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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-29-2007, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys,

As promised, here are pics of my Stewart Warner Maximum Performance 1.5" Electric gauges installed in the radio delete plate I fabricated 2-years ago for my '65 vert. The radio delete plate is several layers of textured ABS sheet I bought from partsexpress.com. The gauges are top quality ($$$) units that SW came out with a few years ago and then discontinued, I assume because people saw the price and about choked (like I did). I held out until I was able to get one of them on Clearance. Streetortrack was able to find me a matching one in remaining stock. These have blue lighting.

Here's the Radio delete panel:



Here's how that panel fit in the car before I had the gauges in it:



Here's another view of the abs assembly before the guage holes were drilled. I can't recall where I got the textured black fasteners...I got them out of the specialty drawers at a hardware store. Might have been Ace.





Next up is getting the senders installed. The tricky part is I want to keep the stock water temperature gauge and stock oil pressure idiot light functional, so in each case I will have to have 2 sending units, one for the stock setup and one for the new SW gauges. I think it'll end up looking pretty good.

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Nice job. That is going to look very nice.

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Nice job, very innovative. Waiting for pics with it installed.

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Here are the gauges installed.



And here's the Temperature sending unit. I got one of those water necks with the temperature port, and put the second one there.





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Why not stick a couple of tweeters in the two small holes?


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Why not stick a couple of tweeters in the two small holes?
How small do they make tweeters? The holes are like 1/4" IIRC.

Anywho the the gauge install looks sweet, way to do it without cutting up and destroying the dash.

grab some 1.5" black pvc tubing and cut them on an angle so you can point the gauges towards the drive just a tad. this way you dont have to twist your head to much.

Good idea to use those push button type retainer pieces as well.

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grab some 1.5" black pvc tubing and cut them on an angle so you can point the gauges towards the drive just a tad. this way you dont have to twist your head to much.
Great idea! I have those same gauges I bought them a while back, oil, temp and voltage. I plan to make a mount to go inside the lower console on my 67 under the trap door.

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Looks good :thumbup: , the PVC idea sounds pretty good too. It looks like those gauges have a pretty narrow sweep.

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I like it, and I like your shop even more!
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Hey guys,

As promised, here are pics of my Stewart Warner Maximum Performance 1.5" Electric gauges installed in the radio delete plate I fabricated 2-years ago for my '65 vert. The radio delete plate is several layers of textured ABS sheet I bought from partsexpress.com. The gauges are top quality ($$$) units that SW came out with a few years ago and then discontinued, I assume because people saw the price and about choked (like I did). I held out until I was able to get one of them on Clearance. Streetortrack was able to find me a matching one in remaining stock. These have blue lighting.

Here's the Radio delete panel:

[IMG]http://www.blueriver.net/~finite/gauges.jpg[/IMG]

Here's how that panel fit in the car before I had the gauges in it:

[IMG]http://www.blueriver.net/~finite/107-0768_IMG.JPG[/IMG]

Here's another view of the abs assembly before the guage holes were drilled. I can't recall where I got the textured black fasteners...I got them out of the specialty drawers at a hardware store. Might have been Ace.

[IMG]http://www.blueriver.net/~finite/107-0767_IMG.JPG[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.blueriver.net/~finite/107-0770_IMG.JPG[/IMG]

Next up is getting the senders installed. The tricky part is I want to keep the stock water temperature gauge and stock oil pressure idiot light functional, so in each case I will have to have 2 sending units, one for the stock setup and one for the new SW gauges. I think it'll end up looking pretty good.

Phil
I know this is a very old post but see your still active here. I'm having a hard time finding exactly what you did. My dash was hacked up at some point and id like to install gauges there. Wouldn't happen to have any photos would ya? Thanks.
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antho...This picture is the only one I have that might be helpful. Basically I bought a sheet of textured black abs and build it like shown so it would fit through the radio hole from the back and those two "knobs" on the sides are plastic push-in panel fasteners that go through the original knob holes in the dash and into that support piece that holds the gauges. That holds the assembly in place.

I was recently looking on Amazon and it appears that there is a vendor that sells 1 1/2" electric gauges...so you could still do this project if you wanted to. (Equus 8162 and Equus 8164 gauges....no idea of the quality of those....much cheaper than my SW gauges were though).

Good Luck!

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Oh...as a follow up on this post...the backlight quit working on the SW gauges shown above, so I ordered a set of the equus gauges from Amazon as replacements. We'll see.

And before anyone asks....yes I tried to just replace the light first. It appears to be a chip on the circuit board, not a lamp....and the gauge is not designed to come apart anyway. SW only sold these gauges for about a year. I think I see why now.

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