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Gauge replacement question.
#1
Good day to all.

It's been many years since I last posted here but circumstances have necessitated my return. Recently my wife, Mach1 Mama, past away from Cancer leaving me her beloved '73 Q code Mach 1. Since she bought and re-built her baby (see Travails of the Trailer Queen) I've only driven the car 3 times in about 9 years, the last time was in 2013. After her passing I've done two short tips in the "Man Magnet" and discovered a few issues that need to be rectified, the first required the complete replacement of the wiring harness. I've decide to go with the kit sold by American Autowire. The second issue deals with the dash and console gauges, I'm seriously looking at Classic Instruments for replacement gauges. however I'm confused as they offer two sets that they claim will fit a '73 Mustang but they differ in dimensions. One set has 3 - 3/8" Tach and speedo and 2 - 1/8" oil, fuel, amp and temp gauges. The other set consists of 4 - 5/8" Tach and speedo and 2 - 5/8" oil, fuel, amp and temp gauges. Which set will be a direct, no modification fit? if neither of them will fit can someone direct me to where I can find direct replacement analogue style gauges that will.

Fair Winds and Following Seas

Denis
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#2
Your best get for a wiring harness is Midlife. He'll rebuild yours to better than factory.

These might help you, you should be able to find some more by searching the forum, several members have retrofitted gauges.

https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-amps...t-in-gauge

https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-look...ght=gauges



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#3
I will soon have these gauges installed in my '73 Q Code Mach 1.

http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.cfm/p...prd922.htm
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#4
+ 1 for Midlife to do your old harness but if yours completely gone then the AAW Classic replacement harness is a good second choice albeit expensive
i'm in the midst of installing their Highway 22 kit as mine RHD and so far a good quality kit with clear instructions plus email support excellent
Original centre gauges should be 2 1/8" but not sure of tach size
If you're looking for something more modern then the Dakota gauges look like a good choice as per EdM or perhaps contact Classic Instruments for more info
Oh and sorry to hear of your wife's passing, my wife had cancer but fortunately still around and hopefully will get to ride in my Mustang when finally finished
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#5
(05-10-2018, 03:46 PM)Don C Wrote: Your best get for a wiring harness is Midlife. He'll rebuild yours to better than factory.

These might help you, you should be able to find some more by searching the forum, several members have retrofitted gauges.

https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-amps...t-in-gauge

https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-look...ght=gauges

Thanks. I'll take a read when I've got a spare minute.

Fair Winds and Following Seas

Denis
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(05-10-2018, 08:43 PM)EdM Wrote: I will soon have these gauges installed in my '73 Q Code Mach 1.

http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.cfm/p...prd922.htm

I was looking at these  gauges. the problem is that it makes the console gauges useless and I'm trying to keep the car as stock looking as possible using OEM style and size gauges. I'm not interested in modifying/creating new brackets to fit aftermarket gauges.

Fair Winds and Following Seas

Denis
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(05-10-2018, 09:41 PM)OzCoupe72 Wrote: + 1 for Midlife to do your old harness but if yours completely gone then the AAW Classic replacement harness is a good second choice albeit expensive
i'm in the midst of installing their Highway 22 kit as mine RHD and so far a good quality kit with clear instructions plus email support excellent
Original centre gauges should be 2 1/8" but not sure of tach size
If you're looking for something more modern then the Dakota gauges look like a good choice as per EdM or perhaps contact Classic Instruments for more info
Oh and sorry to hear of your wife's passing, my wife had cancer but fortunately still around and hopefully will get to ride in my Mustang when finally finished

Cost isn't an issue, time is (I know that sounds strange). I know that Midlife does an awesome job from what I've read here, I just don't want to lay the car up while I have the old harness ripped out, sent across the border to the US, repaired, returned to Canada and installed on the Mach1. I'd just as soon just get a new complete kit for quick installation. Thank you very much for your words of support, it's been 7 months since her passing and I'm dealing with her loss one day at a time.

Fair Winds and Following Seas

Denis
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#8
Anyone know the dimensions of the Tach/Speedo?

Fair Winds and Following Seas

Denis
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#9
May I suggest you contact Rocketmans Classic Cougar Innovations about your gauges? He's a first class guy and can rebuild your factory gauges, or possibly sell you ones already repaired.

Steve
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(05-11-2018, 05:35 AM)Shipwright Wrote:
(05-10-2018, 08:43 PM)EdM Wrote: I will soon have these gauges installed in my '73 Q Code Mach 1.

http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.cfm/p...prd922.htm

I was looking at these  gauges. the problem is that it makes the console gauges useless and I'm trying to keep the car as stock looking as possible using OEM style and size gauges. I'm not interested in modifying/creating new brackets to fit aftermarket gauges.

Understood. This what I am doing. Parts are here and they look great.

http://www.ohiomustang.com/store/order_p...temid=2743
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