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Covans Classic gauge kits

Has any one installed any covan classic gauge kits, if so what problems did you encounter and what cars? I have read some people are having issues with their gauge kits but other than that i do not see any other issues.

What other after market gauge kits would recommend? I am at the end of my project and need a good after market gauge panel for a 67 chevelle.

the two options i have found so far are:
1) dakota digital
2) covans classic

any replies are greatly appreciated.

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I helped a friend install a Covan's in a 65 Chevelle a couple of years ago. He was disappointed in how flimsy it was. I agree! However, it seemed to be ok once installed. This was a couple of years ago though and they may have changed?

No experience with Dakota Digital.

If you want original style checkout here:
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I installed a dakota digital dash in my neighbors 59 chevy truck and it was a very nice unit. The only problem I had with it was the oil presssure sending unit hitting the intake in the back so I had to use pipe fittings to angle it. It was easy to install and adjust the the gauges.
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Well thanks for the replys. I decided to go with covans because of the autometer gauges. Here's a good one, i placed my order thru summit racing because they are easy to work with and the price was the same if i ordered it from covans plus i like having a middle man talk to supplier. My order got back ordered 3 time, 1st time i was okay with it, 2nd time i was frustrated, 3rd time time for a call to summit. Called summit and they talked to covan's, supposably fitment issues was the reason. After that i cancled my order, gotta love the middle man.

I am going to try to get my friend to make me a custom fiber glass dash from another wrecked 67, hope it works!
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I installed a covan's dash in a 67 camaro rs coupe with the autometer gauges, it looked nice, but is made of the flimsiness vacuum formed plastic that is possible to hold the gauges! the fit was good, but you still had to drill and install your own l.e.d. indicator lights-now they come as an option! They are just too expensive-in my opinion,for what you get!!
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Avoid Covan's

Ordered the Complete package for my 63 Nova back in January..
Carbon Fiber Gauge Panel with Auto-Meter carbon Fiber gauge set.
Almost $800.00 worth..
Called in February and was told the GAuges had been delayed due to weather (OK I can accept that) They charged my credit card the first week of March, and just this week (March 30th) I Finally received a box from them.
Only it contained the BLANK 6 gauge Panel filler set and no gauges..
No indication of anything being back ordered, they just sent me the wrong part #
I've been trying to contact then for the past 4 days and NO ONE answers the phone, returns email messages, the FAX # doesn't pick up either.

I did get an automated reply to my email message saying they were moving and should be back up and running by yesterday...

Decided I had no choice but to start the process with my CC Company to reverse the charge out as a "Did not receive merchandise ordered".

I'd be glad to give them a chance to "Make it Right" if I could actually talk to someone.
Good luck to anyone else even thinking about ordering from them.
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