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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 16, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Trying to figure out the cost of an LS swap into my '68. Already have a 58k miles 2002 WS6 6 speed Trans Am for a donor car, so I have that part covered. Planning to use the Holley/Hooker mounts etc.

I have been looking at gauges for the conversion and Jeggs, Summit etc are all priced the same for autometer stuff.

Are there better places to buy gauges or better (less expensive) options other than autometer??

Anyone have a set they want to sell??
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You can use the stock gauges if you have them.
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Check out speedhut.com, I have been looking at these gauges for a while now. They can custom make gauges and you can put your own script or graphics on them. They can be expensive but I found them cheaper than the auto meter gauges I am interested in.
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You can use the stock gauges if you have them.
Car didn't come with a factory tach or console gauges and, from what I understand, I'd need a $300+ electronic speedometer cable drive to run the mechanical speedo off the electric signal from the transmission. Or, I could buy a factory tach and have the speedometer converted to electronic.....either way, it will cost as much or more than aftermarket gauges.
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Check out New Vintage USA. 68 series 3 in 1. http://www.newvintageusa.com/1968.html

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Trying to figure out the cost of an LS swap into my '68. Already have a 58k miles 2002 WS6 6 speed Trans Am for a donor car, so I have that part covered.
Are you leaving the engine stock ? LS engines really wake up with a decent camshaft.

I would budget $1000 for a cam/lifter/springs swap.

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Car didn't come with a factory tach or console gauges and, from what I understand, I'd need a $300+ electronic speedometer cable drive to run the mechanical speedo off the electric signal from the transmission. Or, I could buy a factory tach and have the speedometer converted to electronic.....either way, it will cost as much or more than aftermarket gauges.
If you go autometer or others you'd be changing the cluster. I've done a bunch and find AM to be the most cost effective way to go. Ohters may be priced for less. I've always been pleased with the selection and performance of AM

Dakota Digital has a nice set up too but you still have to buy the carrier and last I checked it was 6-8 week delivery time when I was ordering for a 72 Camaro earlier this year
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Holley has some new ones,in addition to the odometer/trip their GPS speedo has a 1/4 mile and 60'

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If you have the original gauge cluster I second Dakota digital VHX gauges. Very nice and pop right in. Talks well with the ecm and very programmable. Check out their website or YouTube videos.
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Check out New Vintage USA. 68 series 3 in 1. New Vintage USA
Nice site and nice cluster.
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I have these gauges in my 69 but here is the 68 version set up. Excellent gauges in my opinion in the LS set up. I think it took about 2-3 weeks for delivery.


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I have these gauges in my 69 but here is the 68 version set up. Excellent gauges in my opinion in the LS set up. I think it took about 2-3 weeks for delivery.


1967 1968 Chevy Camaro VHX Gauge Kit LS3 LSX BB SB Carbon Blue Dakota Digital | eBay
Nice. How much was it to add the dash carrier if you don't have one?

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Nice. How much was it to add the dash carrier if you don't have one?

From what I can tell they use the factory carrier so whatever those cost.

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They fit in your existing stock gauge carrier
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They fit in your existing stock gauge carrier
Wow, those are nice and not gaudy like most others.

I was going with the old school sun tach on the column and the 3 gauge cluster like the 67's have.

But now I might sell that and go with this......

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