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 Post subject: Dash Modification for Guages.
Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:13 pm 
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Well... after I fitted the EL ECU to my EB my Trip Computer started to freak out with the L/100km and Distance To Empty readings so I thought I would rip it out and replace it with some guages. I was trying to work out a way to get it working, but once I fitted the EMS and disconnected the injector wires from the EL ECU there was no way it was going to work :cry:
SO.....I got an old dash facia and started to modify it :)

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I got some 3mm ABS plastic and covered up the holes in the facia

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The next step was to mask off the facia and fiberglass the panel so it was even.

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After HEAPS of sanding I used spray putty to get an even surface and use plastic primer to get a smooth finish.

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Next step was to holesaw the holes for the guages and give it a coat of plastic paint to finish it off. I chose a Satin Dark Grey paint but it seems to have a brown color to it, but I will have to look around for a darker grey later on.
The guages I've used I had laying around in the shed to fill up the holes until I get my VDO Oil Pressure, Oil Temp & Trans Temp guages.

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Finnished product!! (don't laugh at the crap guages :) )
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Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:17 pm 
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that looks tops. good job

what guages are you actually going to put in there?

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:19 pm 
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Woah, top job there.

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:22 pm 
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Just the entry level C**k Vision guages from VDO. I don't want them to stand out too much in the dash.

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:23 pm 
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what are the guages going to show you that you havent already got?

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:29 pm 
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Oil Temp, Oil Pressure & Trans Temp.

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:33 pm 
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ahh ok then cool. not trying to be negative though but why have another oil pressure guage?

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:38 pm 
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I wanted one that would read in PSI instead of the factory one.

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 10:46 pm 
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VERY nice indeed. Very creative as well. and also looks very neat and facrtory looking. top job!!

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:31 pm 
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That's a top job. looks heaps better than the trip comp.

I'd like to see a pic when you install the new VDO gauges.

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Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:18 pm 
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very nice mate, very good work

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:12 am 
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Thanks for the comments Fellas, I'm in the process of making another one up and putting the guages on an angle so I can see them better (and getting the right coulored paint!) :)

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:41 am 
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I rather like that colour it kinda blends nicely, if you did the radio surround etc would look alot nicer.

Top job on the gauges, looks factoy done

 

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