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    Posted: 06 October 2003 at 1:26am
Has anyone done it? I'm thinkin....   just pull out the plastic piece, put a piece of metal there the same shape screwed in... cut holes for the gauges and voila!

I also believe the vent/heater controls could be substituted by a couple of pull knobs and an on-off-on toggle switch. Also the headlight/parking light control... on-off-on... and 3 LEDs for the high beams and turn signals.

Something like this:



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bullet Posted: 06 October 2003 at 1:48am
thats what im gonna do. gonna buy the classic looking gauges.
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bullet Posted: 06 October 2003 at 3:06am
i like that 7,000 rpm tach...

ever tached out a tach? haha!

those particular gauges are $250 at jeg's, $94 extra for the matching tach.
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bullet Posted: 06 October 2003 at 10:01am
Lol dammit I thought I was the only one that was going to do this!! I am going with a solid aluminum back plate and these guages!
I just started working on it but my biggest problem is tring to figure out the slight bend in the dash, when I get it I will post some pics. Chris
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bullet Posted: 06 October 2003 at 10:24am
I tach'ed out both my Supra & my MR2 at 9000! Thats how I learned they had rev limiters. Back on topic though...I'm gonna do the same thing using autometer gauges. I just want Tach, Speedo, Water Temp, & Oil Pressure gauges though.
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bullet Posted: 06 October 2003 at 12:25pm

I did it the ghetto way. Can't afford fancy gauges...


http://www.zipcon.net/bleach/pages/truck78.html

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bullet Posted: 06 October 2003 at 2:23pm
thats still sharp lookin, bleach! it IS pricey.. $350 for THAT set

Chris--- 160mph? wow! I was thinkin the 120mph speedo was a stretch! haha!

9000 rpm supra!!!! jebus.....

Well this is just an idea--- its not gonna happen until like everything else on the truck is done (paint, upholstery, carpet, etc...)

I think what I'll do is fix it up, and when I'm ready to do the interior--- just pull everything out, prep, paint, insulate, carpet, upholster, and re-install the dash with the new gauges in it already.

Doesnt seem like it'd be too hard of a job on that truck... everything in there is looks pretty simple.
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bullet Posted: 06 October 2003 at 3:33pm
I had a little bit better tach and it was larger. Cost only $49. Some dude stole my truck and swiped the tach! (few years ago)...so I bought the $22 JC Whitney tach...  woah is me
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bullet Posted: 07 October 2003 at 11:01pm
bleach, wouldn't you rather have a stock tach?

and guys 9000 is nothing. we've gotten our datsun L series engines up to that quite a few times. and then theres my mazda, hehehehe, try over 10,000.
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bullet Posted: 07 October 2003 at 11:59pm
HEHE, yeah Tdaaj you know you can't compare a regular reciprocating engine with a rotary! Them damn things will rev to the moon, but when the talk turns to torque...well them dudes get a bit quiet. I've always dug the way they sound, kinda similar to a 2 stroke engine....Daddy like.
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bullet Posted: 08 October 2003 at 12:15am
yeah yeah, i know but it was still cool killing nearly every thing on the road with a little beat up pickup truck,actually its not really beat up as it is rusty lol. but i mean the feeling of pullin up to some punks little souped up coffe caned exhaust honda and blasting him away lol. gosh that was fun.
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bullet Posted: 08 October 2003 at 4:59am
Hey considering how the dash comes apart, it would be a great project. Instead of leaving it flat i might think of glassing them in and kinda tipping em up just a little. That way i wouldn't look like a turtle every time i bent over to look at the speedo.
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bullet Posted: 08 October 2003 at 1:35pm
LOL! "look like a turtle..." haha!

I was sitting my truck starin at my dash for about 10 minutes imagining what it would be like... flat on the piece of metal would work fine. As for the slight curve... I don't think that would be a problem.

The only thing is is that there's metal behind the plastic piece that forms to the stock gauges, knobs, etc. I'd have to clear all that out. This is why I'll be yanking the whole dash to do this project. The whole thing will be re-done, and I'll sand it down and put a shell on it.

Sounds like a bigger project than it is--- I've looked under there many times and I don't think its gonna be that hard to pull it, re-design it and put it back.

I'd like to see if I can find a heater core/blower from a newer truck and re-engineer the ventilation system so it actually comes from the VENTS. Including the heat. This would change the way I'd have the heater control on my dash with the knobs and switches, and add a considerable amount of time to the project. SOMEDAY I'd like to have A/C too. There's a guy a couple towns away whos got an A/C shop and I heard he said hes done A/C conversions in trucks like mine and its "easy, the vent hoses are already there...". In that case I wouldn't re-engineer anything, and live with the heat coming from the bottom. I plan on keeping this truck a long time.
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bullet Posted: 08 October 2003 at 2:34pm
I know what you mean on the heater vents, but I fixed mine eaisly. Just re-adjust the lower cable that opens the flap down below. Also, put in some sort of door weatherstriping (house doors). that will seal the air better. When that is closed it forces the air into the vent tubes. If some air escapes, then you lose your pressure and get nothing out of the upper tubes. Just like forced air heat in your house!
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bullet Posted: 08 October 2003 at 3:16pm
how would that work? on mine the vents in the dash are tubed straight outside
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bullet Posted: 08 October 2003 at 4:57pm
Methinks Bleach had an A/C dash...

2 different vent patterns- A/C and Non-A/C. The through-dash A/C setup started in 1977 but only on trucks with factory air, otherwise it uses the non-A/C vents like your '73.

On a '73 you have 3 separate vents with 3 holes to the outside- right, left, and the center one with the backwards PUSH to open knob (the one under the dash). A truck with the under-dash A/C unit has the same setup, except the A/C unit covers the center vent.

An the one Bleach is talking about (factory In-Dash air) the side vent holes are plated off at the firewall, and the side vents themselves are routed to the center Heater/AC unit via flex tubes. This system also has vents where your radio hole is (and Bleach put his gauges) as the radio goes in the floor console.
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bullet Posted: 08 October 2003 at 5:03pm
Yup, yup! I had A/C. The previous owner helped himself to all the parts though. I removed the center vents as they weren't hooked up to anything. So I guess I'm wrong. I've either got the defrost vents or the lower vents. The center vent works for cool air from outside, but not the heater. Upper or lower works fine for me. The lower one heats the truck better as heat rises. I keep the defrost on only if I really need it in nasty weather.
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bullet Posted: 08 October 2003 at 5:59pm

http://groups.msn.com/nissandatsun720pickupowners/nis720dashpics.msnw

You might have to join the group to see the pictures, but this guy did a pretty nice job on his dash.

 

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bullet Posted: 08 October 2003 at 9:02pm
Steve....This is what it looks like w/out all the "stuff" in the way.....
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bullet Posted: 08 October 2003 at 9:05pm
OOP's   sorry bout that...I guess I still don't have this thing figured out.......anyway, I have a photo of the dash completely outa there....oh well.......
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