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BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER.... A's, G's & E's


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docmcg
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Post by docmcg Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:36 pm

Trying to keep busy on the truck. Wicked hot here lately, so time outdoors is minimal. I’ve decided to go with after market gauges and settled on the Autometer American Muscle Series. I opted to go with the 5” speedometer with built in tach and the four standard gauges, fuel, volts, water temp, and oil pressure. I also came up with my own design for a center console. I want to put an after market stereo in the dash, and want a touch screen with Bluetooth and satellite radio and of course Apple Car Play. Still considering Vintage Air for heating and AC. More on that later. I’ll attach some pics for you guys to check out.
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Post by docmcg Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:38 pm

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Well??

That’s not the steering wheel I’m going to use. I’ve got a larger diameter wheel that affords a better view of the gauges. Going to put a couple cup holders in the corners nearest the doghouse too.

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Post by docmcg Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:56 pm

Made a big change on the center console. Took the slope out of the center. Plan to put some switches below the radio. Good place for future heater and AC controls.

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Post by lear0 Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:10 pm

following,looking to do something similar. is this going to go clear to doghouse?id like to make some lines that follow thru.
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Post by docmcg Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:01 pm

It does clear the dog house and is slightly taller. The frame work I built using 1/2” tubing and wrapped with thin expanded metal to strengthen the fiberglass. Also helps when attaching switches. Gives the mounting hardware a better bite.
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Post by 69 Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:46 am

Amazing work, thumbs up!

Although - if it fits a 17" screen, you could make a teslA100 pirat
(just kidding, I just kicked my last modern car, youngest now is build 79 Very Happy )
docmcg
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Post by docmcg Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:40 pm

The radio I want is out of stock at Crutchfield. Said they’d let me know when it’s available. It’s a pioneer with 6.8” touch screen. Big enough for me with out being too much for the dash.
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Post by Keith D Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:22 pm

I'm probably running the same radio or a little earlier model. Here is a picture from when I was mocking it up.


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Post by 69 Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:50 am

I would immediately loose my historic registration with a modern radio like that. Rolling Eyes

Good it works for you guys. Cool
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Post by Keith D Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:35 pm

69 wrote:I would immediately loose my historic registration with a modern radio like that. Rolling Eyes

Good it works for you guys. Cool

Take a picture of the original radio and tape it over a modern one? LOL.

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Post by sweetvan Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:48 pm

Inserting a radio or infotainment system from the front sure would be easier that taking the glovebox out and in some cases, also the heater, in order to get a radio and speaker in through the side.
I think I'll see how much I'd have to cut the speaker grill in order to fit in a new, RetroSound, Motor4 radio and subwoofer.


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Post by 69 Mon Sep 20, 2021 12:30 pm

sweetvan wrote:Inserting a radio or infotainment system from the front sure would be easier that taking the glovebox out and in some cases, also the heater, in order to get a radio and speaker in through the side.
I think I'll see how much I'd have to cut the speaker grill in order to fit in a new, RetroSound, Motor4 radio and woofer.

I worked mine in through the glovebox opening. That was not too hard, the retrosound has a amazingly small footprint. And I'm using the "Apache" front end, which looks pretty close to stock. At least: historic registration. Smile

Plus a stereo coax speaker in the stock speaker location. No woofer up to now. Wink
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Post by sweetvan Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:06 am

I meant subwoofer.
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Post by docmcg Fri Oct 01, 2021 4:17 pm

Weather has been better here lately, so decided to tackle the center console again. Wasn’t really satisfied with the first one, so I cut it out and made another one. This time entirely out of steel. Right now it’s only clamped in place. I have a couple more changes to do before I mount it permanent.  I think I can get more stuff done now that the weather is cooler. Gonna try to get a little done every day. I’ll post my progress as I go.

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Post by docmcg Sun Nov 07, 2021 4:44 pm

Well folks, this is the latest on my progress with the truck. I set the new gauges in place and kind of mocked up the shifter, and did some more work on the center console. The metal around the gauges is raw steel and certainly not what the final color will be. Haven’t made up my mind for interior colors just yet. Thought I’d send a couple pictures to bring everyone up to date. Comments welcome and much appreciated, thanks.More fabrication 945db510
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