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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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gauge depth
Posted by: rficalora
Date: April 27, 2008 08:54AM

How much space is needed behind the dash for a typical after market speedo - like autometer, stewart-warner, etc.?


V6 Midget
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
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Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: gauge depth
Posted by: V6 Midget
Date: April 28, 2008 11:59AM

Rob, based on my old hot rodding days it seems that most instruments are about the same size and depth. I know that Bill Guzman recommends TPI gauges for his V6 conversions so those should fit pretty well. Are you running something new behind the dash such as a A/C duct that would cause interference with the stock gauge depth?


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2467 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: gauge depth
Posted by: rficalora
Date: April 28, 2008 01:00PM

Thanks Bill - yes, i'm putting an A/C unit behind the dash & have modified the square tube that runs side to side to make room. cuts into space where the speedo would go. I was able to find some tech notes on auto-meter. Looks like their HotRod series is 2 1/4" deep & their other series are 1 3/4" so I should be ok. I'll also see what I can find on TPI. Another gauge set I like are Classic Instruments -- they have some cool gauges -- like a 3 3/8" Speedo/tach combination & 3 3/8" quad (oil, temp, fuel, volts)... I haven't decided how I want to lay out my dash yet -- depth will likely drive what I can/can't fi more than how I'd like to lay it out.


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