Originally Posted by couerdelion
Not the best of days working on the car...
Decided to tackle the dash.
Made a beautiful template and measured everything up perfectly. Checked, rechecked and checked again.
Then carefully cut 4 holes perfectly into the dash. Holesaw was slightly smaller than needed but decided I could file it out to right size.
Same again for the big dials. This time hole saw was perfect size. Two beautiful holes cut...
Offered up the Speedo to check and it fell through. Vibrations had made hole too big. Shit.
Checked smaller holes and they fit perfect. Decided to trial fit gauges to check. Oil temp, oil pressure, water temp, fuel and bollox, the clock. 5 dials. 4 holes.
Many moons ago, a friend of mine had a customers car in to fit a sun roof, he ironed the paper template, measured carefully and taped the template in place, went away, came back and re-measured. He took a deep breath and made the cut, the sunroof dropped straight through the hole!
It turned out that it wasn't the template at all, but the protective paper covering to stop it getting scratched.....