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Trying to get the dash panel sorted out in the wifes 65..She got it with two non matching gauges of different sizes..Since the tach was the full size of the cutout I couldn't replace it with anything smaller than a 3 3/8ths size gauge..That size is pretty limited other than speedo's and tachs...So that made it difficult to match it up with something the same size on the other side.

So I picked up another instrument panel at a swap meet.

Now for the dilemma..We are looking at two different sets of gauges...The american muscle series has the brushed aluminium look very similar to the original speedo..But it doesn't have a small sized tach and the gauges are not mechanical(which I like)..I do like the look of them though.I cut out some pics of them just to get an idea..


Here is the other set of gauges(autometer designer black series) which does include a small tach which I was going to match up with an oil pressure gauge.

Here is another pic with one of each.

Which set do you like better?..The part that sucks is if we go with the american muscle series we wouldn't have a tach and the wife isn't big on the idea of an add on tach somewhere else..
 

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If you find a cluster from an old Bronco all 4 gauges are in the cluster instead of 2 gauges & 2 lights. Then if you find a small tach & matching clock you could use the other spots for those. Another option is to use the complete cluster from a '65/'66 Custom Cab. This is a picture of what the Custom Cab cluster looks like. The 1st is the 2 gauge version. Somebody added the button on the left.



This 1 is a 4 gauge option.



Here is the Bronco cluster



You can check here & call Riff. Tell him what you want/are looking for. I know he has plenty of the Custom Cab clusters. Not sure on the Bronco cluster. Tell him Steve from Indianapolis sent you.

Here is the cluster from a '64 F600

 

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I like the gauges that have the shiny face with the arched oval cut out for the numbers or marks. They look more in character with the 65 vintage than the simple black faced gauges. Those must be the American Muscle series gauges.

Only best place for a tach from a practical perspective is up where you can see it as you drive. No way could I glance down at one if I'm on the track. You can get a good quality, smaller tach that is not so obtrusive. I run one on my drag stang. Its a simple, black, Autometer tach in a 3 1/2" or so dial.
 

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Many many moons ago I seen a great idea for tach location for those that race. Mount on the left pillar so that it blocks the other lane's tree when you are on the line. You use the rear view mirror for the same thing when in the other lane.
 

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Hmmm out of the two? I think the first 'mock-up' looks better. the last set would look better if they were 270 sweep gauges though. would look more in style with the speedo
 

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American Muscle has big sweep gauges too.

These look great. I'm contemplating this stuff for my dune buggy now with one of those round speedo's with those built in gauges. Real estate on the dash on the buggy is slim.
 

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We ended up going with the short sweep American muscle style..The big sweep ones were crazy expensive...I will post some pics once I get them installed..One thing that doesn't show up in the advertisement pics is the size of the outside bezels..They are actually quite large and the gauge is sunken down in a bit which makes them look even bigger..
 

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That looks like a nice old red truck. Did you say you have a 390 in that?

It looks better with the speedo black instead of red too.

A small(ish) tach up on the dash like mine would not look bad. It would also be apparent by anyone looking through the windshield that the truck has some guts to it. Maybe that is not so much a good thing sometimes from people that would want to race you.
 

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Finally got the gauges finished up..Had a problem with the voltmeter.It wouldn't work when the nuts were tightened up on the back..Took a while to figure that one out I had and replace the gauge..I also had a problem installing the sending unit..It was so tall I could not thread it into the oil filter adaptor without removing the oil filter adaptor from the engine as it hit an ear sticking out on the side of the block..Of course the gasket ripped when I removed the oil filter adaptor and nobody stocks the gasket anymore!...The wife finally tracked down a gasket from a ford dealership out in Saskatchewan and they mailed us a couple..



Here is another pic showing how close the sender fits between the oil filter adaptor and the ear on the block.It only clears the block by about 1/4 of an inch..
 

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That looks like a nice old red truck. Did you say you have a 390 in that?

It looks better with the speedo black instead of red too.

A small(ish) tach up on the dash like mine would not look bad. It would also be apparent by anyone looking through the windshield that the truck has some guts to it. Maybe that is not so much a good thing sometimes from people that would want to race you.
Thanks..Yes it has a very mild 390 in it..Maybe down the road we will install a tach..The American Muscle series gauge does have a 3 3/8ths size in dash style tach that might work in a chrome cup...
 
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