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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:40 pm    Post subject: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

wanting to install a tach on my 67 and want to locate it to the left of the speedo (speaker location) I have seen pic's on this forum of grill plates that have a hole in them but still retain the grill appearance, really don't want to cut mine and I don't like the brushed alum or plastic ones.
Any help locating them would be great.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:43 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

This is mine but when I did it I had access to a welder, I picked up a grill and the metal mesh at a swap meet, cut the hole using wire cutters. I took a 1/8 inch SS welding rod and bent it around my tach. than I bent another one around the outside of it. I had a friend weld them together and to the grill, basically melt the grill to the circle using a tig welder. I used body filler around the circle and filed it down with small round files. Then I picked up paint at a store that they can color match. It certainly was not cheap, but worth it.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

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this guy has one and I want one!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:43 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

Seems like you have to make them.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:45 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

Maybe you can use one of these . . . https://grumpysmetal.com/bug/bug-1961-63/gauge-bezel-single-3-385-hole-lhd-57.html

Hang in there Dr.Adam . . . it will sometimes seem as though you get the wrong information around here, but I assure you that there a few folks on The Samba that are able to answer yer questions!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

Well, there you go! I had no choice my tach is 90 mm. I think that's why it was so cheap.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

There are a few smart people around here, but some not to bright.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

be nice now guys!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:09 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

Dr.Adam wrote:
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this guy has one and I want one!


That actually looks original.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:32 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

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Yes Grumpys. Good to see he still makes them.
My Tach is 52 mm but not to hard to see.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:20 am    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

I did it cheap and easy, bought a color matched spare grill with crome trim (didn't want to cut in the existing grill). Used a "dremel" to cut a hole for tach and grind the trim to fit the vdo bezel. Works fine.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

@ Frederik - where did you get that Tach?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:04 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

Frederik wrote:
I did it cheap and easy, bought a color matched spare grill with crome trim (didn't want to cut in the existing grill). Used a "dremel" to cut a hole for tach and grind the trim to fit the vdo bezel. Works fine.


I did similar for my later model:
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

Adam, you'll see when you remove the grill from the trunk that there is a horizontal metal bar going right across the dash opening. You'll need to cut that out so that the tach fits there.
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For the tachs that are 52-55mm, in 2001 I saw a vendor of these dash grills in Germany (Maikaefer Treffen in Hanover) use a thick Type 1 engine flywheel endplay shim as the metal surround. The shim has an ID of 55mm. You could silver-solder such a shim onto the round-cut opening, then spray paint the grill to match the dash. Was a clever idea.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:49 am    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

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@ Frederik - where did you get that Tach?


I bought it on a auction site here in Sweden. They do come up from time to time. At first I thought of using one of the following, but liked the more vintage look of the one I installed.
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Now I'm trying to get a set of matched VDO "small gauges". I'm still missing oil pressure and volt. I'm thinking of converting the tank meter to a pressure meter (new guts) or get a later vw fuel level gauge and grill and convert it to oil pressure. Some of the collected gauges:
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:16 am    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

I cut my grill as well. I am planning on modifying the trim, but have not got around to it yet.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:32 am    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

I really like the gauges in radio slot. The trim, is it a modified radio faceplate, assesory or self made? I have to consider dumping my blaupunkt..
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:49 am    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

The radio gauge pod is made by fast fab. I did the same as others and cut my speaker grill. The only issue I have is that when its hot out the gauge with squeak in the grill opening.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:25 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

Just to throw out another option, Speedhut makes a drop in GPS speedo/tach combo if you don't want to cut your dash to put a tach in the speaker location.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:09 pm    Post subject: Re: left side dash grill insert for tach? Reply with quote

ISP West carries nice gauges. I bought one of their 52mm ones to match the original speedo in my '59. I'll mate it to a left side grill from Grumpy's Metals.
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