Our three custom dash facia boards, necessary to fit the new digital instrumentation and A/C vents, require corresponding custom under dash panels.
On the driver side, the panels are split into two by the steering column; the passenger side has a single panel. The under dash panels also join small side panels that extend from the center console.
The final install will use black screw heads and the under dash will be almost completely hidden.
The panel is constructed with thin sheet metal joined to a modified part of the original panel that covered the steering column.
Once the final fit is matched to the facia boards, the panel is covered with foam and then black vinyl.
The driver side panel is attached to the center console. Note the switches for air purification and NEX entertainment unit setup.
Jaguar used a few screws to attached the side panels, both on the driver and passenger side, and these tended to fail leaving the side panel flapping or drooping over time.
Our solution was to use U-channel (surplus from the electric window mechanism) to fabricate a much more robust fastening system. Now the side panels are just as sturdy as the center console itself.
The passenger side construction is similar to the driver side except that the single panel is all made from sheet metal; a portion of the extreme right side of the original metal under dash was reused.
The passenger side panel is attached to the end of the center console.
The following conceptualizations illustrate the graceful lines of the facia boards (white facia is PVC board) highlighted by the under dash and side panels.
The burl walnut finish on the PVC facia shows the contour design underscored by the black under dash and side panels.
The passenger foot box has a protective box with a circular vent that houses the main engine ECU.