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67-68 tach install

Anyone installed a tach in the gauge cluster of their 67-68 Mustang? I was going to install a Retrogauge Mini-Tach in place of the clock blank, but they are on backorder (indefinitely?) through Mustangs Unlimited. I guess I could install a tach on the steering column, but I was looking for something a little more finished looking. Not sure which tachs might fit or how much fabrication would be required to install something in the gauge cluster.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-08-2011, 09:47 PM
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The rumor I hear is production of this excellent part is suspended indefinitely. Too bad, I have installed them and they were excellent.

Before the Retrogauge, the trick was installing a 76-86 Jeep CJ tachometer. Modification was required, but the results were very similar to the Retrogauge.


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Oh that's too bad. I have one and I like it alot. Looks great in my cluster.
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My retrogauge works great, try looking on ebay and see if any turn up?
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Hmmm… The Retrogauge was up to about $150 by the time it disappeared. The Jeep tach is about $60 brand-new.

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Same here re tach. Mine works great! Those tachs were made in OZ and initially advertised on V-M and then as a group buy. They were WAY less than the MU gouge price-opinion! Too bad they're gone!
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If you're made of cash, from time to time beat up original tach clusters show up on ebay. Alternatively, you can buy a Cougar tach and get it refaced to a Mustang. Some minor* underdash and engine rewiring is necessary.


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SOB! I was actually wanting to order one of these this week. I just called Mustangs Unlimited and the only thing they have in stock anymore is the inline 6 tachs. They are completely out of all the 6k and 8k V8 mini-tachs. This friggin' sucks donkey balls....
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Some time back I installed an Autometer 10K tachometer in my 68 non-tachometer cluster (where the fuel/volt and gas gauge goes), the gas gauge was relocated to center hole where the optional clock is installed, and a different volt meter would need to be installed separately or not at all. I made new faces for the gas gauge and the tachometer so they matched. It turned out pretty good (I may have a picture around here somewhere), and I always planned on making a kit, but haven’t got back to it in some time.

A few things of note off the top of my head: It’s less expensive than an aftermarket cluster, and gets you a 10K tachometer that looks stock. However, you lose one gauge (voltage in my case), the needle on the Autometer gauge does not exactly match the other needles (but can be painted to match the color, but the shape is a bit different), the gas gauge is an “upsweeping” gauge, while the other two at the top are “downsweeping”, and you have to remove the little blue bulb covers inside the cluster.

I made templates for modifying your cluster and everything, but ran into an issue or two in providing a quality mount for the gas gauge (it won’t simply bolt in on its own). If I thought there was great interest in this, I’d get back on it.

Coincidently, I just received a “private message” from a guy here asking about this kit. I need to get back to him…

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Here's a link to a related thread from long ago (WOW ITS BEEN OVER 4 YEARS!):

68 Mustang Indash Tach on the Cheap :)

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I'm very thankful that I ordered mine way early. Many things I tend to hold off to order until closer to needed them.

Like already mentioned if you are up to doing a little cutting/grinding of your cluster support you can mount the jeep tach and it looks pretty close to something stock. I did that in my coupe several years back.

The retro tach fit like a glove. Hopefully someone starts making them again.

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I sent a message to aussiemike seeing if he still had any, but given he hasn't even signed on in a year, it is probably just a hail mary.

Is it possible to modify an I-6 tach to work for a V8? The I-6 tachs are still available.
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Before the Retrogauge, the trick was installing a 76-86 Jeep CJ tachometer. Modification was required, but the results were very similar to the Retrogauge.
Anyone have the details on the Jeep CJ tach install? What type of modifications were required (mounting fabrication, electrical, etc.)?

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If you're made of cash, from time to time beat up original tach clusters show up on ebay.
I actually saw one sell on eBay recently, but I couldn't justify spending that kind of money just to get a tach in the dash.

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Anyone have the details on the Jeep CJ tach install? What type of modifications were required (mounting fabrication, electrical, etc.)?
I've been looking for the link. With no success.

Basically you need to remove the bezel and lens from the Jeep tach. It uses the typical wires for tach connection, 12V and coil. Another wire, for light, I think, is not required. I believe the cluster case also needed slight cutting, which would be a disadvantage.


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