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<a href="http://www.mn12tbird.com/dash/"><img src="http://www.mn12tbird.com/dash/dash01.jpg"></a>
 

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looks good

good job love the blue lights in temp and clock
 

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Lookin' Good

That 140 mph speedometer looks great.

I assume that you made it the same as how you made the other gauges, you just had to get the new speedo for the re-calibrated internals.
 

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Re: Lookin' Good

scotthrbacek said:
That 140 mph speedometer looks great.

I assume that you made it the same as how you made the other gauges, you just had to get the new speedo for the re-calibrated internals.
Yeap I sure did :)
 

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Cool.
 

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Wow, I'm impressed. How long did that take you to do? Where did you get the parts?
I've been working on it for 2 weeks now cause A) I wanted to get them just right and kept experimenting and B) I wanted to wait till I had the 145 Speedometer. Since I had the process ironed out after I got the spedometer it took me about an hour to rip the old one of, make a new one, slap it on, and get the needles lined up properly.

Junkyard had the SC speedometer, the rest of the materials I made myself.
 
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Blue lights

I've got a blue interior and would love to change those lights to blue, how did you do that?
 

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grabejr said:
I've got a blue interior and would love to change those lights to blue, how did you do that?
A) Tear the dash all the way apart, under steering wheel, above steering wheel, center console, then the piece you actually want to get to.
B) unplug/unscrew the clock and pry the green plastic off the front.
C) Replace with blue plastic
D) Re-attach clock
E) pull knobs off of the Climate Control Unit
F) Pry the face off the Climate Control Unit (it's just glued on)
G) Remove green plastic piece, replace with blue plastic.
H) Put it all back together.

Now, for the indicators on the climate control, you have to take it out, take it all the way apart to get at the green plastic behind the knobs and replace that. Push the white/green plastic piece out of the knob, scrape off the paint and put more blue plastic there.
 

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Lights

I don't mean to hate, you're interior looks great but I hope you got some great quality bulbs or are using bulb covers. I put blue colored bulbs behind my cluster and now the paint has cracked on them and they are pink, purple, red and any other color you can think of. Your best bet is go to summit and look for colored bulb covers
 

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MO_XR7 said:
I don't mean to hate, you're interior looks great but I hope you got some great quality bulbs or are using bulb covers. I put blue colored bulbs behind my cluster and now the paint has cracked on them and they are pink, purple, red and any other color you can think of. Your best bet is go to summit and look for colored bulb covers
No bulb covers, no colored bulbs. I used sheets of "Gels" for stage lighting (you know the things they put over the floodlamps to change the color) behind the gauges.
 

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GELS???

Where can you get those? What are they made out of? I have my dash apart right now, cause I'm painting it sparkly black :) and all that would be easy to do right now! Where can I pick some up?

Later, Joel
 

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Look in the phone book for "Stage Lighting" or "Theatre Lighting" they are thin sheets of high-temp plastic that is used to change the color of floodlamps.
 

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Speedometer...

Was a recalibration of the speedometer required? If so, what was required for that? I have one I want to use, but it reads 7mph low (i.e. 70mph is actually 63...)

--Pete :cool:
 

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The SC speedo was calibrated already. I took a long trip and averaged distance travelled with time taken (with cruise on 80) and it matched. I'm assuming there is a shop around you that can calibrate these things, I would just call around.

If it's off because of some sort of gear swap you can always get the speedo gear.

And if it's always off by 7mph instead of a percentage you could always take the needle off and move it down while the car is stopped.
 

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ShadowDragon said:
Look in the phone book for "Stage Lighting" or "Theatre Lighting" they are thin sheets of high-temp plastic that is used to change the color of floodlamps.
Also try a camera shop. They use them as filters for cameras too.
 

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Good Thoughts, Shadow...

I should try a few more readings, also, since I did just two readings at "60" and two at "70".

At 60, I calculated an actual 53.33mph (2 miles in 2:15, measured with mile markers). At 70, I caluculated an actual 63.16mph (57 sec. per mile). Not really a percentage, but approximately a 'constant' 6.25mph off.

Maybe a reading/calculation at 80mph would help a bit.

With all the traffic around metro Detroit, maybe I should check the 30 and 45 mph speeds after 2am! LOL.

Thanks again, mon.
 

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Re: Good Thoughts, Shadow...

IronChopz said:
I should try a few more readings, also, since I did just two readings at "60" and two at "70".

At 60, I calculated an actual 53.33mph (2 miles in 2:15, measured with mile markers). At 70, I caluculated an actual 63.16mph (57 sec. per mile). Not really a percentage, but approximately a 'constant' 6.25mph off.

Maybe a reading/calculation at 80mph would help a bit.

With all the traffic around metro Detroit, maybe I should check the 30 and 45 mph speeds after 2am! LOL.

Thanks again, mon.
Yeah, try to get one around 40 and one around 80 and see if it's still 6.25. if that's the case mess with the needle to get it where it needs to be.
 

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there is an easier way

I made a chart with my speed in gear x at rpm y. I also recorded warm idle rpm and others.... I put the needles back while car was on (worked perfect), my friend helped me put the speedo needle on while driving at 20mph. Sounds crazy but it was easy to do and I even drove by the airport (in California there are digital speed checkers at airports . . thank CHP! ) and I match perfect
 
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