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    Posted: 10-January-2021 at 8:12PM
i have a 76 Gran Torino with same instrument cluster. I’m putting in a high performance motor and want to use the Sport guages. Anyone done some good placement or ideas? I have a center console, but not sure how user friendly that would be? Thanks in advance 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote californiajohnny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-January-2021 at 3:20PM
do you have sport gauges in your car now? or are you thinking of swapping from a standard cluster??
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote californiajohnny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-January-2021 at 3:25PM
 if you are swapping read through this... it was super helpful when i converted to sport from std gaugesThumbs Up
 i had to swap like 3 wires in the main connector  and wire in the tach and amp gauge...


http://forum.grantorinosport.org/info-72-79-gauge-clusters-and-wiring_topic2933.html

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70 CHEV C10 P/U
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I was actually thinking of using them somehow separate from the instrument cluster. The one in there is basic Torino so instead of buying guages I thought maybe I could make something to use the sport guages somewhere?
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I used the original sport gauge base, black bezel,and faceplate. Removed everything from the base and cut needed sections for clearance. Then I attached mounting brackets directly to the back of the bezel and mounted VDO gauges directly to the bezel. Attached the bezel w/gauges to the housing and ran the wires out the back. Installed the housing and bezel unit, then installed the faceplate as usual. Gauges didnt add much added weight to the bezel and I was able to use all the factory mounting locations to the housing which secured everything.Ran separate wires to VDO sending units and wired the dash lights in series. Gives me VDO gauges with correct sending units all in stock configuration. Saves needing to mount external gauges anywhere else. Just another option...

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interesting. Can I see a pic? Thanks
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Unfortunately I didnt take any pics while I was working on it, and its back in the car with the car stored for the winter. But I can say that if you focus on the black bezel piece, the one that the lens attach to, it is possible to mount aftermarket gauges in those spots from the back. VDO gauges come with a metal ring that serves as a bezel. It is just large enough to keep the gauge from slipping through the hole. Then the bracket attaches to the back and presses the gauge from the back, keeping it in place. Its sandwiched between the bezel and the bracket. There is some cutting to do on the housing, to get the gauges to clear once the unit goes back together, but thats easily done with a dremel. I then simply wired the gauges independantly, using quick connects so I can connect them to the wires leading to the sending units as i installed the cluster. Lights were wired in series, and tapped into the factory harness. I wont say it was easy, but its definatly possible. Obviously your application may be different depending on what gauges you would want to use. Point being is you can attach them to the bezel, make room for them in the housing, and wire them individually. Hope that helps a bit.

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thanks so much Allen! Something to think about
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Based on 1978 thuderbird and aftermarket gauges.





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Damn that looks sharp. Thumbs Up

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Sweet!
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Europepean Speedometer 200km/h Wink


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Wow! Very well done. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote californiajohnny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-January-2021 at 6:22PM
that's a good idea using the 77-79 bezel as they are straight to the line of sight, but tipped out like the 72-76Wink
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74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
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Autometer guages work well for me
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that looks sweet...will be doing the same thing but with NVU aviator series gauges in the near future...

what did you use to mount the gauges...any pics without the bezel installed? tips?

in NZ we have to have the speedo converted to km/h so with that and the ammeter to voltmeter conversion it was cheaper to swap to new electronic...go figure
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 302ford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 12:12PM
I pretty much did the exact same as phordnut. Ill take some pictures the next time I take it out
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