1957 Chevy Restoration "The Godfather" Part 16
Description

1957 Chevy Restoration "The Godfather" Part 16

GAUGES
    I wanted a functioning modern Gauge cluster to fit in the stock `57 housing. The housing I started with was modified years ago with aftermarket gauges and the center section was filled by a mechanical Pro-Comp Auto Meter 160 MPH Speedometer. Which I might add looked cool. I installed a new Volt gauge and a Fuel gauge on either side. Crimped wire ends connected to gauge set in opening – Pic 1. I fashioned a plastic retainer or you could call it a hold down. I fed the wires thru, placed Styrofoam as a spacer and tightened down the retainer – Pic 2. Here’s the back when I finished – Pic 3. And here’s a shot of front with the mechanical gauge – Pic 4.
    Earlier I installed a Super T-10 Power Brute 4 speed trans. It had a freeze plug where the speedometer went and I never popped it out to check if there was a ring drive gear on the shaft. Just checked – it doesn’t. %$#@. Well I didn’t want to chance removing the tail shaft on the car  - chance of dropping the reverse needle bearings into the case. And I certainly didn’t feel like dropping the trans out so I replaced the mechanical speedo  with a 5” GPS Speedometer, 0-140 MPH, Sport-Comp from Auto Meter – Pic 5! Starting from the back I removed the old speedo – Pic 6. This is a ring that was around the front of the gauge – Pic 7. New speedo gauge with ring slid on – Pic 8. I used a bracket to hold down the ring – Pic 9. Here’s a front view – Pic 10. I made these little tabs to secure the Pro-Comp Auto Meter to the housing and keep the Speedo in place – Pic 11&12. I wasn’t happy with how the gauge moved a little in the housing. Since the speedo  has buttons you need to push to set I decided to put some Gorilla Glue around the bottom, on top of that ring I showed you, for added strength. Wiring completed with another brace installed – Pic 13. Gauge cluster completed and ready to install – Pic 14. Looks good doesn’t it?! I’ll run the GPS sensor to the back of the car and mount on the rear speaker deck with a clear view of the sky. As easy as this Auto Meter GPS Speedometer operates you should consider it whenever you need to upgrade.
    Now that I have the Auto Meter Speedo installed I might just change out the Volt gauge and a Fuel gauge for Auto Meter units...
Auto Meter 5” GPS Speedometer, 0-140 MPH, Sport-Comp
    The latest in technology and the easiest possible way to add a highly accurate speedometer to your vehicle. AutoMeter’s advanced GPS Speedometers require no interface with your vehicle aside from power and ground. Their ultra fast, omnidirectional micro antenna is included for true plug and play functionality and never requires calibration. Configurable Rally Nav display shows odometer, trip odometer, time/date, GPS coordinates, heading info, compass, and peak speed recall. Quite simply, the easiest, most accurate speedometer available.
Auto Meter Products Inc
866-248-6356
www.autometer.com

Photos
Comments
Order by: 
Per page:
 
  • There are no comments yet
Related Articles
I had a polished chrome plate from another `57 that nicely covers the heater pipe access hole - Pic 1. The Raingear Electric wiper motor system kit had a cover plate for where the vacuum wiper motor was mounted which I painted glossy black.
01/27/2018 · From CSMRay
DRIVESHAFT We had a custom Driveshaft made at Central Florida Driveshaft, 307 S Combee Rd, Lakeland FL, 863-666-3874. Owner Dick Hudson had to Cut the end off our shaft to shorten it since It was originally made for another engine trans combo.
01/17/2018 · From CSMRay
Interior floor This is what it looked like in 1995 when we dragged it back from Bucks County Pennsylvania. Still had the `68 GTO bucket seats – In great shape too – Pic 1. It had the obligatory wood steering wheel that was so popular at the time
01/17/2018 · From CSMRay
Gas Pedal I left off with “I resolved how to manually return the throttle to a closed position using the stock `57 gas pedal.” That statement should have been edited out since I had solved the need to do that when I converted the original rod linkage to Lokar’s modern throttle cable system.
01/17/2018 · From CSMRay
Cooling System Well I guess we’ll have to start at the beginning. We used an AFCO Short Race Water Pump #10680090 to get the water flowing thru our Auto City Classic Aluminum Radiator part #SL264
01/17/2018 · From CSMRay
Advertisement
Rate
0 votes
Info
CSMRay
Ellenton, United States
04/15/2018 (04/15/2018)
190 Views
0 Subscribers
Florida, United States
All Articles by CSMRay
Recommend