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    Posted: 11-October-2021 at 1:22PM
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Iv'e searched the site and can't seem to find any info on Retro fitting the '72-'79 clusters. I'm trying to get away from the old style gauges but keeping the old look. I've searched the inter web and found couple of companies doing it. Has any one else on this forum done it? One of the places actually sent me a picture of a '72 they claim they did.


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I haven't seen anything myself either. I would be interested in most of that you pictured, but I'd like a full sweep for the tach and speedometer, 7000rpm would be plenty for me, and 120MPH is better also.
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Can you link me to that cluster? I’d like to see the price. Thanks!
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This one in the picture was a one off and i believe it was around $2000......

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thats nice! but $2k Shocked
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These days 2k seems about right. Just getting aftermarket gauges is $$. Take into account calibrating the new gauge with the matiching face they have to produce it would take some time. Plug and play you gotta pay! If you do it yourself bet you would have it done under 1k. I would look for Mustang retro gauges and use them, buy the cluster, take them apart for the torino cluster. Should be pretty straight forward restore your factory faces. Once you sort it out you can builds some for us...at a discount of course! Image below for ref. 900 for the set at CJ's

After looking at the gauges you posted I would bet that they are using classic instruments gauges with the restored face. You should check out Classic, huge amount of options, and a set runs around 700 and you could fit them yourself. 



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Yes, gauge sets are not cheap. I have 8 Autometer gauges in my 2006 F150 which cost me around $1500 before installation.
So I just made the decision to get a custom build and I like the fact that the amount of wiring is so reduced and also the custom look appears stock but with better reliable electronics.




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That’s pretty slick there mate especially how the backs been done…who did it and what did it run you? Been contemplating something similar myself but the interior is still a way off…
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Dakota digital.......custom design and set up run me around $2000.

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Nice…you get what you pay for tho…will be putting DD in myself…like how you can add nodules for FI etc
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Originally posted by afri-can7 afri-can7 wrote:

Dakota digital.......custom design and set up run me around $2000.


How do you adapt for the existing harness plugs? Is it a complete rewire?

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It comes with it's own brain box. Simply hard wire all your sensors to the module and then one main cable connects module to cluster. Nice and clean setup.




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Man, that is nice and clean. Looks like they modify the original housing, but that's nice how they do it.
Simple, clean and modern.
I'd use the brand new back piece with the '72 front, because it has removable metal trim plates.

Not my style on the gauges, but I'd love to see that lit up.

Redline can do retrofits, but you pay for their time. As it should when your dealing with a custom business doing higher end stuff like this. You don't want to cheap out, especially if you're going to stare at it.
Cheap flat aluminum plate bent to fit with gauges, for the basic down and dirty look, or retromod the factory piece. any number of ways to skin this cat!
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Dakota makes good stuff. My 78 Tbird already has the gauges so I don't think I will mess with it.
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If they could leave the gauge faces original, then I’d sure be tempted with something like that!!
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Ditto, if the faces were close to one of the original designs, that would help a lot.
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