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    Alternative gauges options

    Looking to replace the stock dash in my 66'. The radio area had been cut up and I welded in a plate to eliminate the ash tray as well. Before finishing I thought maybe replacing gauge cluster as well. Any ideas?
    1968 Chevy 90 250/700r/Fuel Injected - sold and missed
    1966 Chevy handyvan 350/auto (work in progress)
    1965 GMC 350/auto ( just had to have )

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    Quote Originally Posted by garagedoordennis View Post
    Looking to replace the stock dash in my 66'. The radio area had been cut up and I welded in a plate to eliminate the ash tray as well. Before finishing I thought maybe replacing gauge cluster as well. Any ideas?

    Covair Spyder dash cluster looks like a good option. Different circular gauges incorporated.

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    1966 Chevy Sportvan seafoam green/white
    Sliding ragtop
    230 straight six
    HEI distributor
    12SI alternator
    2bbl 32/36 Progressive carb upgrade with 1 to 2bbl carb adapter
    200r4 w/stock auto shifter, custom hanger, 96 suburban trans cooler
    3:36 rear
    Front Disk Brake conversion with Dual master
    Recored radiator to 3core
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    I was thinking of something complete different. Welding the dash flat and re-cutting a new design.... Anyone done this ?
    1968 Chevy 90 250/700r/Fuel Injected - sold and missed
    1966 Chevy handyvan 350/auto (work in progress)
    1965 GMC 350/auto ( just had to have )

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    Here are 2 from my vans, PO did
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    Here is a pic of Toms (Millwright71)new dash he built for his 66,when he did his LS conversion.
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    Here are some examples of hot rod gauges from a google image search that are pretty cool. The whole dash is lined up with gauges instead of just a cluster
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    1966 Chevy Sportvan seafoam green/white
    Sliding ragtop
    230 straight six
    HEI distributor
    12SI alternator
    2bbl 32/36 Progressive carb upgrade with 1 to 2bbl carb adapter
    200r4 w/stock auto shifter, custom hanger, 96 suburban trans cooler
    3:36 rear
    Front Disk Brake conversion with Dual master
    Recored radiator to 3core
    5 blade fan
    belly pan.

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    Nice setup. I notice two water gauges. Where are the temperature sensors located?
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    One is for trans temp. i used the trans temp gage in my old '88 Suburban, but I had an extra water temp gage so I hooked it to the trans sending unit which is in a bung in the side of the trans pan. I used to have an oil temp gage too but that ended up in the Burb. I had the sending unit in the drain plug.
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    Cool

    My No Side Door,1st gen.Suffer3ed from Hacked Dash Oasis...

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    I threw this together in about a month.
    It gave me all of my needed gauges and tunes
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    She was a "Daily Driver" when I first found her..
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