Autometer Cobalt Duster cluster conversion

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    tnts72 Well-Known Member

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    So I found a good deal on a set of cobalts on eBay. Had to pick up the tach and the voltmeter to complete the set along with the little led indicators... I know they make the aftermarket plates, but I am pretty happy with this setup...
     

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    Ready for installation
     

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    growdude Disabled but not dead

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    Sweet!
     
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    Sure wish I'd kept that duster dash frame LOL
     
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    TrailBeast AKA Mopars4us on Youtube

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    So the whole metal housing and electrical board behind the original cluster goes away, and you cut out the face to fit the new gauge layout?
     
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    Yessir, I actually still have all the factory gauges / lenses / etc... New faceplate and I could rebuild the original cluster
     
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    Prine A-Body Fanatic

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    You Hacked a Woodgrain Bezel THAT sweet to put aftermarket gauges in?
    :wack:

    I searched high/low for a woodgrain instrument bezel that wasnt cracked on the lower left side...and that had decent woodgrain, and a clear speedo lense.

    I know of about 993,000 cracked, peeling, foggy speedo lense cluster bezels out there!

    Looks nice I suppose though..O:)..Visual appeal, and better function is worth more than Stock when done properly.
     
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    Yeah, I don't like hacking up original stuff. Given the function of the original setup I prefer having trustworthy gauges telling me what's going on. Just personal preference really, and I found a good deal on the autometers. Have an extra cobalt engine oil temperature gauge if anyone is looking for one!
     
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    Here is what it looks like installed. Fuel gauge has to go back to autometer, but that's the easiest one to remove.
     

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    straightlinespeed Sometimes I pretend to be normal Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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    Nice job! I've done a similar conversion myself.
     
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    There's a place in town I'm hoping will be able to help me take a 3d scan of the plastic housing then print (3d) an altered version it (smooth face). That way, I don't destroy the original and I can cut holes to fit whatever gauges/layout I want.

    I'd like to keep the rectangular speedo for nostalgic sake of the car, but it doesn't work, I can't find a replacement (or even a decent aftermarket square one), and the mph doesn't go high enough. :p
     
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    If you find someone with a rapid prototyping machine they may be able to make you a panel... Will probably have more $$ in resin than buying one of the aftermarket $200 ones though.
     
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    3D printing has become somewhat cheaper now. How much cheaper, I'm not sure. I do some CAD work myself, so I may be able to design it myself then just say here, print this.
    The issue I have with the aftermarket ones is they're already laid out and I have other ideas in mind.
     
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    Nicely done tnts72. Look real nice.

    Pat
     
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    Boy those Gauges look great. Now put a Tuff steering Wheel on there!
     
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    That was my issue as well, I wasnt terribly concerened with the position of the tach / speedo vs the column location and I wanted to keep the fuel gauge on the right hand side since its the least visible location... Keeping the original wiper and lights switches was also a requirement. The little led indicators turned out really well - now the dash has a blue indicator for brights rather than the factory red one.

    Still not sure if I will hook up the fasten seat belt indicator light or not ( installed one red led for it) the wiring is all there in the car, but I have not removed the old pressure switches from the original bench as I doubt they would work under the new seats...
     

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    Nice job, I like the Cobalt gauges.
     
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    Who keeps digging up these 3 year old (or more) threads?
     
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