Re: Sticking stuff to bare/painted metal?
Since this isn't a smooth area, but the dash, which is lumpy all over, doing a wood frame thing probably would be contra-indicated. My plan is to do the dash and the frame around the dash, replacing screws and bolts that are already there with nice shiny stainless ones. Ditto the forehead panel, but use a row of screws at the top, as well, that are not present now. 3M spray adhesive will hold things smooth and flat for a good long while, I suspect.
Thanks for all your help, folks. My goal is to make this rig ready for Burning Man '08. Whether I can get away to *go* or not is another question, but I'd like to have my ride ready.