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    1st gen gauge cluster shared with any other GM vehicles?

    Just got my first van...66 Sportvan Deluxe. Gonna LS swap it for my wife's daily driver. She wants to keep as much of the original trim and nostalgia as possible. I've read how these vans seem to share more parts with cars than with trucks of the era. Trying to figure out what gauge cluster I can buy in order to keep most of the bezel.

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    Welcome All The Chevys....1st gens share dash/cluster parts with some Corvair cars, vans, & pick-ups.
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    Great to add another Woman Driver IMO... I know she will love her van just like me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelyVan View Post
    Welcome All The Chevys....1st gens share dash/cluster parts with some Corvair cars, vans, & pick-ups.
    Yep, 60-64 Corvair....good knowledge. Thanks. Dakota Digital doesn't make it for Corvair either, but at least it's good lead to keep searching. I'll probably end up having to adapt another type to the bezel...or make my own out of round gauges. But she really likes the speedo numbers looking old school.
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    Dash cluster on EPay

    Not sure what you are looking for but just noticed this on EPay

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1964-1966-C...4AAOSwEjFXcbJl

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    Quote Originally Posted by All the Chevys View Post
    Yep, 60-64 Corvair....good knowledge. Thanks. Dakota Digital doesn't make it for Corvair either, but at least it's good lead to keep searching. I'll probably end up having to adapt another type to the bezel...or make my own out of round gauges. But she really likes the speedo numbers looking old school.
    something like this? https://www.carid.com/images/intellitronix/items/dp6001g.jpg. or you could put modern gauges in a corvair spyder bezel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrinaman View Post
    or you could put modern gauges in a corvair spyder bezel.
    I thought about the spyder bezel too after i geeked out on google last night. I may have to make that work, but she'd REALLY like the original bezel that has digital functionality....and i haven't found that yet. Unless I wanted to send it to Dakota Digital and spend at least $1500 on custom work.

    I also saw the corvair pickup gauges that i think is what is in the carid link. Those are ony a few hundred bucks and could be an option too. But the digital readout is definitely last resort.

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    Welcome!

    Welcome. Got any pics of your van you could post?
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    I did an LS swap on my ‘66 Sportvan but didn’t want to spend an ton on gauges so I just did a Corvair Spyder Gauge cluster and disassembled the cluster and added new gauges. I added the adapters for the VDO gauges on the motor and all works great.
    There’s not much out there for Digital gauges that look stock as my buddy Dennis and I have been researching it for a while now before his LS swap too. Good luck. Message me if you need any input on the swap, since we did everything ourselves and learned what works and doesn’t work.
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    Welcome!

    Clarks Corvair might have parts...
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    Thanks, fellas. Appreciate the input.

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    Cool

    Welcome Nice Delux Sport
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    Nice!

    Is that a horn ring?
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    Think it Should have one Mark. Its a Be Bob Delux Sport. Should also have Pop out windows(not camper windows)
    Pic of Toms(Millwright71) dash on his 66 LS conversion
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    It does have the horn ring. Seems to be a pretty well optioned rig. I have two popouts to replace the back windows. Also going to pick up a 66 Sportvan (not deluxe) of the same colors this weekend as a parts van. As for the jalousie windows...I'd switch them with popouts but the wife is originally from Tampa and she LOVES them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAVAGE View Post
    Think it Should have one Mark. Its a Be Bob Delux Sport. Should also have Pop out windows(not camper windows)
    Pic of Toms(Millwright71) dash on his 66 LS conversion
    That gauge cluster looks fantastic! What does "Be Bob" mean?

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    Red face

    Sorry just me Trying to be Funny. (Indiana humor??)
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    Wow

    A super start there! Be verrrry careful with that horn ring!!! Priceless piece there.
    Trim pieces are a hard to fine item too. Especially the ones around the tail lights.

    Top front corners look good. That can be a problem area.
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    Welcome aboard! Yes, ditto! You have a beautiful sportvan there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by van-itti View Post
    A super start there! Be verrrry careful with that horn ring!!! Priceless piece there.
    Trim pieces are a hard to fine item too. Especially the ones around the tail lights.

    Top front corners look good. That can be a problem area.
    Appreciate the advice on the horn ring! It's certainly a cool vintage piece. The steering wheel looks pretty good overall. Definitely in better shape than my Blazer and what was in my Nova.

    The rear tail light trim rings look pretty good too and the parts van i'm getting also has both. Surely between the four I can find two solid ones. And the trim down the side looks good.

    One concern I have is interior trim. I figure I'll have to save all the plastics around the windows and they will need some lovin'. The lower panels can probably be reproduced by the upholsterer and I'm not sure I can use the original seats after we tub it and drop it.

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    Oh, meant to ask....are those grab handles on the passenger side dash original?

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    Sweet Van, mine is the same model. The headliner bows are impossible to find as are the horn ring.
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    Sent you a PM.
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