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allum. and custom dash how thick???

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by solowookie, Aug 9, 2001.

  1. solowookie

    solowookie 1/2 ton status

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    OK guys, I'm going to be putting a custom bezels in my k5 so I can work in replacements for all the factory gauges, a tach, and also a tranny temp cooler.

    I've seen some other people who have taken a solid piece of brushed alluminum, and then cut the holes out etc. for the gauges.

    my question is how thick of brushed alluminum do you use??? thanks for the info! [​IMG]

    <font color=blue> Jeff - may the force be with you</font color=blue>
     
  2. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    You're in luck. Just today this same question was asked on an e-mail list I belong to. Actually got some good answers and hopefully this will help you out.
    check out www.rexmarine.net
    you might have to call them to get a catalog.Have you looked at Summit? They usually have the best prices and shipping
    is cheap. We use all Autometer and have never had a problem with them.
    12-14 gauge alum works good. I wouldn't go too thin on it. Just put them
    where they fit and be sure you can read them yourself. In a racecar, your
    co-driver can read them, in a prerunner, you might be the only one driving
    it. There is a boat company called rex-marine that sells billet alum. gauge
    mounts that angle the gauges toward you, they are about $10-12 each and look really cool.



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  3. solowookie

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    I've done an aftermarket gauge cluster before, but I just used the stock bezels. using the stock bezels is not gonna work for my next project though. (made it real slick and easy on my first project though)

    thanks for the info.

    <font color=blue> Jeff - may the force be with you</font color=blue>
     
  4. 1986Blazer

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    I am planing, after I get new seats and redo the dash, to install the Auto Meter Pro Comp guages in the factory location. However, I found a stock place that fits a small guage and it hides away nicely. I do not smoke so the ashtray is useless. I am putting my B&amp;M Tranny Temp Guage in the ashtray slot. It hand fits nicely and I am in the process of fabricating a black ABS plastic mount so it looks like a flush mount - the guage will be angled toward the drivers seat. I just thought I'd add this idea.

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/keywestk5/KeyWestK5.html>http://www.geocities.com/keywestk5/KeyWestK5.html</a>
    So I says to him, I said, "get your own monkey."
    1986 K5, 350 GM Crate, 700R4, NP208
     
  5. solowookie

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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    I am planing, after I get new seats and redo the dash, to install the Auto Meter Pro Comp guages in the factory location. However, I found a stock place that fits a small guage and it hides away nicely. I do not smoke so the ashtray is useless. I am putting my B&amp;M Tranny Temp Guage in the ashtray slot. It hand fits nicely and I am in the process of fabricating a black ABS plastic mount so it looks like a flush mount - the guage will be angled toward the drivers seat. I just thought I'd add this idea.

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    actually I think that is a pretty good idea except the fact that I want the tranny temp gauge in the cluster with the rest of my gauges so I can keep an eye on it. if it is in the ash tray then I gotta keep that thing opened to keep an eye on it, or I gotta open and close it all the time (not really something I want to hide away).

    I find myself looking at my VDO gauges a LOT more then I looked at any gauges in any other vehicle I've owned because they are so easy to read. the things are incredible at night cuz they don't hurt your eyes in any way, but man do these thing REALLY light up!

    I definately want my tranny temp gauge in this same area so I'll look at it often, and it will be easy to see.

    <font color=blue> Jeff - may the force be with you</font color=blue>
     
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    I've gotta say-
    Jeff's solowookie gage packege looks awesome!

    If you want it cureved, use some thinner gage stuff, if you want some angles in it, use some thicker stuff. (not really much help, I'm sure you knew that)

    I really just wanted to coment on the gage packege you have now. AND play around with the <font color=red>c</font color=red><font color=white>o</font color=white><font color=blue>l</font color=blue><font color=yellow>o</font color=yellow><font color=green>r</font color=green>s
    Can you tell I just learned how to do the color thing?


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  7. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    One of those e-mails said something about that marine place having bezels.

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    Does anybody make an aftermarket bezel you can buy to put your aftermarket gauges in for our trucks?

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
  9. solowookie

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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    Does anybody make an aftermarket bezel you can buy to put your aftermarket gauges in for our trucks?

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    I tell ya what if they did it would definately make a few things easier. However, if you use 2 1/2" gauges and 4" gauges then it really is cake to put after market gauges in the factory bezels. the only reason I'm not using factory bezels with my ap is because I wanna add an extra gauge in.

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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    I've gotta say-
    Jeff's solowookie gage packege looks awesome!

    If you want it cureved, use some thinner gage stuff, if you want some angles in it, use some thicker stuff. (not really much help, I'm sure you knew that)

    I really just wanted to coment on the gage packege you have now. AND play around with the colors
    Can you tell I just learned how to do the color thing?

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    hey, you really are having fun with that color thing hugh??? LOL [​IMG]

    hey thanks for the comp on the gauges... [​IMG]

    <font color=blue> Jeff - may the force be with you</font color=blue>
     
  11. BurbinOR

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    Check out the LMC truck catalog............I almost bought an aluminum bezel from them...........pretty nice looking unit.

    <font color=blue>'79 ONE TON TPI K5 - See it at---&gt;<a target="_blank" href=http://www.blazzinor.rockcrawler.com>www.blazzinor.rockcrawler.com</a>
     
  12. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Here's some more info I've picked up.
    There are three different companies that make the angled guage bezels. You
    can get them in pretty much any anodized or fusion coated color. The flat
    bezels are about $10 - $12 each and the angled ones ranges from $16 - $20
    each depending on the sizes.

    The three companies are Rex Marine, Eddie Marine, and Dana Marine Products.
    They only sell wholesale, so you will need to go to a "custom" boat shop in
    your area to order them. If you can't find somebody in your area to get
    them for you let me know. I can order them for you, but by the time they
    are shipped here then repackaged and shipped to you it would cost more than
    finding some one in your area.


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  13. solowookie

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    hey thanks for the info, and I'll let ya know if I can't find somebody here that I can get them from.

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  14. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    No problemo.

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