if I can remember) - with a company named something like "Old Time Wood Graining" - he was one of the supposed 'experts' in SoCal. He did my 34 dash - and did what I believed (at least at the time) to be a wonderful job. He actually mimicked 'joints' in the corners around the gauge and glove box areas. I wonder if these 'joints' ever existed in Ford's own work?

I still have the dash (still in pretty good shape) out in my workshop -- I can't even think about redoing it for any of my 34 projects - just wouldn't seem right.

I'll take a picture and post it tomorrow . . . am really interested in whether his take on correct/proper woodgraining for 34 dashes had any merit to it?
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