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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-27-2010, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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gauges in '65

i hate having my gauges mounted on a panel screwed to the dash (hanging down), so I decided to build my own...that and i broke my clear plastic speedo cover when i was doing some rewiring earlier this year . i say prototype because i've already determined that i'm going to build another one because this one was off a little when the gaugle holes were drilled. i also didn't realize that the opening of the speedometer was that much larger on the passenger side than the driver side, enough to notice once you have a reference point inside. i already had the gauges and the sheet metal was fairly inexpensive & easy to work with. the smallest (electronic) speedo i can find is a 3 1/8 for a bike. the smallest/correct sports comp gauge is 3 3/8 -too big IMO - about an 1" of the gauge might be hidden plus i would have to spend about $300 just to see if its feasible. the gauges in the pics below are 2 5/8. i suppose i could buy a 2 1/8 volt for the left side, but then i would have 3 spare volt gauges...lol

wadda yall think? i'm looking for any kind of feedback or suggestions


i didn't like the sheet metal look, so i painted it flat black:







what i'm trying to replace/avoid:
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-27-2010, 04:03 PM
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I put all of my AutoMeter Competion mechanical gauges on top of the dash as I can not see the dash when I drive. (my eye level is even with the sun visor and you can tell it's my car by the greasy stain where my hair rubs the headliner).



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my eye level is even with the sun visor
guess that's why they call ya Big Dave

looks like you're using an elect speedo, which converter are you using & did you get a new (shorter) speedo cable made? thanks!
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guess that's why they call ya Big Dave

looks like you're using an elect speedo, which converter are you using & did you get a new (shorter) speedo cable made? thanks!
Electric AutoMeter speedo and TCI super street fighter 3400 RPM converter (my third one under my one year warranty so I have to baby this one untill I buy a better one).

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-28-2010, 10:21 AM
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Nick Scavo's 65 Impala dash.

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