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Looking at gagues...

Guess I should start by saying the the holes in my dashboard are 4 1/8". They are in a raised part of the dash panel and would be difficult to enlarge and still look decent. I'v looked at Moon, Autometer, and Clascic Instruments ( who dose list a 5" quad gague ) and everything seems to be in a 3 3/8" format. All this stuff is pricey. I guess my question is... dose anyone know of a 4" spedo/quad manufacture?

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Dont know of ANY 4" speedos......they make 5" tachs


but the industry standard is 3 3/8 and you'll pay 500 for a full set

speedo
tach
fuel
temp
oil pressure
volt (or) amp

I was going to buy a set for my camaro and it ended up being cheaper to buy the original gauge cluster
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There is a set of gauges made for '51 Chevy cars. which are 4" holes, so they would work and it's a quad gauge ( fuel leval, oil press, volt and coolant temp ) and a speedometer.. I'v seen them in www.streetrodhq.com
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There is a set of gauges made for '51 Chevy cars. which are 4" holes, so they would work and it's a quad gauge ( fuel leval, oil press, volt and coolant temp ) and a speedometer.. I'v seen them in www.streetrodhq.com
Thanks for the link! The only 4" gauge that I saw was digital so the search continues.
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:24 AM
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I don't know if you still have your original Guages, but if you do you could send them to Classic Industries (or others) and have them reconditioned and/or painted to match your Interior-just a thought-
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Thanks for the link! The only 4" gauge that I saw was digital so the search continues.
P/N ALUMDASH-51-52 there listed as 3 3/8" but if you look at the pic, there is a collar that makes up the diffrence. I just checked my '51 Chevy gauges ( original ) and they measure just over 4"
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Sorry to be a pain here... Couldn't find "ALUMDASH-51-52" in the photos, in the site search, or on a google search. What page was that on? Thanks in advance.
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AlumDash is the manufacturer code

http://www.streetrodhq.com/browse.la...ept=car&skip=2

keep in mind that those are NOT the gauges.....only the ring to make 3 3/8 gauges fit
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My solution

Think I may have found a way to do this somewhat artfully. The dash in question is a '38 Ford pick-up. Probably the most difficulty I'v had so far is removing all the brackets for the original units. Then I made a backer out of scrap sheet. and traced the original opening into that. A few measurements and a head scratch or two and I had the 3 3/8" holes centered in the backer. I found a supplier of Pick Guard for guitars and picked a blue Pearl for what will be the gage surrounds. Stopped there until I had the actual gage in hand for the final dimension, but you get the idea. There will only be about a 3/8" band of the Pearl exposed around the gages. See the next post.
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Pick guard and backer in place. So the question now is...can he get away on the cheap and still look decent? Comments welcome.
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ehh...I dont much care for the pearl look...but to each his own.

Only thing I would be worried about is screwing the plate to the back of the dash.

you'll want to put about 8 screws....otherwise it may have a tendency to rattle and move with the weight of the gauges.

That pickguard is some good stuff.....I had to buy a blank for my strat when I installed humbuckers in it. They are surprisingly strong.
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Cool ingenuity on the backer plate. I agree that you'll want to make certain it's vibration-isolated and securely fastened. Perhaps a sheet of neoprene or similar material between dash plate and backer plate ?
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Thanks for the input. I understand the vibration concerns, but frankly I don't see weight as an issue as these gages 'look' a little on the dinky side (will know on Tuesday) to me. I was thinking about using panel adhesive to mount the panels to the back of the dash. I suppose I should find out the weight of all the component parts an go from there.
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