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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?
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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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    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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    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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    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    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..
    You certainly do quality work. I generally prefer aluminum to wooden dashes in these rigs, but this is probably my favorite wooden dash. I like the way you did that cup holder ledge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z-Machine (aka VanZack) View Post
    You certainly do quality work. I generally prefer aluminum to wooden dashes in these rigs, but this is probably my favorite wooden dash. I like the way you did that cup holder ledge.
    In my 2nd gen the dash was still in decent shape .How ever I could never get the speedometer to read accurate I had a club member make a polished aluminum gauge cluster.....Going with a "Hot Rod" theme with this van I used the chrome gauge pods to mount the tac and the rest of the gauges...Every thing still works today..

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    Sorry of the crappy picture....
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    I think grey ghost here has a 2nd gen dash grafted into his first gen dash...
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