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Post by Keith Seymore on Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:37 pm

Hello everybody -

Hope you are all doing well.

It's time for me to get new instrumentation. I'm still running the original factory gauges and they are no longer cutting it.

Does anyone have recommendations, or favorites?

Requirements are (not necessarily in this order): ease of installation (I'm not very electrically inclined), accurate enough for race applications, and closest appearance to the production gauges.

I'm asking specifically about a tachometer, engine temp, and engine oil pressure.

Thanks,

K

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Post by Iggy on Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:01 pm

May not be a price leader, but have you checked out Classic Instruments out of Boyne City? I know they do custom work if you sent them the factory stuff.
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:29 pm

Well Well How about this Dakota Digital now offers Gauges for the 1973 -1977 Malibu Chevelle El Camino and Monte Carlo's HELL TO THE YES Choice of Red Blue or Aquamarine(ish) colors |

NO MORE OVERPRICED round gauge clusters ever

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Post by REVINKEVIN on Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:38 pm

Oh man, I had to make my own and now they come out with these.

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Post by bracketchev1221 on Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:51 am

Keith, what about leaving the dash alone and putting an RPM activated shift light? I've seen them set up to be say on the 70-72 Chevelle in the hi beam port in the dash. So its hidden but is right between the 2 center gauges in the highest point of the dash.
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Post by ant7377 on Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:09 pm

I want those Dakota set up. One of you guys get it first and i will see how it goes. 😁
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Post by jerry46765 on Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:14 pm

Keith Seymore wrote:Hello everybody -

Hope you are all doing well.

It's time for me to get new instrumentation.  I'm still running the original factory gauges and they are no longer cutting it.

Does anyone have recommendations, or favorites?  

Requirements are (not necessarily in this order):  ease of installation (I'm  not very electrically inclined), accurate enough for race applications, and closest appearance to the production gauges.

I'm asking specifically about a tachometer, engine temp, and engine oil pressure.

Thanks,

K

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Wow for a race car, it looks production car fresh. Do you still street drive the car?

Thanks -
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Post by Keith Seymore on Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:53 am

bracketchev1221 wrote:Keith, what about leaving the dash alone and putting an RPM activated shift light?   I've seen them set up to be say on the 70-72 Chevelle in the hi beam port in the dash.  So its hidden but is right between the 2 center gauges in the highest point of the dash.

Good idea - I have a shift light and I mounted it up at the very top.

So - when the "tailgate ajar" telltale comes on - SHIFT!  (lol)

That takes care of the upper RPM ranges, but I do need a somewhat accurate tach for idle, launch rpm, etc.  Using the same technique I have determined that 3000 rpm actual is about 4000 rpm on my factory tach.

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I am going to give those Dakota gauges a bit of thought, either as a package or individually.
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Post by Keith Seymore on Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:57 am

jerry46765 wrote:

Wow for a race car, it looks production car fresh.  Do you still street drive the car?

Thanks -

I have other cars I use to for cruising, or to go get ice cream, but - yes - a little bit.

One of the classes I compete in is called "True Street".  The game there is you have to drive 30 miles and then come back and make three back to back passes.  You are not allowed to do anything to the car after the cruise except let air out of the rear tires.  If you open the hood - you are out.  Winners are fastest overall, runner up, and then closest to 9.0, 10.0, 11.0 etc ETs all the way up to 16.0.

I have gone 9.996 at 136mph in that configuration:  street trim, through the mufflers, on a DOT tire, licensed and insured.

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Post by jerry46765 on Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:14 pm

True Street sounds like something I would be interested in doing. So the car needs to remain a stock appearance or your preference?

I like the fact that you added safety equipment and didn't go crazy trying to gut the car to save weight.

Thanks for the information.


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Post by bracketchev1221 on Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:28 pm

Keith Seymore wrote:
bracketchev1221 wrote:Keith, what about leaving the dash alone and putting an RPM activated shift light?   I've seen them set up to be say on the 70-72 Chevelle in the hi beam port in the dash.  So its hidden but is right between the 2 center gauges in the highest point of the dash.

Good idea - I have a shift light and I mounted it up at the very top.

So - when the "tailgate ajar" telltale comes on - SHIFT!  (lol)

That takes care of the upper RPM ranges, but I do need a somewhat accurate tach for idle, launch rpm, etc.  Using the same technique I have determined that 3000 rpm actual is about 4000 rpm on my factory tach.

Sad

I am going to give those Dakota gauges a bit of thought, either as a package or individually.

Gotcha.  Oh well.  I have done a bunch of stupid things to protect factory setups.  I had an autometer tach with quick disconnects so I could tune and set the idle in my SS 70 Nova so I didn't have to put a tach in it.  I didn't think about footbraking and trying to leave the line for starting line rpm.  I was a top bulb racer and had a transbrake and a 2 step, so I just put the chip in it and put it on the wood and let it fly!!!!
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