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Seeking Help & Advice on Centre Guage Setup.
#1
Hi To All,

Don't know if this topic has been covered before, but my '73 Convertible never came with any centre gauges from factory, and of course, i've got the stock idiot light setup as well. After doing a fair amount of research over the recent months, on trying to install a tach and centre gauge setup for my car, i decided to settle for a Rocketman Tach, and aftermarket gauges plus a new centre dash bezel, instead of going down the path of trying to buy original Mustang gauges, wiring etc, etc.

To the purists, i know that is not original, but money and difficulty have forced me to take the aftermarket approach.

I'm on the brink of starting the install soon. So far, i've got the Rocketman Tach, and three Autometer Gauges (2 1/16 Designer Black gauges for volt, oil pressure, and water temp). I've yet to buy a new centre gauge bezel from Don at Ohio Mustang. I,ve also bought a set of original '72 Ford centre gauges with the plastic backup housing off Ebay, thinking i might be able to make use and incorporate the original backup with my new Autometer gauges in some way.

So my question is, can anybody give me help or advice on the best way of setting up these three new centre gauges into the new dash bezel panel so they will look good and sit firmly in
position.I'll sort out the wiring setups down the track of these gauges. Any sound help and feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks, GregSmile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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#2
I do not have any advice but I am very interested to see this come together. Aftermarket gauges are in the plan for mine as well.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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#3
I am planning on going the same route as you, keep us posted.
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#4
droptop73;99176 Wrote:I do not have any advice but I am very interested to see this come together. Aftermarket gauges are in the plan for mine as well.

Hi Jeff and Rex,

I'll do my best to let you know how i've gotten on.
But that will depend on the feedback i get from other forum members i guess.

I feel sure there has to be someone out there who has knowledge of this setup and can be of help in some way.

I think the real sad thing is, that at this stage in time, there does not seem to be any company who can manufacture and or sell a complete "KIT" that would comprise everything you need to 'replicate' a Ford factory tach and centre gauge setup for our '71 -'73 Mustangs, to make the conversion fairly easy and practical. (The kit would have wiring harnessess, bezels,gauges, pods, lighting, senders etc, etc.) Hey Don, whatta ya say!

Oh well, maybe one day.

Greg.Undecided

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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#5
Im replacing all my gauges with auto meter gauges also. What I did with the center dash was to take my dremel tool and carefully rounded out the bezel holes to fit the 2 1/16 gauges in from the front. I'll post some pics of it later. We're gettin ready to hit the road for the day. I also added a 3 gauge pod to the dash ande will be putting a Shift Light where the fuel gauge normally goes! I'll get some pics up later on!

So tell me about this Rocketman tach!

1973 Mach 1 429 cu. in. H.P. TBD, C6 Reverse Manual Valve with 3500 Stall Tranny, 9" rear 3.90 PosiTrac
2007 Mustang GT Convertible Premium
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#6
73 MACH 1 MAN;99292 Wrote:Im replacing all my gauges with auto meter gauges also. What I did with the center dash was to take my dremel tool and carefully rounded out the bezel holes to fit the 2 1/16 gauges in from the front. I'll post some pics of it later. We're gettin ready to hit the road for the day. I also added a 3 gauge pod to the dash ande will be putting a Shift Light where the fuel gauge normally goes! I'll get some pics up later on!

So tell me about this Rocketman tach!

Hi M I Man,

Thanks for your reply. Sounds like you could be a great help here. When you get a chance, i would very much like you explain more in detail, about using your dremel to enlarge the holes in the bezel, and the three gauge pod setup. Any pics would be very helpfull and appreciated as well. BTW, what style of Autometer gauges did you settle on?

Also, Rocketman has a great website for you to checkout telling you all about his products as well as a U Tube video on it's installation. http://www.rccinnovations.com/index.php Basically, he makes up a new tach to replace the original idiot light gauge, which incorporates the idiot lights in with the tach as well. Installation is fairly easy & straight forward and the unit looks great too. It's a good solution for those who don't want to go to the trouble and expense of seeking out the original factory tachs and all the original wiring that goes with it to set it up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqZBNwF6Q...e=youtu.be Hope that all helps you.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon'

Thanks, Greg.

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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#7
Here are a few pic's of what I'm doing. I just dremeled the holes in the center dash to where I could slide the gauges in from the front then just put the mounting brackets on them. The gauges are Auto Meter Ultra- Lite 2 1/16 gauges!

   
   
   
   
   

1973 Mach 1 429 cu. in. H.P. TBD, C6 Reverse Manual Valve with 3500 Stall Tranny, 9" rear 3.90 PosiTrac
2007 Mustang GT Convertible Premium
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#8
Hi Again M Man,

Thank you very much for your reply and photos.The whole fitup deal looks to be fairly simple for the centre gauges. I didn't think it was so simple. I guess it makes sense though, because each new gauge has it's own glass front, so you don't really have to try and mount the gauges behind the bezel panel.

Your photos show me that the finished product looks pretty good.
My new gauges have a chrome bezel on the front face, so that should look good and match the rest of the black and chrome finish around the main dash area.Your above dash guage setup looks cool, but i won't be going that way for myself.

That said, it turns out i won't probably need the original Ford centre gauges and pod backup i bought on Ebay,to mount the new gauges, and i might try to sell that item on later.

If anyone has anything to add to that, you're more than welcome.

Thank you again for your feedback and help, it's much appreciated.

GregSmile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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#9
When I bought my car it had autometer guages mounted behind the bezel, but I don't know how they're setup as I have not removed the bezel yet to look:

   
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gpierce;99461 Wrote:When I bought my car it had autometer guages mounted behind the bezel, but I don't know how they're setup as I have not removed the bezel yet to look:

Hi Greg,

Thanks for your feedback and photo. What you say raises a few questions it seems. I think where i need to be, is to buy the bezel, give it a good look over, and see what my options might be.

Thanks,

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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