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Old 04-08-2007, 07:19 AM
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Original gauges restroed ? Who ???

I have a nearly mint original dash gauge cluster (amps,oil,fuel,temp) and speedo that I would like to keep in the car (37 Dodge). I am running a slightly built (350hp) 350 with a 350 trans. I would like to keep the original cluster and speedo functional in the car. Looking for a good and reasonable company to convert the setup so it can be used. Also any companies I should stay away from...... Thanks in advance and a Happy easter to y'all ..........

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Old 04-08-2007, 07:54 AM
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These guys have been in business for a long time and I have only heard good about them. The last time I checked with them the retro fit and restoration of a gauge cluster was about 600.00. IIRC they use SW or VDO movements and redo the faces to reflect any changes in range, but they keep the same fonts and colors.

http://www.speedometershop.com/hipo-pag.htm

When you click that link, go to the link that says "encore gauges", then click on the picture of a bunch of restored gauges to see what they offer.

They are in Riverside Ca, I'm sure there are other companies that do the retrofit service as well.

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Doc here,

Let's see if I read your post correctly, Do you wish a New set of meter movements, New Silk Screening , New Bezels , New Glass, and Bucket Paint...(Because you mention it is Near Pristine now..)

OR do you wish to just convert it from 6 volts to 12 volts..???

To do a total restore, Can get costly..as much as $500 For a simple cluster.

You Can However BUILD an Instrument Regulator to drop and REGULATE the gauges for under $10 bucks from simple (to use and get) Parts at home..

To build the Instrument regulator, all you need is a 3 Tab linear IC regulator , a 7606, and a heat sink tab (rat shak, $3 for the IC, and .99 for the heat sink, ) and some 18 gauge wire and a male and female molded plug..all from the local rat shak..



  • Mount the IC on the Heat-sink using heat compound, and the single screw..,





  • Next , From the CENTER terminal of the IC..solder a BLACK 18 gauge wire form it and install heat-shrink tubing OVER the wire and terminal and shrink..


  • From there, install a female pin from your molded plug to the center pin of the plug (assuming you got 3 pin m/f plugs..you CAN wire it direct also..) This will be your Hard ground when finished..


  • Next , Solder a RED 18 Gauge wire to the left terminal of the IC, add Heat shrink and shrink..Run this to the Left Female pin on your plug..This, when through, will be your 12 volts , switched , Fused (at 2 amp) Power line to the chip..

  • Lastly on the regulator, install an 18 gauge ORANGE wire to the right terminal , then heat-shrink tubing then shrink, and install it to the right pin on your plug, make this pin MALE (and do the reverse on the cluster plug, So the plugs can not ever be reversed..) This wire will be your 6 volt , regulated output to the gauge cluster..





  • Mirror the Plug for the Cluster / Body side..Check and Test your wiring, and meter the regulated side for 6 volts BEFORE connecting it to the cluster..


  • If good, find a suitable mounting spot for it, (it's smaller than a 25 cent piece and slightly larger than a nickel..) you can drill a hole for a single tech screw through the top of the heatsink.., or Epoxy it to a body panel or even attach it with a hose clamp to the steering column..




THE SHINY ITEM IS A NICKEL....



Better than a Runtz (IMHO, anyway) , Or a BIG arsed ceramic dropping resistor, Not only does it drop the voltage, BUT regulates it , Will HOLD rock solid 6 volts until the input voltage reaches 25% of it's regulated value (or about 9 volts..) on the input..then it will shut down...

This translated, means no more "Gauge Swing" at low RPM, especially If you are still using a Generator or a one wire alternator..Costs less than a sawbuck..takes about an hour of your time to do and feels great when "the Plan all comes together"..to say you Did it..

Sorry for the crummy photos..I'm better at building stuff then photographing it..

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