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spectre6000
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Show Us Your Dash! Reply with quote

I need some ideas for gauge placement in my '57. I searched for the ubiquitous "Show Your Dash" thread, and there isn't one in the Ghia section! So let's see them! Clean, stock, gauges, racing, modified, what have you. Show us what you got!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its not done yet but I got a 50s looking gage holder that is going to be centered under the dash. No cutting up my 59. The clock will be a tach.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a tach and a oil temp gauge thats going in my glove box on a 71 coupe.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

in my 71, i have stock in the original location including Working clock, and voltmeter, oil pressure and oil temp in console, tachometer on the side.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You won't be surprised to hear I favour the period look for your '57:

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That configuration...if you can call it configured...is a real mixture. Not pretty pretty but to me it just looks right. Might be more of a challenge to put together something that is functional and at the same time looks non matching period style.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

71 vert but almost stock
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I couldn't bear to cut the dash. I made a set of "Ghetto" gauges. Oil & Temp. 2" pvc, gorilla tape and a couple of old bezels with a dash of Velcro. Viola!

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I unplug them when I get to a show.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's what I did with my '66 convertible:

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Flat-4 GT steering wheel (replica of the original EMPI GT steering wheel of the late 1960s-early 1970s) with stock trim and AM radio still hooked up to the centermount dash speaker. Dash pad is an ill-fitting one for 1968+ model years, as the original 1967 and earlier dash pads with the grab handle are unavailable.

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I sent my clock to North Hollywood Speedometer to get converted into a tach that is a replica the VDO 6,000 rpm tachometer that was an original dealer installed option, with the difference that mine is 12V instead of 6V.

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Under the dash, I installed two 2 1/16" (52 mm) VDO gauges: 1) a Series 1 (white needle, chrome bezel) oil pressure gauge and 2) a cylinder head temp gauge that I had North Hollywood Speedometer convert from Cockpit (black bezel, red needle) to Series 1 look. The speakers in the kick panels are hooked up to an amp in the trunk that powers my i-Pod/MP3 player.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Moxon wrote:
You won't be surprised to hear I favour the period look for your '57:


My plan is to keep it as clean and original as possible, but when it comes to the DD duties it will soon be subjected to, a few more gauges start to be pretty important. I'd like to avoid cutting the dash and I need access to the fuel reserve tap, so a center console is out of the question.

Present thoughts are to put a Dehne fuel gauge between the speedo and the clock (which will likely be converted to a tach). After that, I'd like to have at least oil pressure, oil temperature, and CHT gauges. An ammeter would be nice to let me know how the electrical system is doing and as a backup for the dummy light.

Since I live in the mountains, an a/f gauge is not a bad idea as my present daily altitude changes are >3,000'... That's at least a jet size coming and going and one of the reasons I decided to sell my '62 panel bus DD... Fuel injection would take care of that, but I don't think it's in the budget in the near term future. Since I do ultimately plan to run fuel injection, any remotely permanent mounting of such a gauge would be bad...

Just need a bunch of inspiration, and since these "Show Us Your Dash" are ubiquitous in every model section (of nearly every automotive-themed forum), it's a good thing to have.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Sactojesse, I have read that the flatfour wheels have a lot of flex in them. How do you like it?

Weak Pic of my 68 coupe thru the ragtop. Also have Cyl head temp and volt meter behind the shotgun seat.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

c21darrel wrote:
@Sactojesse, I have read that the flatfour wheels have a lot of flex in them. How do you like it?

I love my Flat-4 wheel! Haven't noticed any flex issues.

BTW, I love how you got rid of the fake woodgrain and dash pad, but retained the speaker grill and grab bar.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^ thanks, I like those wheels just not sure i wanted to pop for OG.
Not happy yet w/ dash, plan is to find early dash pad so I can keep the seperate grab handle.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here is my 67
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My 66 dash. And before everyone crucifies me I did not cut the dash! I bought the car that way. I pondered about fixing it during the restoration but decided to leave it alone.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That looks great - especially with that steering wheel.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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my '58 vert.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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my '58 vert.
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Is that a steering column mounted gauge setup you have there? What's the story on that?
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