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So far, I am very happy with my Camaro. However the one piece I don't like is the dash. Does anyone know if the dash from a 67 or 68 will fit in the 69 without major tear ups?

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If you intend to switch dashs from a 67 or 68 into a 69, you will need to find a donor car because the dash frame and sheet metal is drastically different.

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i'll trade you my Nova dash for your 69 Camaro dash...

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novaderrik,
Thanks for the offer, but that not exactly the look I'm going for. I really like the setup of the 67&68 dashes. The wood trim and square dashes on the 69 are not my favorite. However, the replacement dash panels available are much too expensive. I just thought it would add an interesting twist to use an earlier dash. I am still learning about the differences between the first gen cars. Does anyone else have a modified 69 dash and some pics?

I would like to add a tach, a vacuum gage, and oil pressure and temp. Someone mounted a water temp and oil pressure on a plate hanging from the dash, but they don't work and aren't in a good position.

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The Thrasher Camaro has a custom made dash that used the plastic housing but an aluminum insert to hold the guages. It's a work of art and uses modern gauges. I'm going to try something similar with a Nova dash, just because I don't want to cut up a Camaro housing....I think Clill on this board might still own the Thrasher and if he's online hopefully he can post a pic of it.
 

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I think I've seen Thrasher on another site, maybe DSE. It did look good.

I did a search, and it looks like this topic was hot about two years ago. In fact, one guy, 1st & 2nd GENGuy, said he put a 69 in an earlier car.

Some other were talking about swapping dashes from other cars; does anyone know what dashes will fit?

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Those gauges look very good in the vent. What type (oil, water, etc) gauges do you have in the vent and in the console? I have been thinking about adding the console with the four gauges. By the way, nice car. That is one of my favorite colors.

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Joe G:
I added Autometer gauges to the center vent on my 69 and also in the console.
Check my sig for pics if you are interested.

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Thanks for the kind words.
Tha gauges are all Autometer Phantom series, 2 1/8".
The center vent houses mechanical full (270°) sweep gauges: water temp, vacuum, oil pressure.
Console houses electric 90° sweep: fuel, volts, trans temp and oil temp.
Autometer makes the console pod as well.

No shortage of engine info!


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Have you seen the Year One show car that looks like a Pace Car with modern add-ons?
It has a very nice custom dash. They removed the Instrument cluster and fabricated a flat dash that goes from the vent on the left side, to just beyond the heater controls on the right. I uses the stock dash pad. You'd have to hack up your dash, but it looks really nice. I've seen several pics of it lately, so I bet you can find one at Year One's web site.

I can send or fax a photocopy, if you are interested.
 

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Unreal,
I believe this car is featured in a Camaro specific magazine this month. I don't remember the exact title even though I receive the mag. This is the car the owner of Year One had built, right? I will take a look at that again.

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I am pretty sure that the Year One Camaro uses the DS&E 1969 dash insert.

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YEAH, Year one used the DSE dash insert. Funny cause they sell them in there on line catalog now. Wanna check out some quality custom dashes check out the www.pro-touring.com website. Lot of guys doing some custom dashs there. One guy in particular fit a complete 97 dash into a 69 camaro. Looks really good and measured up pretty close from what I remember. I myself am in the process of customizing the dash without hacking up the internals of it. Something I can kind of bolt onto the inner structure like a complete faceplate without ruining it. So if I want to change it back I can. Have all the ideas on paper, but havent put it to real form yet.Will have all the typical gauges along with a built in GPS system, keypad start and a couple of other goodies. Will keep you posted on the process. Long cold winter up here in New England so got a lot of time till spring.Good luck!!
 

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If you have an extra $650 laying around try the www.detroitspeed.com set-up. Looks very good and you can arrange the gauges as you like.

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