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    Sorry. Good luck
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    My guess is the reason your car wont start without the guages plugged in is because most ins. clusters is where the ODO info is stored. So i bet there is some type of protection so you cant drive around for a year and your car not log any miles. So your best bet is to find some way to keep those guages installed somewhere.
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    i made a lot of progress on this so far, too lazy to takethe pictures off my digital camera, but got the whole system working now. Currently fabricating dashboard from scratch (like those guys doing Alpine cars). pics coming soon.
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    Wow! You were serious! Is that MDF you're using to make your dash? It's not suitable for outdoor use. It needs to be sealed with water-thin epoxy to turn it into a composite. Otherwise it will soak up moisture like a sponge (humidity???) and start to smell. Not to mention it will swell when it gets wet. . .

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    Cool

    what do you mean its not suitable for outdoor use. I'm not using it outdoor. Its going to be fleeced off and protected. Its what everyone uses to build custom car interiors.

    Where did you get that info?
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    Well, most people look for what's easiest and don't think about things like what will last and what won't. MDF is great because it is cheap and it is dimensionally stable, meaning it won't tend to warp. But, with that said, it is made from wood particles and it soaks up moisture almost like a sponge.

    A car is indeed an outdoor space because it is exposed to the environment. Even cars that are stored in the garage when not being driven are exposed to humidity. The MDF will soak up the moisture in the air and it can swell somewhat if it gets moist enough. But, the real problem is that moisture will cause it to smell! If you want that good old musty smell in your car, well you get the idea.

    If I were building parts out of this stuff, I'd get some water-thin epoxy and brush it on all the parts. Not only will this seal it to protect against moisture, but it will make the material much stronger. It will become a composite material that is durable and resistant to the ravages of the environment. But, expoxy is not cheap! And, of course, this adds some labor and effort to the project.

    It all depends on your attitude. Do you want to build something to use it for a while and then get rid of it? Or do you want it to last a lifetime? It's up to you.

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