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Center Gauges
#11
The gauges look nice! This is kinda off the original topic but I noticed you and Eric have aftermarket stereos and you're using the original radio knobs. What stereos are you using and did you have to modify the knobs to fit? I have the customautosound usa-740 and was wanting to replace the knobs with originals but I didn't want to purchase them without knowing if they will fit. Thanks, Ryan

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#12
The stereos are Retrosound units.  Mine's a "Model 2," and I think his might be as well.  When I ordered mine, it had the option to pick your volume and tuning knobs to match the year model.  I just looked at the USA-740, and it hadn't come out yet when I bought my Model 2... and I'm kind of glad, since the USA-740 was essentially the same, but had the wrong knobs, and the owner's manual really doesn't help much.  If it sounds good, and you're happy with it, though - that's all that matters.  I'd considered the USA-630, but in order to get all the cool stuff the 740 and Model 2 come with, you'd wind up with a $600 unit with a bunch of add-on components.

Anyway,

I'll bet the ones I just found in the 'Replacement Parts' section at Retrosound.com would probably fit your system: https://www.retromanufacturing.com/colle...7979445251

Click on the "55-75" knobs for the bigger picture.

The Retrosound units use a 'split-shaft,' whereas the original factory knobs were 'D-shafts.'  I'm willing to bet your USA-740 has the same shafts as the Retrosound units, based on this picture, anyway.

[Image: MSUSA-740_main-01.jpg]

Hope that helps!

Eric

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#13
(06-26-2019, 02:31 PM)NStanglover Wrote: Looking good John.
Funny thing is I just and only just realized I put my oil gauge on the right side, not the left. Oh well, too late now without a lot of work. While looking for this (early ) picture (before I corrected the box thingy above), I noticed I had mocked it up correctly, oil on the left, but somehow final mounted it on the right. Hmmm!
Also it looks like you fabbed up a similar mounting bracket. You are going to love having good gauges.

Geoff.

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Thanks Geoff, I did actually use your set up and bracket fab as a guide, but I put my own twist on it.

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#14
Yes my stereo is a retro sound model 2 unit too and I really love it. The knobs come with it and they are not cheap crap ones, nice and beefy.I had another brand and it didn’t last a year.

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#15
The radio and everything fits right in the bezel plate, no problem. Plus it has all quick connections, very ez install.

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#16
I noticed how Custom Auto Sound says their units are easier to install because there's no assembly required.  That just means that you don't have to hang the shaft assemblies on the bezels and plug them into the head unit - but you still need to adjust the width to match the bezel openings since the units are 'universal fit' for all of the old cars.

Still, I've heard everybody is happy with whichever units they buy (either the USA-XXX models or the Retrosound units), which is good no matter which unit you choose.

Eric

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#17
Thanks guys on the replies. I think I may try the knobs that you listed. Thanks, Ryan

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6
1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction
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(06-26-2019, 08:25 PM)jpaz Wrote:
(06-26-2019, 02:31 PM)NStanglover Wrote: Looking good John.
Funny thing is I just and only just realized I put my oil gauge on the right side, not the left. Oh well, too late now without a lot of work. While looking for this (early ) picture (before I corrected the box thingy above), I noticed I had mocked it up correctly, oil on the left, but somehow final mounted it on the right. Hmmm!
Also it looks like you fabbed up a similar mounting bracket. You are going to love having good gauges.

Geoff.

Thanks Geoff, I did actually use your set up and bracket fab as a guide, but I put my own twist on it.
  Nice job on it too! 
Hope to see it soon in August.
Geoff.
PS, did you see the Retro-Fest pics?

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(06-27-2019, 07:47 AM)Stanglover Wrote:
(06-26-2019, 08:25 PM)jpaz Wrote:
(06-26-2019, 02:31 PM)NStanglover Wrote: Looking good John.
Funny thing is I just and only just realized I put my oil gauge on the right side, not the left. Oh well, too late now without a lot of work. While looking for this (early ) picture (before I corrected the box thingy above), I noticed I had mocked it up correctly, oil on the left, but somehow final mounted it on the right. Hmmm!
Also it looks like you fabbed up a similar mounting bracket. You are going to love having good gauges.

Geoff.

Thanks Geoff, I did actually use your set up and bracket fab as a guide, but I put my own twist on it.
  Nice job on it too! 
Hope to see it soon in August.
Geoff.
PS, did you see the Retro-Fest pics?
Thanks Geoff.
Yes, I did see those. Thanks for posting them.

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(06-26-2019, 08:55 PM)Mister 4x4 Wrote: I noticed how Custom Auto Sound says their units are easier to install because there's no assembly required.  That just means that you don't have to hang the shaft assemblies on the bezels and plug them into the head unit - but you still need to adjust the width to match the bezel openings since the units are 'universal fit' for all of the old cars.

Still, I've heard everybody is happy with whichever units they buy (either the USA-XXX models or the Retrosound units), which is good no matter which unit you choose.
I like the Retrosound better, I think it actually sounds better. It just seems like a better quality unit than the Custom Autosound one. And the volume and tuning shafts are movable. You can pretty much put them where you need to. They have a wire that they are connected with to the unit so you can move them to an unusual spot if need be.

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