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Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

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Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #1 by PhantomAce » Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:02 am

Okay...
Been spending late evenings this week trying to figure out how to get at least 6 gauges into a "Roundie" ('60-'63) gauge panel/cluster.
And, believe it or not, I think I have figured it out, and I've found a local waterjetcutter that can cut the panels..
I have come up with a layout that will take SEVEN (7) gauges, plus shift light/high-beam/turn signals all in the dash.
Does require using 2-1/16" gauges for everything except the Speedo (3-3/8"), and there are only a few (3 so far) manufacturers with bezel's with a small enough OD to make it work. However, with a small amount of tweaking (stressing the top of the bezel up about 1/16"), they will fit.

What I am trying to figure out yet is HOW to transfer an LED to the High Beams and Turn Signals.
Does anyone have a source/method to getting a green light between the turn signal cut-outs, and a blue light behind the high-beam cut-out?

Would really love to make these work, and dimensionally they do, but I need input for the lighting...

Thanks!
Mine: '61 chero, Clifford 200, E0 head (1.75/1.50, 1.6 rocker), 276 Cam, H-W 38/38, CI 6-to-2 header, T5, front disc, Shelby drop, 8" 3.0-posi, buckets/console, 15" TorqThrust's. Still building...
Son's "Parts Car": '61 chero, local built 200, C9 head (1.75/1.50, 1.5 rocker), 274 cam, 2V direct, Clifford 6-to-2 header, C4, B&M QuickSilver, stock rear and susp (for now).

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Re: Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #2 by bubba22349 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:50 am

How about fiber optics? they are small and you can remote mount the light sorce. :nod:
A bad day Drag Racing is still better than a good day at work!

I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #3 by PhantomAce » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:05 am

Bubba:

Size on the LED's for the turn signals and High-beam aren't really an issue, it's just a matter of finding someone out who makes the stuff. (There is actually LOADS of room for those items.)
I've seen it, and what I've seen is a lot smaller than what room is available, I just don't have a clue who to contact to get it. I've got over an inch (1"+) at the tightest spot at the turn signals, and over 1-1/2"+ at the high-beam. I just need to get a link to supplier for the foil and lights for those.

The hard part was the gauge lay-out, which I think I have nailed.
Have received exact outside dimensions for:
Dolphin gauges (cheapest)
Autometer (el kind of 'spensivo)
Speedhut (really 'spensivo)

I can get all 3 to work, just need a foil and LED supplier for the simple stuff.

Do you have a link with pricing maybe?
Would be great if you did...
Mine: '61 chero, Clifford 200, E0 head (1.75/1.50, 1.6 rocker), 276 Cam, H-W 38/38, CI 6-to-2 header, T5, front disc, Shelby drop, 8" 3.0-posi, buckets/console, 15" TorqThrust's. Still building...
Son's "Parts Car": '61 chero, local built 200, C9 head (1.75/1.50, 1.5 rocker), 274 cam, 2V direct, Clifford 6-to-2 header, C4, B&M QuickSilver, stock rear and susp (for now).

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Re: Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #4 by bubba22349 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:30 am

Here's a link for some at Speedway street rod type they also have gauges too :hmmm:

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Universal ... ,3034.html
A bad day Drag Racing is still better than a good day at work!

I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #5 by PhantomAce » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:38 am

GREAT!
That helps with the high-beam LCD, absolutely!

Now I just need to sort out the turn signals...
Problem is that they are in a "Falcon" shape, and I really don't think I'll find an emblem in LED that matches. Will definitely still need a Foil+LED I think.
In any case, what you provided is a heckuva start.
Thanks so much!
Mine: '61 chero, Clifford 200, E0 head (1.75/1.50, 1.6 rocker), 276 Cam, H-W 38/38, CI 6-to-2 header, T5, front disc, Shelby drop, 8" 3.0-posi, buckets/console, 15" TorqThrust's. Still building...
Son's "Parts Car": '61 chero, local built 200, C9 head (1.75/1.50, 1.5 rocker), 274 cam, 2V direct, Clifford 6-to-2 header, C4, B&M QuickSilver, stock rear and susp (for now).

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Re: Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #6 by bubba22349 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:48 am

Glad to help built a few street rods over the years so have had to do it a few times. If your going to cut the dash pan. on a water jet could they just cut the Falcon shape into it and you than mount the light behind it? :nod:
A bad day Drag Racing is still better than a good day at work!

I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #7 by PhantomAce » Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:16 am

That's the whole idea... see attached...
:)
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww31 ... layout.jpg
Mine: '61 chero, Clifford 200, E0 head (1.75/1.50, 1.6 rocker), 276 Cam, H-W 38/38, CI 6-to-2 header, T5, front disc, Shelby drop, 8" 3.0-posi, buckets/console, 15" TorqThrust's. Still building...
Son's "Parts Car": '61 chero, local built 200, C9 head (1.75/1.50, 1.5 rocker), 274 cam, 2V direct, Clifford 6-to-2 header, C4, B&M QuickSilver, stock rear and susp (for now).

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Re: Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #8 by bubba22349 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:45 am

Okay, yeah that looks like a good layout :thumbup:
A bad day Drag Racing is still better than a good day at work!

I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #9 by cballard1972 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:57 am

nice layout, can't wait to see the finished cluster.
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Re: Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #10 by Falconeer » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:48 am

Hey gang,
Check these gague clusters out in my album: http://public.fotki.com/falconeer/

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Re: Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #11 by iceman » Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:54 pm

Question on the guage install I made my own panel with after market guages too but was comming to a dead end as how to get the gas guage to work as the aftermarket sender that comes with the guages is made for a top tank mount and is a different resistance than stock ford and that won't work without cutting a hole in the top of the tank.

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Re: Custom Gauge Panel (60-63)

Post #12 by Stubby » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:08 pm

Most aftermarket gage companies offer a gage that will work with a ford sender.
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