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Old 05-11-2010, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have seen some people use autometer gauges in thier dash. I know they use a repo gauge cluster and fit them in but I am not sure the best one to use. I want to have one large opening and 4 smaller ones. Are they all the same for fitting in autometer gauges or are some better than others? If you have doen these I could use some advise
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What year? 65/66?
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yes 66. It doesnt have to be original. I want to moun a monster tach elsewhere so there is no need for another one in the gauge console
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I used a 66 factory panel and cut the bezels off. I put 2 1/16" AutoMeter gauges in the holes, with some rubber washers behind the gauges. I've seen them with 2 5/8" gauges too. The 66 panel was about $30.

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I used the plastic one, got it off ebay. Looks alright for being plastic

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Here is a photo from a friends car. I think he used a 5" speedo and 2 5/8" gauges.

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Mine are similar to Ozark's, but I went with the 5" speedo. To get it to fit, I had to cut the dash in half. This is only my test dash. I wanted to play with an old one before cutting a new one in 1/2. I'm using 3mm led's for the high beams and blinkers.

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For a more subdued appearance, and to keep sunlight from glaring on the gauges with the top down, I installed the gauges from the rear.
I used a dremel to open up the four small gauge holes a bit, and then built up a radius to mount the 3-3/8" speedo. I'm pretty sure a 4" speedo could be used, and would look better.
I have an original Shelby dash mounted tach.

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I also cut the bezels off a stock 65 GT panel and dropped 2 1/16" AutoMeter gauges in the holes.
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For a more subdued appearance, and to keep sunlight from glaring on the gauges with the top down, I installed the gauges from the rear.
I used a dremel to open up the four small gauge holes a bit, and then built up a radius to mount the 3-3/8" speedo. I'm pretty sure a 4" speedo could be used, and would look better.
I have an original Shelby dash mounted tach.

Day shot:


Night shot with the lighting cranked to full:

Where did you get your gauges? & what model/ who builds them. *Drools*
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Where did you get your gauges? & what model/ who builds them. *Drools*
Looks like these guys:

Speedometers Gauge, Revolution Gauges Series by SpeedHut

Wish I had gone this route instead of autometer. The through gauge lighting on these is much better than the perimeter lighting on the autometers. Unfortunately it doesn't look like they have 5" gauges which is what i needed on my 67.

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Old 05-18-2010, 12:54 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Looks like these guys:

Speedometers Gauge, Revolution Gauges Series by SpeedHut

Wish I had gone this route instead of autometer. The through gauge lighting on these is much better than the perimeter lighting on the autometers. Unfortunately it doesn't look like they have 5" gauges which is what i needed on my 67.

Jafo

Jafo is right. The guys at Speedhut did them for me. They can do a lot more than what is on the web site, and are very easy to work with. I found them by looking through websites on kit cars. They private label gauges for FFRs, and others. They installed a set of LEDs in the speedo, one blue for high beam, and two green (one for Roll Lock activation, and one as the MIL for the EFI system).

I saw a custom rear mountd gauge cluster with an overlay on the stock speedo, and then 4 matching Autometer gauges. That looked really sweet! He cut the rear steel pan gauge mount, and pieced in two new side pieces to hold his aftermarket gauges. I liked the way his came out better than mine, because the speedo fit better.
If I did this over, I'd put in a 4" speedo. It would fit the bezel better than the 3-3/8" speedo.

Good luck with your gauge project. It's pretty easy and fun to do.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I borrowed 66Runt's idea to mount from behind on a stock bezel. The gauges had their bezels removed and used the Autometer lenses.

The backside is a piece of composite that was very easy to work with.
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Has anyone put digital gauges on a 1966 mustang dash panel?
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:42 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Speedhut question for the 6 gauge cluster crowd-

Is there enough room for (2) four inch gauges and (4) 2 1/16 gauges? I was planing on making my own bezel and I would use these 4 inch speedo and tach if they fit.
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