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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-13-2017, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Opinion on tach location

Hi guys, trying to decide where to mount my tach. What do you think... colonm or dash?
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i like it on top of the dash like the 2nd foto. its easy to see from the corner of my eye. the 65-66 GT350 got has it there also.

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Dash, I hate collumn mount, it always blocks something and makes the dash a pig to remove

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-13-2017, 09:38 AM
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Dash all the way. Not only does a column mount block the factory gauge cluster, clamping a large tach to the steering column is what Chevy guys do and that alone is reason to NOT do it.

Seriously, I think the dash mount looks much better and will likely work better.
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Mines on the column now it was there when we bought the car I hate it your always looking down to see it & it blocks the speedo, I'm moving it to the dash.

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On top of the dash; mounted to the left front (closest to driver) grill mounting screw. Very visible and looks good.
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Here's how it looks
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I have my tach mounted in the exact same place on the dash in my '69 mustang.

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The dash. Your other gauges are eye level along the A pillar so why would you you want to look down to see the tach?
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I did the same as red coupe did up there. The defrost screen was a good place to put it because I didn't want to drill holes in the dash. The wires slip right through the slats on the vent and make it easy to route the wires. I can see it clearly while running down the track too. It is a simple Autometer tach but has been a good one for me. Since this photo I have added my analog AEM wide band next to it but that is just until I get it tuned up. It will move to the turbo buggy project. As you can see from my photo, I am not too big on a bunch of gauges. I have fuel and oil pressure under the hood but I have never had to worry about either one even when drag racing. My dash might be just a little unconventional to most because I deleted the dash pad and 2 toned the dash like the rest of the interior is and the car will be. I got the 3 chrome bezel led's from Speedway and they indicate power on, fuel on and fan on which are all on hidden switches. I also love my Grant steering wheel for the Grant detractors, LOL. It does not suffer from the old cheap horn switch set up that has been a fairly common problem with the cheaper wheels. I converted all the interior bulbs to bright white led except the tach bulb. The bright whites have just a tint of fluorescent blue which I really like. I haven't found the one for the tach as of yet.

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Thanks guys. Dash mount wins by unanimous vote.........
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Column!
If you're not a racer....you will just look like a "poser".
On the dash just screams..........break in and "STEAL ME"
Go ahead and drill holes in a 50+ year old classic's dash...go ahead!!
If you're determined to mount it on the dash.....get a BIG one with a shift light and maybe an audible buzzer when you get to your shift points.
The gaudy-er and tacky-er....the better!!
Your car...not mine..................make your own decisions and live with them!
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Thank you for your insight 6sally6. Yes, I realize I misspelled column. Thank you for pointing it out. I didn't change it because I haven't figured out how to edit my post. As a matter of fact, yes, I do race my car. Poser? I think not. 351 Cleveland dynoed at over 400 hp on motor and close to 550 hp with nitrous. So if anyone thinks I'm a poser, they are more than welcome to pull up to the starting line next to me and see who covers the quarter mile quicker...... If you looked at the pictures, you'll see that the tach is HUGE and DOES have a shift light. And no, I couldn't find one with a buzzer. The bigger the better, right?? As for being gaudy, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. You don't have to like it. I DO.... As you said, it's my car, not yours. I'm sure there are things on your car, that might want to make me puke, but since it's your car, and it's what you like, I'd keep my mouth shut since it would not be my place to criticize your choices. Aside from the track, I drive my car occasionally to work where it is parked securely in the building. At home, it stays in the garage behind my house securely locked.
In closing let me say that I was asking for an opinion from my fellow Mustangers not criticism. If I want to be criticized, I'll ask my wife. Hers is the only one that counts.
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Column!
If you're not a racer....you will just look like a "poser".
On the dash just screams..........break in and "STEAL ME"
Go ahead and drill holes in a 50+ year old classic's dash...go ahead!!
If you're determined to mount it on the dash.....get a BIG one with a shift light and maybe an audible buzzer when you get to your shift points.
The gaudy-er and tacky-er....the better!!
Your car...not mine..................make your own decisions and live with them!
That's what I do!!
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you dont need to drill holes. use the left side radio speaker grill screw. i never have a shift light. i see the moving needle line up red line pointer and shift. been doing it like that in 65-66 mustangs since about 1974.
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