1966 RPO U14 Gauge Cluster Build - Chevelle Tech
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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 14, 9:44 PM Thread Starter
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1966 RPO U14 Gauge Cluster Build

I am turning my standard 66 manual gauge cluster to an "SS" RPO U14 cluster.

It seems to get your hands on an original '66 RPO U14 you have to be very lucky finding one and then willing to spend like $600-$700 for a cluster that needs to be rebuilt.

I bought the http://www.shiftworks.com/gauges-ss.htm gauges many years ago, but now I see "correct" metal versions can be had from https://www.thepartsplaceinc.com/Pop...D=IN12613V.jpg

I am not sure if I will switch to the metal gauges or not.

The gauges can be bought as repos, but there are many other parts required to do a correct conversion that don't seem to be available, some of these parts have to do with the indicator lenses.

As you can see from this pic: https://i.imgur.com/COZGgRS.jpg The standard idiot light indicators get replaced with a Bright/Brake combination. Not only that, but the light housing inside the cluster should not be divided like this one https://i.imgur.com/N7arU8c.jpg

I did buy an extra standard gauge cluster off eBay that was very rough on the outside, but the internals were good, I plan to modify the indicator lenses with new text, and on the green plastic light housing, removing the center rib.

I have an extra set of original indicator lenses:

https://i.imgur.com/7RuPW6h.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/XiH5bA6.jpg

I plan to wipe the extra set of indicator lenses clean of the paper backing, glue and old lettering. However, looking at this pic again:

https://i.imgur.com/COZGgRS.jpg

It looks to me that both of those indicator lenses are red, and not red/orange? And the text is black for both?

Can someone with a real RPO U14 gauge cluster confirm that the Bright/Brake indicator lenses are both red with black text? Maybe even get a nice high res pic with the lights on?
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 14, 10:18 PM
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Re: 1966 RPO U14 Gauge Cluster Build

The Bright/Brake indicator lens are both red with black text. You can get them from Hinshaw's. Here is the link: http://hinshawschevelle.com/index.ph..._id=8&Itemid=1
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The Bright/Brake indicator lens are both red with black text. You can get them from Hinshaw's. Here is the link: http://hinshawschevelle.com/index.ph..._id=8&Itemid=1
Oh wow, thx for the link! Makes my build much easier.
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Re: 1966 RPO U14 Gauge Cluster Build

Just FYI there is no such thing as a SS gauge dash in 66-67.

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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 14, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Just FYI there is no such thing as a SS gauge dash in 66-67.
Yeah, that's why I put the SS in quotes. Seems many ppl call it that.
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Oh wow, thx for the link! Makes my build much easier.

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I just tried to order from their website, it won't let me select a credit card type, and when I tried PayPal it gave me an error saying there was a problem with the vendor's PayPal account.
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Re: 1966 RPO U14 Gauge Cluster Build

If your still looking for an original cluster I might be willing to part with mine. I can take pictures with the car running so you can see all the gauges properly working before I remove it. Mine is also a floor shift manual transmission so it does not have the gear indicator on it. I am going to use the Dakota digital dash when I upgrade to Ls1/T56.

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If your still looking for an original cluster I might be willing to part with mine. I can take pictures with the car running so you can see all the gauges properly working before I remove it. Mine is also a floor shift manual transmission so it does not have the gear indicator on it. I am going to use the Dakota digital dash when I upgrade to Ls1/T56.
Yeah, that would be cool to see those pics, and could be interested in the unit, thanks.
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Re: 1966 RPO U14 Gauge Cluster Build

Gene,

Thanks for the link to the "Parts Place" gauges... I have an old set of stock gauges, and it looks like I might just go this route instead of the Shiftworks set... I think I have an old Shiftworks set somewhere...

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I just tried to order from their website, it won't let me select a credit card type, and when I tried PayPal it gave me an error saying there was a problem with the vendor's PayPal account.
Give them a call. More times than not, I have had to order over the phone. They are always friendly, and helpful.
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If your still looking for an original cluster I might be willing to part with mine. I can take pictures with the car running so you can see all the gauges properly working before I remove it. Mine is also a floor shift manual transmission so it does not have the gear indicator on it. I am going to use the Dakota digital dash when I upgrade to Ls1/T56.
Still might want to sell your RPO U14?

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Re: 1966 RPO U14 Gauge Cluster Build

Just checked with Hinshaws and they no longer have the indicator lense sets, any idea where to find them?
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Just checked with Hinshaws and they no longer have the indicator lense sets, any idea where to find them?
Nope, the one's I got from there were not usable, they were junk IMO. I'll probably just have to make my own. Still trying to find the correct translucent red plastic.

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Nope, the one's I got from there were not usable, they were junk IMO. I'll probably just have to make my own. Still trying to find the correct translucent red plastic.
Ugh... Keep me posted if you decide to make some.
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