GMC Truck Forum banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I decided to make something useful out of the pocket to the left of the cluster. This will not work for anyone with the electric 4wd because this is where your buttons are. Any way this is the pocket I am talking about.



So after removing said pocket, just trace an outline on a piece of sheet metal.
(I had cut mine before I started taking pictures so i found another piece of metal)



Next you need to cut off the excess. You need to cut off where the 2 tabs are on the pocket.



Next put your piece of metal in a vice and bend each tab at 90*




Next just snap the metal around the pocket. The short tab goes between the 2 tabs on the pocket.



Then fold the tabs over and crimp them using a hammer and punch.



Next we need to cut the back of the pocket off. I cut it where the first line was.




Then I temporally reinstalled the pocket to trace the size of the bezel opening to be able to center the holes I drilled for the switches. I did 4, but 5 would fit or less if you choose.



Then figure out how you want to finish it and install the switches. I used some 0.5 mil carbon fiber i had laying around to finish it. I just used some crap switches i had laying around from another project ( including one I broke) just for a mock up.



Now just wire up and reinstall everything. Again mine is just a mock up switch panel until I get some lights mounted on the brush guard and a few other things I'm still deciding on.



The whole thing took me an hour with figuring it out, looking for materials and taking pics... so not hard at all.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,277 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
I tried searching to see if anyone else had done this and didn't find anything (apparently I'm no good at searching). I like the OE look and may eventually do it that way. I just used what I had laying around the garage.
 

·
This place sucks dicks
Joined
·
4,938 Posts
You should think about wearing gloves next time you work with sheet metal.

Pic 8 - no bandage. Pic 10 - bandage.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,045 Posts
Mine has 4wd switches there, plenty useful :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
You should think about wearing gloves next time you work with sheet metal.

Pic 8 - no bandage. Pic 10 - bandage.
I actually slipped with the drill when test drilling holes to find the right drill bit for the switches... comment still relevant.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
178 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,500 Posts
Good use of the space I was thinking of covering it too but I believe it will be a nice home for a power folding mirror switch in the near future :)
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top