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 Post Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:07 pm 
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Not much, but I'm starting to get the interior back together. Here's a before shot:

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Here's what it looked like today before I got started:

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My son wants the interior to be black. So, here's the parts I needed to dye black:

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Here's the dash installed after it has been dyed black:

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If you remember from WAY back, I purchased Autometer Phantom gauges. They are installed in a custom gauge panel, here's what they look like:

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I'm mounting the oil pressure and volts gauge in the gauge panel cover (bottom right-hand-corner). See below:

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I had to break out the cut-off wheel and hack-up the factory gauge cluster backing to make room for the speedo and tach. Obviously, the gauge cluster is not re-usable after these modifications:

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Here's a shot of what it will look like when installed. Notice the oil pressure and volts gauge in the lower-right-hand corner. If you look close, you will also see a small LED between the two gauges. This will be the "check engine" light. I will mount the OBDII connecter below the dash to retrieve codes.

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Here's the gauges installed in the dash and connected. Everything is working and looks really good if I do say so myself. You can see the high beam LED on in this shot. I don't have the oil pressure and volts gauges installed in this shot. I haven't installed the gauge pod cover yet....

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Here's a short video I did to show operation. Please right click and "save as".
http://www.maliburacing.com/josh_malibu/11-11-09/gauge_video_avi.avi

I'm off work tomorrow, so I plan on finishing the dash and then installing the B&M Hammer shifter and the seat mounts. Here's a shot of one of the seats. It's not a good picture since it's wrapped in plastic, but you get the idea, it's a Corbeau style seat.

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I will update tomorrows progress, so check back.

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 Post Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:31 pm 
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MAN!! Thats looking nice! 8)

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looking good

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lookiin good phillip. nice to see you getting back to the project!

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wow it all looks great nice job ,,, one question was wondering if the metal insert for the gauges would work in this type of bezel this is the path i plan on going thanks Image

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The housing is completely different inside. You might be able to get ahold of blownbigblock to see if he could make you a plate for it though. He made a bunch a while back for the wide speedo clusters.

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Looks NICE!

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Looks great man!

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hey that looks great!what did you use to die the dash?those gauges look great against the black backing,thanks for the update.

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It's plastic/vinyl dye in a spray can. VHT, SEM and Duplicolor makes different colors. Parts stores usually carries one brand or another.

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I really like the dash. I will ba doing a similar swap on my 80. Where did you get the panel to mount the tach, speedo and gauges?


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I purchase a blank gauge panel from a member on this site. His username is blownbigblock (click on username for contact info).

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That dash looks soo good. Keep up the good work man, Not too far off now!

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Do that guy still makes the gauge cluster


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