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Old 07-30-2003, 02:37 PM
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1952 chevy pickup and 5" gauges

Hey out there,

Got a minor problem here. My friend has a 1952 GMC/chevy
pickup. We attempted to start installing 5" diameter gauges
in the existing stock holes. Come to find out they are not 5"
diameter. I've looked around on the net and found pictures of the
new billet bezels that allow them to be installed in the existing holes.
Nobody seems to carry them in stock, and I can't find the manufacturer's
website or anything about them. Can anybody out there help?
I attached an image so you folks out there could see what i'm looking for.
Thanks for any help.

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Old 07-30-2003, 03:04 PM
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I do not see the image that you attached? Alan Hovath installed the 5 inch units in his, I am using the standard 3 1/8 VDO's in mine with the Billet Alum adapters, which I painted.
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Yup. Mine came out great, too. You can see here

Dolphin Gauges is where I got mine, Ford1a ... you can see the inserts for your '52 here

Good luck, bro'!

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Old 08-01-2003, 12:28 PM
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Alan, The three dots by your speedometer, are they lights?
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Yup. And nice to have!!!

Top one is red -- highbeam indicator.

Left & right are yellow -- turn signal indicators.

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Old 08-01-2003, 06:06 PM
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Alan,
The Dolphin gauges look great. I was thinking about using the Daytona Instruments with the Electronic Speedometer. Has anyone used them. The "easy to Calibrate 5 function Speedometer" sounds like something a gadget guy might like to mess with. Or it could be a real pain.
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I've heard GOOD reports about 'em, BigMac ... if that's what you want, I say go ahead!

Personally, I don't like the look of digital stuff ... I like mechanical. My Dolphin speedo is adjustable, and a bit of a pain -- you have to do the pace car routine 2 or 3 times to adjust it ... but I just put mine in and it seemed accurate ... then, yesterday, I drove past one of those digital Police signs that say "You are driving XX MPH" -- ever see one? Only I was going the other way, so I went around the block and drove by it -- it said I was going 34 mph, and I be danged! My speedo said the same! I still need to check it at a higher speed before I'll be totally convinced though. I have 15" wheels in the back and 14" in the front and that's why I bought the adjustable speedo.

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Ford1a,
I just got my gauges in and put them in my 49 truck. I used my old bezels for now but ordered new ones from Chevy Duty for less than $10 each. Good company and I get everything I order in less than a week. If you have any problems let me know. I think we have the same dash.
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Which gauges did you put in, BigMac?

I agree -- Chevy Duty is GREAT! Did you get your bezels yet? How was the quality?

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I use Chevy Duty all of the Time, in fact I am going by there on Saturday to pick up a back order for the wiper bezels for the 50. I like to use VDO gauges as I am the most familar with them. The bab thing is you can not get them as a 5" gauge so you have to run the aluminum adapters or cut up your dash. They are the most simple to adjust that I have seen as the button to adjust is on the front of the gauge, also is the switch between the regualr odometer and the trip. TPI Tech has now come out with there own line of gauges that mounts the button in a remote location, I may try a set in the future as they are available in 5". Just my 2 cents worth.
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I used VDO electronic speedo and tach in my 69 GMC pickup and shimmed the hole around the gages with 1/2 inch corian counter top material. I used white as that was all I had at the time but when I redo them I'll use some gray scraps I had left over from a counter top job.
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