2007 Calendar Cover Car
Like it says. When searching, there are tons of old posts, but none of the pictures are up (photobucket doesn't link, file missing, etc...).
I have the carbon fiber dash with the autometer gauges. I only get one shot at this and wanted to see what others have done in general with their dash layout. I picked up the Ron Francis wiring and I'd like to add USB chargers, and some stereo equipment.
Is there anything you wished you added/moved?
Please show off!
I was dissatisfied with the original dash layout, and wanted all my gauges and controls in one center module. I removed the entire dash, and then cut a 12" wide section out of the center. I hand fabricated a new center module in which I recessed new analog LED gauges from Glow Shift, along with controls for: 4-way hazard flasher, lights, wipers, ignition and a master power kill key. I also added a new Alpine audio unit and a pair of 4" Kicker speakers. Everything in the new center gauge module was connected with water proof Weather Pak connectors, making it easy to remove the entire center console, by removing just 3 screws and disconnecting 6 or 8 connectors. The remaining side dash panels and the new center module were all wrapped with 3M carbon fiber.
I like your dash - and it's supposed to have "too many" gauges - it's a super performance car! So you can't see the clock at night??? You can see it during the day.Mark IV dash as supplied with the kit. Added a fuel pressure gauge (Gen1 Coyote) and oil temp. In hindsight it is too many gauges for the eyes to deal with. Probably should have ditched the oil temp and clock. The clock is useless at night because the hands aren't illuminated.... To meet Australian design rules, I had to fit the following:
Below dash is:
- 2x indicator lamps for turn signals.
- Brake fluid warning lamp.
- Parking brake lamp.
- MIL indicator lamp .
- Seat belt warning lamp.
- Twist switches or rockers only, no toggle switches allowed.
- self cancelling indicators.
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- Heater control (Factory five)
- ECU isolator
- Main isolator
- Remote brake bias adjuster (Wilwood)
Directly below odometer is small push buttons for odometer settings and clock set. These are hidden by the indicator stalk and steering wheel, so dont really detract from 60's look. large push button is for horn.
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I attached (5 or 6?) right angle brackets to the backside of the dash as well as right angle brackets with 5mm nutserts to the dash hoop. This allowed me to hide the fastening screws. Worked perfectly. Easy to get to screws if you put them in the right positions. I used the supplied dash padding which has held up ok so far. Didnt fit a glove box because heater was in the way.
You know I am copying that set up, not all but most.Here is mine. Its not perfect. I would probably do a few things differently but hey its my first build and I enjoyed the process.
Speedhut gauges (4 1/2 and 2 5/8). Brown county customs plates. Billet Automotive Buttons ...well... buttons and indicators. Russ Thompson turn signal. 60s mustang replica ignition. Standard light switch. Ford Cobra Jet steering wheel. Alex glovebox.
Still a work in progress.
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I would consider that a compliment.You know I am copying that set up, not all but most.
What is the URL of New Vintage?
Didn't you also have an nGauge? If so, Where did you mount it? I'm updating my Layout and wondering how to get it mounted. Lund is only showing the windshield or A/C mounts on their site and I know they used to offer a cup mount option.To answer the other part of your initial post, I have USB ports under the dash. They are a bit of a challenge to reach but I wanted them hidden. They are part of the under dash plate I made. I also have ports in the trunk. The trunk is wired hot so if I wanted to charge something like (my phone) and be locked in the trunk. I stole the integrated switch to run a led light strip in the trunk.
I also do have a stereo system. I know many people debate it but its whats I wanted. Mostly just for slow speed and parking lots. However I didn't really want it to be seen so it has no head unit. It is just a Kenwood Bluetooth amp. Audio will only come streamed from my phone. Speakers are tucked away the best I could.