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Information on Auto Meter Aftermarket Gauges

Hello Folks,

I am in the planning stage of updating the instrument panel on my 47 Plymouth. I am considering installing a custom instrument cluster, in place of the original, consisting of a "quad" gauge pod and a combo speedometer and tach (such as the ones offered by Auto Meter).

Anyone out there care to share their experience with Auto Meter instruments, in particular the "quad" and combo speedometer/tach?

Should I even bother looking at the other brands?

Just trying to get ideas and opinions, since its been about 25 years since I last bought some gauges...!

Thanks in advance.

Cheers, Ken

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I have used Auto Meter products since the early seventies. Top of the line products and the best customer service. I have had several swap meet finds re-bezeled and one repaired after some butt-head wired it wrong. Always back here in a week.
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I have used Auto Meter products since the early seventies. Top of the line products and the best customer service. I have had several swap meet finds re-bezeled and one repaired after some butt-head wired it wrong. Always back here in a week.
X2 i have alway's had good luck with Auto Meter also.


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Nearly all the automotive meters and gages made today are made offshore. It's true, in the past AutoMeter and Stewart Warner were the go to brands. It is a bit clouded today IMHO. There is very little difference between the name brand gages.

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Dakota Digital has a analog tri Speedo (Fuel and Volts) and a tri Tach (Temp and Oil), plus it has a digital display, all the lights (turn, hi beam, haz, gear selection and a clock etc), the link is for a 67 camaro but they offer the gages in a stand alone version

http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.c...rod/prd721.htm
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Nearly all the automotive meters and gages made today are made offshore. It's true, in the past AutoMeter and Stewart Warner were the go to brands. It is a bit clouded today IMHO. There is very little difference between the name brand gages.

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I did not know this Vince, This is good to know exspecially since i am looking to put some new gauges in my ride. I have a set of my old sun gauges that i have had since mid to late 70s IIRC. and they still work oil/water/Tach but i hate to put them in anything i have had them so long.


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whats the general opinion on classic instruments ?
i was looking at autometer, but now ive been looking at classic.
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Classic looks great, but for the ease of wiring and over all old style/modern look I like the Dakota
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...Anyone out there care to share their experience with Auto Meter instruments, in particular the "quad" and combo speedometer/tach?...

Thanks in advance.

Cheers, Ken
Ken,

Here's a set I adapted to my Maverick's gauge cluster, along with a few other things. The only "problem" I'm having is the speedo. The needle jumps all over the place below 20 mph. I've checked all the connections, so the wiring may need shielding (which I haven't tried yet).

Russ
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I remember the GOOD SW gauges of the old days but I have been told numerous times by street rodders and even the older techs at Summit Racing that they are not so good anymore.

If you want old timey looking gauges then my choice will always be "Classic Instruments".....yes in deed they are more expensive but they are usualy trouble free and come in many styles like the Quad series. Several vendors sell them on ebay at a reduced price.

You live in So. San Fran, go by Roy Brizio's shop and talk to them, they can give you all the lowdown on which gauges they use....and why.
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This category of the Hotrodders Knowledge Base might be helpful to you: Gauge Suppliers and Restorers. There are almost 50 different companies listed.
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Dakota Digital has a analog tri Speedo (Fuel and Volts) and a tri Tach (Temp and Oil), plus it has a digital display, all the lights (turn, hi beam, haz, gear selection and a clock etc), the link is for a 67 camaro but they offer the gages in a stand alone version

http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.c...rod/prd721.htm
Thanks for the link.

Those look great; unfortunately, I am restricted to a 3 3/8" bezel diameter, whereas the DD tri-gauges are 5" round.

Cheers, Ken
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Ken,

Here's a set I adapted to my Maverick's gauge cluster, along with a few other things. The only "problem" I'm having is the speedo. The needle jumps all over the place below 20 mph. I've checked all the connections, so the wiring may need shielding (which I haven't tried yet).

Russ
Russ,

VERY nice - I assume those are Auto Meters - are they the 5" gauges (as opposed to the 3 3/8")?

Cheers, Ken
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You live in So. San Fran, go by Roy Brizio's shop and talk to them, they can give you all the lowdown on which gauges they use....and why.
Oh, yeah, that's on my agenda, probably tomorrow!

Cheers, Ken
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I have classic instruments, customer support wasn't the best, IMO, but I like the price, the look, and they work well. I had a few problems getting the right part for the electronic speedo.
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