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OK, here's the scoop. My engine will be installed within the next few weeks, and I plan on installing a new wiring harness. (70 chevelle.) Here's the problem: I'm pretty set on aftermarket gauges, and I have both the sweep-style dash carrier, and one for gauges. Which style is easier to install aftermarket gauges into? Since the surface of the gauges dash is slightly concave, it would seem like a flush mount would be tricky. But I was thinking there would be a way to fab an aluminum face over this to flush mount, and use holesaws for the gauge holes. Anyone ever done/seen this done? It is also nicer than my sweep-style carrier.

Also, if I get a typical GM wiring harness, would the one for factory gauges be compatible with a set of autometers, or would I still have to do a bunch of splicing? Is there a harness especially for this?
 

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Yeah, I know...but I think they're a bit pricey, and I also like the modernized look of aftermarket gauges. Plus, then I'd have to get an $80 lens, $80 circuit, find a housing, speedo....and the gauges themselves are $380!!! By the time you convert you may as well have bought an $800 unit that was already restored. Oh well...
 

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Hi Webfoot;

just my $.02. If your not really into resto, then I think your right on. OEM or NOS can be quite pricey!! ( can you say OUCH!!) Alot of us guys are on a bit of a budget, and love our 'Velles. We do what we can to keep 'em runnin, so be it if it's economical. A concours resto is big bucks, big time.
Webfoot, how about maintaining original dash and having gauge panel under dash below radio?

mfinger1
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Better to have than to have not!
 
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