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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-04-2018, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hi, While building my 68 Impala, i decided to create a custom instrument cluster bezel
I was wondering if i could get some feedback on my custom Bezel and instrument cluster
Do you like it?
Would you Buy One?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-04-2018, 09:33 PM
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Hi, While building my 68 Impala, i decided to create a custom instrument cluster bezel
I was wondering if i could get some feedback on my custom Bezel and instrument cluster
Do you like it?
Would you Buy One?
I think you did a very good job there. It looks a lot better and not overly done IMO.

I wouldn't mind having that on my own Impala but in the list of upgrades these old cars need, the dash is one of the last things to get any money.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-05-2018, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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It's funny you should say that, (apart from the average factory looks) the reason why I created it was to help protect my engine.
I built a roller cam 383 stroker and the last thing i wanted was to risk cooking the engine on a hot summer day,
or risk blowing it by over revving.
I didn't like "not" having a temperature gauge or a tachometer,
i don't like having the tachometer on the column. and i don't like the cheap and nasty under dash gauges.
I wanted everything in front of me as if it came out of the factory.
I guess what's important to me isn't important to others.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-05-2018, 06:29 AM
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It looks great! The only issue I see is having all that shiny chrome right in front of you in a convertible. The sun hits that right and you could be blind.
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In racing you don't want to take your eyes off the road (or track). That is why I, and people like Enzo Ferrari or Bruce McLaren, mounted all of their gauges in cups on top of the dash and clocked them so that straight up was "normal". Only the lower priority gauges (transmission oil temp, and vacuum as well as battery voltage as examples) where mounted below the top of dash to the sides of the main cluster where you center your attention.

I retained the idiot lights that came with my car and supplemented everything with mechanical AutoMeter SportComp gauges.

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It's funny you should say that, (apart from the average factory looks) the reason why I created it was to help protect my engine.
I built a roller cam 383 stroker and the last thing i wanted was to risk cooking the engine on a hot summer day,
or risk blowing it by over revving.
I didn't like "not" having a temperature gauge or a tachometer,
i don't like having the tachometer on the column. and i don't like the cheap and nasty under dash gauges.
I wanted everything in front of me as if it came out of the factory.
I guess what's important to me isn't important to others.
I wouldn't say "important" - you just chose a different solution and potentially priority depending on the condition of all the things that suck our money away on these old classics.
I went cheap and nasty to keep that old car flavor and to put money into my roller cammed 383, 12 bolt posi, new suspension, disc brakes and now at last, a Tremec TKO600.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-09-2018, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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The Ironic thing is that the bezel i designed came from older models. It was inspired by a 63-65 Riviera, 64-65 Chevelle, the 59 Pontiac Bonneville and 61-63 T birds.
I hate strip gauges which are surrounded by plastic. When i was growing up in Australia, the strip speedometer in black plastic was what you got on the base model, when you went up in models the gauges were round in square frames with wood-grain look, and when you went sports they were all round with brushed or fish-scale aluminium.
So whenever i see a strip speedometer which isn't surrounded buy aluminium and chrome like they were in the mid to late 50's, i think cheap and nasty.
the 68 Impala was the last model with a steel dash, vinyl dash pad and some chriome bling. After that they go to plastic dashboards.
That dash is the only thing I hate about a 68, the rest of the car is perfect.
In saying that my 68 Convertible was a full blown ground up rebuild.
There was no i will leave it till later, or it's working now i won't replace it or recondition it.
I did that with my 55 Chevy 28 years ago and it was never maintenance free.
I also did it with my 64 GTO 20 years ago and it wasn't maintenance free either.
This time I simply chipped away at the rebuild until everything was new or rebuilt.
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