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.