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    1974 Corvette 454 project

    My project car is a 1974 Corvette 454 named Gator











    Plans are to customize the gauge bezel for a 7" or 8" screen and a DVD RW. This will require relocating the guages to the dash or pillar pods. Sub box will be in rear cargo area and will down fire and hang from rear deck. Amps will go in spare tire carier (I know it's an odd place but old corvettes are notoriously hot and this will keep the heat out of the cabin). I will also be relocating the fuse panel to the rear glove box for easier access and adding a second battery and isolator in the jack box. Haven't decided on computer location (hopefully behind the altered gauge cluster, alternate is cargo area).

    I'm just in the planning stage right now and will probably start in mid August.

    Great site looks like I have lots of homework to do.

    David

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    The problem for me is the best place to put the touch screen is where the existing Gauges are. I may be able to fit the monitor, DVD drive and 3 gauges in the existing bezel by rearranging things. That still leaves me 1 gauge shy.
    So I'm looking into the possibility of dash mounting at least 3 gauges. I will also start searching for whether or not someone has developed hardware and software for reading gauge inputs from an old car and displaying them on the screen. I'm not worried about speed or RPM's just Fuel, Water and oil temps, Oil pressure and Volts.

    Here are 3 preliminary concepts:




    I'm leaning towards #3 it's kinda old school and since I have quite a bit of burled walnut veneer in the interior I could cover the base easily.

    The key to the whole thing is how well I integrate the screen and DVD into the gauge bezel.

    David

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    I like the old school look too. Why not use the individual guage bezels and put on the pillar post. You can see mine at www.samshomepage.net. Getting ready to update the page with some new pics.

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    Nice car Sam.

    I'm trying to stay away from pillar pods, but I may not have a choice. it will depend on how many gauges I can get below the monitor. If I do go with pillar pods I'll probably try and blend some molded pods into the stock pillar trim.

    David

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    don't do pillar pods... not in an old school car, keep it classy looking... make it look like it was supposed to be that way.

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    Thanks for the advise. Here are a couple that might look more like it was supposed to be there:

    #4


    #5


    #5 also has a non-carbon fiber version but it looks a little thicker at the visor. Unfortunately the carbon fiber version is a bit pricey.

    I would most likely have to chop off and rework the rears of both of these so as not to interfere with the defrost vent.
    I could probably also cut the vinyl on the dash and work them under instead of just putting them on top. Now I'm leaning toward #5.

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    thread moved from the Newbie forum to the Worklogs forum...since this is a work log.

    My advice on pods...

    Custom make them and don't use stick on pods. No matter what you do, stick on pods never look like they belong.

    This is what we did in our Dodge Dakota R/T with the boost gauge and the fuel pressure gauge.

    Just used some PVC pipe, cut it to shape and molded it in.

    Took about a day to do all total.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
    thread moved from the Newbie forum to the Worklogs forum...since this is a work log.

    My advice on pods...

    Custom make them and don't use stick on pods. No matter what you do, stick on pods never look like they belong.

    This is what we did in our Dodge Dakota R/T with the boost gauge and the fuel pressure gauge.

    Just used some PVC pipe, cut it to shape and molded it in.

    Took about a day to do all total.
    Thanks for the helping hand. I initially posted to say Hello. I guess it morphed into a worklog.

    Your Gauge pods look awesome. I would have to do something like that on the A pillars since my dash is vinyl covered foam.

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    even more of a reason to not use a plastic stick on gauge pod.

    I'm with the others, no pillar gauges, just doesn't do the car justice.

    Chances are your gauges are mechanical. That's going to be a bit harder to tap into for software than electrical. It's going to require more than just software to make it work. Have to convert the signal from mechanical to electrical then have the software read it (usually it's in voltage and it's converted to what the gauge is in the software).

    If you do go with those gauges, take them to an upholstery shop and see if they can match the dash with some vinyl. Will look much much better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
    Chances are your gauges are mechanical.
    My gauges are electric (all C3 Corvettes have electric senders). I've been searching the site for solutions to having the computer display the gauge info. I found the fusion brain for the analog input, but I'm not sure where you go from there. It appears that the fusion brain analog input is 5V but the sender would be 12v. It's probably beyond my abilities to get it from the sender through the fusion brain onto the screen. There are several people on the Corvette forum that would be interested if there was a solution. I would also like it if there was a warning if the water temp got to high or the oil pressure or fuel level got to low.

    I think I would mount a gauge or two over the rear view before I would use a stick on pillar pod.

    David

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