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Dash Gauge Assembly Question

Gathering parts to assemble my factory gauge pod and since I am starting with nothing, I need to know what is needed to accomplish this. I do have the housing, speedo, tach and printed circuit. What I don't have is the other assorted pieces and brackets to assemble. Does anyone have a good assembly drawing or a good pic of the factory pod assembly?
Also are the other assorted parts available new or do I need to hit the swap meets and look on evilbay.
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Re: Dash Gauge Assembly Question

Just sockets and bulbs? There is a ground wire, too. The hole for the tach will have to be enlarged if going from a fuel gauge to tach... Tach wire/lead is built into the (correct) harness. Have to drill a hole in lense for clock if not there already. Ummm... That's it?


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Re: Dash Gauge Assembly Question

You can buy everything you need for the dash panel aftermarket at places like Firewheel Classics or Rick's first Gen. What year do you have? The dash panel only attaches to the dash itself with about 6-7 screws n a 67-68. On a 67-68 You will need a ground strap that goes from the top of the printed circuit board to the center screw for the dash panel. Make sure that strap is a good solid ground - its important. If you have a 69 I assume it will be different.

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Re: Dash Gauge Assembly Question

There must be something to secure the gauges to the housing. All I have is the housing, the speedo and the tach from Classic Industries. Also, how does the printed circuit attach to the single gauges? Really need an exploded drawing or photos.
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You can buy everything you need for the dash panel aftermarket at places like Firewheel Classics or Rick's first Gen. What year do you have? The dash panel only attaches to the dash itself with about 6-7 screws n a 67-68. On a 67-68 You will need a ground strap that goes from the top of the printed circuit board to the center screw for the dash panel. Make sure that strap is a good solid ground - its important. If you have a 69 I assume it will be different.

Oh sorry....It is a 67 RS car.
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Re: Dash Gauge Assembly Question

The gauges mount into a rear housing that bolts to the front one sandwiching the lens. You have that, too? Once those two are together, the circuit board is held in place by inserting the bulb sockets, harness, and a few nuts and washers.


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There must be something to secure the gauges to the housing. All I have is the housing, the speedo and the tach from Classic Industries. Also, how does the printed circuit attach to the single gauges? Really need an exploded drawing or photos.
Here you go Joel, this scan is from my 68 AIM but should be the same. The part the gauges mount to is metal and that is attached to the dash carrier assembly with a few screws around the outside.

This picture is the real thing from when I replaced my fuel guage for a tach.
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Re: Dash Gauge Assembly Question

Joel just saw this on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/67-68...Q5fAccessories

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Wow and that is what I need except I need one for a speedo and tach.
Any help guys??
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Thanks for the pic and that back housing is exactly what I need. You wouldnt happen to know of one out there somewhere would you??
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That part on eBay is what you need if you want to put an aftermarket tach, which is exactly what I did in the pic above. That is the only part that isn't available repo I think. Unless you have an original factory tach I highly recommend a good quality repo and they are designed to go in the housing on eBay so snatch it up. My tach is made by Classic and works great. This is the 67 version: http://www.rickscamaros.com/product....1&dept_id=3362 (cheaper then the 68 tic-toc-tach)
Using a repo of the original is nice because you still have the blinker and original wiring works (with the correct circuit board).

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Re: Dash Gauge Assembly Question

And that's the problem. I bought a new OEM type speedo and tach from Classic Industries. So using the back housing as pictured above is not an option. Wanted the factory setup but guess I made $600 mistake...lol
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Re: Dash Gauge Assembly Question

You guys are talking about the metal carrier(s) that the gauges are mounted to and has the circuit board on the back, right? You need a fuel gauge carrier for a tach? Interesting... Anyway, I have seen about 5 or six complete gauge clusters at a salvage yard by me. I was looking for the low fuel lens... I believe they were all fuel gauge clusters. If that is all you need, PM me. Plus, I've been meaning to check out another salvage place about 2 hours away near my family! :-D Oh, and there is the swap meet this weekend...


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Re: Dash Gauge Assembly Question

I am needing the speedo / tach housing not the speedo / fuel gauge housing. Someone had mentioned that the fuel gauge rear housing could be made to work but to be honest I have never seen that done. Any help you can offer is appreciated.
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