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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 10th, 20, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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Added Console Gauges

I added the Auto Meter console gauge panel yesterday from Jegs. It wasn’t too bad of an install other than just time. I think it’s a much better look than the 3 gauge panel hanging below my radio delete, but now I have a working gas gauge 🙂. The next project is replacing the old dash fuel gauge with a factory tach. How hard is that?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old May 10th, 20, 03:46 PM
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Re: Added Console Gauges

Looks nice, which gauges did you choose?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old May 10th, 20, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I went with the basic Auto Meter 2 1/8” gauges. The fuel gauge is an Auto Meter Phantom series. Someday I’ll upgrade, but they work well.

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As far as how hard is it to replace the tach, its pretty easy as far as things go. I replaced mine with a Dakota Digital and the hardest part was to get the bolts lined back up to mount the steer column. One of them has some play in it and it took me a minute to realize I could move it to make it align with the mount on the column. You will need to drop it down to get the dash out. Watch out for the shim between the column and where it mounts. Beyond that, just keep track of all the little screws that come out. If you're running an HEI distributor, you'll need to run the signal wire from the tach to the port right next to the 12v power supply in the distributor. You're local auto parts store probably sells a pig tail that has both the 12v and tach connections. I spliced in the wires, ran them through the hole for the speedo cable and that was it. I don't know the specifics of a non HEI distributor but I'd guess it is similar.
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As far as how hard is it to replace the tach, its pretty easy as far as things go. I replaced mine with a Dakota Digital and the hardest part was to get the bolts lined back up to mount the steer column. One of them has some play in it and it took me a minute to realize I could move it to make it align with the mount on the column. You will need to drop it down to get the dash out. Watch out for the shim between the column and where it mounts. Beyond that, just keep track of all the little screws that come out. If you're running an HEI distributor, you'll need to run the signal wire from the tach to the port right next to the 12v power supply in the distributor. You're local auto parts store probably sells a pig tail that has both the 12v and tach connections. I spliced in the wires, ran them through the hole for the speedo cable and that was it. I don't know the specifics of a non HEI distributor but I'd guess it is similar.
Thank you! Great to hear it's simple.

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Re: Added Console Gauges

I got that too. Also replaced the dash gauges with Autometer Speedo and Tach. Started with a three gauge pod the added the four gauge with fuel level, the tach and speedo in the center cluster. Console gauges were pretty simple, Center cluster took some fabbing of a plate to hold the gauges.

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Nice, sounds like we’re on the same page with these gauges. What are the Auto Meter part numbers you used for the speedo and tach?

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