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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-06-2002, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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pillar gauge cluster

Anybody buy one of those plastic things that mount on the pillar by the windshield for you to put 2 5/8" gauges in? Most of them take three gauges. If so, how well does it fit?

I don't have anywhere else to mount gauges since the CB is mounted under the ashtray and I won't put anything around my knees.

What do I want to put in it? Tachometer, oil temperature, and transmission temperature. I'd like a fuel pressure gauge but I can live without one.

If anyone has a better solution I'm all for it.



PS: does anyone have one of the factory vacuum gauges that went in the 81-87 instrument clusters? They're pretty rare but I'd like to have one.
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Well they are pretty common in my other past time (Cummins Turbo Diesels). Guys usually run a boost, pyrometter (exhaust gas temperature), trans temperature, and fuel pressure.

A good idea for a gas burner would probably be trans temp, and maybe a nice new oil pressure gauge, and regular temp gauge. That set up would keep tabs on the main things you need to know while driving.

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Re: pillar gauge cluster

So you've actually installed one on the 73-87 generation? I"m wondering because there isn't a lot of pillar there like there is on the 88-98 generation.

Well, I'd like to run a stoichiometer but I don't have that kind of money. Engine oil and transmission temperature gauges along with a tach are my main interests. My water temperature gauge is spot on and my oil pressure gauge is about 4 pounds off (error changes exponentially).

I've got one of those quartz analog clocks in my dash and that'd be a good place to put a vacuum gauge.


"you can never have too many gauges"

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Someone installed one around a month or so ago. I don't seem to remember who it was though. I'll check through my old posts...I know I asked what gauges he installed.
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The title of the post is: Got my gauges up today. It was 97tealZ71 that posted.
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Re: pillar gauge cluster

I think I know the one you're talking about:
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but it's for the 88-98 generation which has huge pillars compared to our 73-87 generation.
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That's true...I have not seen any mounted in a 73-87. Do they make a pillar cluster for those years?
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Re: pillar gauge cluster

i saw one mounted in a kid's 70s truck once. i didn't get a good look at it and the kid doesn't go to school here anymore.

i don't know if they sell one or not. i tried browsing summitracing.com and didn't find one. i also didn't find the triple pod pillar ones either (i know they exist, i saw one last year).

ok, since this is getting to be damn near impossible to find, has anyone used external pods that you mount on the hood?
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Re: pillar gauge cluster

if this is for a 73-87 why not just do what Shaggy did? Use th cluster for the base and fill it with aftermarket guages, lose the old ones.
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Re: pillar gauge cluster

i want more than four.

this is what i want:
fuel gauge (got it)
water temperature (got it)
oil pressure (got it)
voltmeter (got it)
clock (got it-but would sacrifice to replace with fuel gauge and tach)
tachometer (i'd really like a factory tach, i've got one for a 73-80 but won't fit my 84 cluster--someone want to trade for my tach?)
oil temperature
transmission fluid temperature
vacuum
fuel pressure
ammeter


and i want them in that role of importance (I can live without the bottom three)
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