Cluster. Make your own Custom Gauge cluster

How to Make your own Custom Gauge cluster
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      Looks nice!!! what color are the gauges?
       
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      Black faces chrome rings.
       
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      lol I meant the color lighting
       
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      Haven’t decided yet. Maybe just white.
       
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      I see where you cut out the old gauge face. How much of a lip did you leave for the new inlay to glue to? It sets in from the front, or the rear of the panel?
       
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      Sets in the front. I left about 1/4” Had to trim a little more in gauge areas but can do that later. I used epoxy. I also painted the old cluster frame before assembly.
       
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      Nice job.
       
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      That is cool i have an extra cluster I may try this
       
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      Thanks
       
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      That is what we did. I have a original if needed. I am looking for a good 12 pin plug to use to make the harness connection. I may just fab something out of the old cluster plug b
       
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      My extra is broke at the bottom that may be a problem
       
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      Nice job yours looks a lot like mine.
      '71 Scamp - Road racer

      I made a pattern in AutoCAD and used it to lay the cluster out on 1/8" aluminum. I changed all the lamps out for LEDs and added LEDs for turn signals and bright indicator. I built it about 10 years ago, a few years before the stroke and before LEDs became so common. I cut up an old dash harness (from my 73/318, 4 dr. donor car, K-Frame, etc.) to get the connectors, so mine plugs in like the original. The map lights and fresh air vents are Aircraft equipment and the fuse box is Marine, the relays are automotive. IMG_1305.JPG IMG_1306.JPG IMG_1309.JPG IMG_1312.JPG IMG_1313.JPG IMG_1301.JPG IMG_1304.JPG IMG_1305.JPG IMG_1306.JPG IMG_1309.JPG IMG_1312.JPG IMG_1313.JPG
       
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        ^^This is all really cool, but the earlier Darts are much more difficult the way the cluster is shaped.^^ One thing I've considered, (someone had a thread with one) is an import digi cluster inside the old Dart housing. See if I can find it...............

        Darn easier 'n I thought, "Intellitronix"

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          do a search on EBay. That is where I got mine.
          Search:
          lamp pilot dash direct
           
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          They are very bright.
           
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          The LED market is a lot different than it was 10 years ago. Very few, if any, vehicles had LEDs. I actually purchased the LEDs, dropping resistors and chrome bezels separately. I'm an Electrical Engineer and former Navy Electronics Tech. so putting it all together wasn't an issue for me. I just did a quick search and found this site. Vehicle LED Lights | Super Bright LEDs. The site is different than I remember, but you should find something to work almost as "plug and play". I'm sorry that I can't be more help. Good luck.