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    Ideas for aftermarket gauge placement on a '70 Deville?

    On my '70 Deville, I want to add mechanical oil pressure, water temp, voltmeter gauges. The standard thing to do is buy the triple gauge set and put them under the dash. The location of the fuse panel is right in the center above the trans tunnel, don't really want to put them there as it restricts fuse panel access, not that I'm expecting to be in the panel a bunch. Don't really want to put it under the radio area either, too close to my long legs. Just not a friendly place under the dash for gauges on that car. Any suggestions as to where to put them? I've been thinking of making some kind of console/drink holder and have the gauges in that, kinda like the under dash gauges in a '69 Camaro. I like to keep an eye on the engine mechanicals. Also want to add a tach as well. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

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    I've actually had the same idea for my 70 Calais. Thought about some that would match my interior color and hold king size cups.

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    Re: Ideas for aftermarket gauge placement on a '70 Deville?

    There isn't much real estate on the 69/70 panels.

    Here's a thought - something I wanted to try on the 74-76 panel.
    Take a donor panel and perhaps modify it to have gauges the way Cadillac might have done it - if it were an optional extra.

    Perhaps snipping a few "squares" and circles near the speedo/gas gauge.

    Maybe using some CAD software or hand drawings to lay it out first. Might be kinda cool.

    I remember seeing a Ford LTD panel on a police car, circa 1975 and while the civilian panel was light on info, the police panel had gauges in all the
    available blank spots that were "no mans land" on the civilian car.
    Just a thought.

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    Re: Ideas for aftermarket gauge placement on a '70 Deville?

    In the middle by the fuse panel mite be the best idea. Could make it removeable for when you need to get to the fuses and/or put the panel on a piano type hinge so that you could tilt it when you want to. Could have it retracted back under the panel for normal driving so it doesn't spoil the look but then bring it forward for when you want to see what the engine is doing.
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    Re: Ideas for aftermarket gauge placement on a '70 Deville?

    For that to work I would use an electric oil pressure gauge, not mechanical. Mechanical uses a light weight nylon line and pivoting that could cause a gusher into the car! How about using wing nuts rather than nuts/ bolts. Wing nuts could be spun off to allow the panel to drop away easily.

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    Re: Ideas for aftermarket gauge placement on a '70 Deville?

    Oh yes, I agree. No oil lines in the passenger compartment. Use all electric gauges. Easy to move around and thin enough to fold out of the way. Or go digital if you like.
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    Re: Ideas for aftermarket gauge placement on a '70 Deville?

    If you take out the ash tray you can put a single gauge in it's place. I did my oil pressure this way. Works great and it's concealable.

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