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View Poll Results: Which dash layout? '66 GTO Vert custom
Put 2 gauges BELOW the dash and keep the radio 4 40.00%
Put 2 gauges where the radio goes and use Secret Audio 6 60.00%
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Dash layout - please vote!

I'm working on making a custom dash using autometer gauges for my '66 GTO Vert restomod. I'm using 8 gauges (speedo, tach, volt, h20 temp, fuel level, oil pressure, oil temp and fuel pressure). I have .063" engine turned aluminum I'm making the face from, and will use "factory type" chrome knobs and chrome heater/fan controls. I was going to use a Custom Autosound USA630 vintage type radio in the normal radio mounting location, and then mount the remaining two gauges below the dash. However, I can also use that opening to mount the remaining two gauges and then use a Secret Audio SS (w/RF remote) for the radio.

Here are a couple images. One is with the exact layout retaining the radio, though the radio measurements will be different because of the radio size. The backing material will be different of course.

Please let me know your opinions. I'm kind of leaning toward getting all the gauges in the dash right now.




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I like the looks of the bottom one the top one looks like there out of place I think
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Also, just to be clear -

If the radio stays in the dash, there will need to be two gauges mounted BELOW the dash separately. So you need to also picture a pod/panel with 2 gauges below the radio in the 2nd picture. There will not be a console in this car.
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i would move the radio, put the heater and air controls where the radio was

mount the two gages where the heater and air controls lived

makes scanning the instruments left to right

keeps the hand controls, knobs and levers all in a line across the bottom, clean
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I like the look of the bottom picture....
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i would move the radio, put the heater and air controls where the radio was

mount the two gages where the heater and air controls lived

makes scanning the instruments left to right

keeps the hand controls, knobs and levers all in a line across the bottom, clean
I truly appreciate the intent, but that's not in the cards. The two choices are what I have. In the '66 Pontiac A-Body, the actual steel dash is behind the plastic bezel. The bezel has a pre-formed area that is reinforced to handle the weight and stress of the heater/fan controls. The plastic bezel perimeter is also completely exposed, requiring that it be used. Moving the heater/fan controls down is simply not possible without completely discarding the entire plastic bezel and gutting the steel behind it.
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I'd like to make sure that people who like the bottom pic recognize that it won't look exactly like the bottom pic. As mentioned, I'll need to add two more gauges and I'm not going to have a console. If everyone realizes this no problem. Just want to make sure that people arent' just glancing at the pics and not understanding the question.
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I would not hang any more gauges below the dash.
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I realize the second photo isn't of the car in question - but are you planning on installing a center console like in the 2nd picture? If you are, I'd consider relocating the radio to the console instead of having it hidden if the car is going to be seeing some miles.

I'm not a fan of hanging gauges below the dash - but if it came down to it I'd make a fiberglass form below the center of the dash using the contours of the original for cues and match the turned center section to make it look like its supposed to be there.
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I am not going to use a console. I want to keep the interior a bit more "clean".
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Heres a few that lets you keep your radio and have all your gages.
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I really appreciate the ideas, folks, but...

There is a reason I had the two choices. The design and construction of the original dash (which must be used) is such that there is only so much room. I realize it's easy to move around circles on the picture, but the problem is that I need to retain some amount of the plastic bezel. In the above post, the 2nd and 3rd pic are just plain not possible without risking serious stress issues. It would require removing so much of the bezel that there wouldn't be enough left and the bezel would be far too weak - plus the switches would no longer have sufficient plastic to mount. I also need to leave some amount of plastic inside the bezel all the way around so that the metal panel has something to seat against. There are only small and weak mounts on the dash which I've highlighted with yellow arrows. Note how I've already had to cut out plastic. It "may" be possible for the top one to work but it would be very close. Keep in mind that while you can purchase a new 67 bezel, the 66 is different and is not remanufactured. I need to be careful with this. And it has to live comfortably in a 600hp based vehicle.

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wmhjr you got to do what you got to do. It will look alright the way you have it its your car RIGHT, go for it
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Hmm I didnt realize it was made like that. Is the plastic just a flat piece or is it molded around the sides Cant really tell from the pic.

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It's not flat. The sides stick out and then curve around.



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