Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Southern Maryland, U.S.A
Re: Dakota Digital
Wow, what a timely thread I just stumbled across! I have in my possession the black face Dakota Digital HDX series gauges for my '66. I also ordered the GPS-50-2 for GPS speed, compass, altimeter and clock, and the cheap add-on SEN-15-1 for air temperature.
Just got the dash all blown apart. I was pretty anxious about this, but in the end if was very straightforward. Took me about 2 hours, and I was being slow and bagging and labeling all the bolts, screws etc. and taking pictures. (I've since removed the heater control cables to get it out of the way).
I've cleaned out tons of old wiring from radios, old gauges, etc. Now I'm ready to start putting it back together; bought some sound/heat suppressor mat for the firewall and underside of the dash. New dash pad, all new dash chrome, etc. The install of the HDX seems *very* easy. Just a wire for battery power, accessory power, ground and that's about it. Then connections for each gauge.
I specifically came across this thread while searching out where to mount the control boxes. I saw the one photo for mounting the control box above the glove box. Not sure if that's possible on the '66...
So that's what I'd like to know: Where did you guys with '66-'67 Chevelles mount the control boxes? From reading the instructions, it seems there may be times when you have to access the control box to push button(s) on them?
And what did you do with all the old wiring connections for the gauges, and the wiring for the dash lighting? Cap them off, remove them...? I was thinking of using one of the gray dash light wires to wire to the control box for indicating when the lights come on (they say to tap into the taillights, but this way seems the same).
I'm excited to get it back together and try it out.
1966 Chevelle SS, 355 V-8, TH-350.