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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by zx672, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. zx672

    zx672 Registered Member

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    Hello all, I just purchased 84 K-5 and was wondering if anyone on this message board has cutomized thier instrument panel with different guages. Is thier a conversion kit, or does everything have to be custom fabricated. Any help will be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
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    To my knowledge there is no conversion, most are fabbed up, not much to it. The biggest problem I have heard of is supporting the backs of the gauges.

    BTW, welcome to the board. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    TJ, the first link you posted was Mike Ervin's setup. Mike is the "father" of 73-87.com (from NC), and was the first to do the swap. a few months ago Mike handed the site over to Jeff Dodge (from MN). Jeff did a similar setup on his truck, and posted it to the site as well.

    both are members of www.67-72chevytrucks.com if you've got any questions about either setup, i'm sure both guys would be more than willing to answer them for you. they're both awesome guys.

    Mike - Swervin Ervin
    Jeff - bigblock73
     
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    i thought it was still mikes site /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    zx672 Registered Member

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    Thanks for the info, this was exactly what I was looking for.

    Thanks again....
     
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    I had an old Laguna(chevelle) once where I took the factory gauge hole and opened up the rear a bit until the 2 5/8 gauges pushed in and stopped at bezel of gauge, looked nice flush with dash bezel. Then I made an opening in the plastic housing behind dash bezel. Our truck dashes are similar. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Anybody know where to get the dash overlay for the surface mount? Looked EVERYWHERE, or at least I think I did.
     
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    im preaty sure lmc truck has them
     
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    I had this same question, and pretty much the 2 options. 1 is to buy a new instrument cluster from dakota digital (http://www.dakotadigital.com/Detail.cfm/-/Category=82/PartNumber=VFD3-73C-PU/product.htm). they make one for K5 blazers that fit into the stock location, and come with all new digital gauges, but its a bit pricey. The other option is to fabricate your own setup (which is what I ended up doing), which isn't too hard, but it is a bit of a pain. On the good side there a bunch links to what many people have done. I know big83chevy4x4 already posted this link, but this is pretty much what I did http://www.73-87.com/7387garage/interior/gauge_surface.htm

    I got all Sport-Comp autometer gauges, and to make life a little easier, also got the universal guage harness that painless wiring makes at http://www.painlesswiring.com/connectr.htm

    that made the re-wiring of all the new guages a ton easier.
     
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    Covans classics makes a kit for it. It is not on their web site yet but in htere magazine advertisments they say they have them you just have to call in. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    They've got the 73-87 truck panels there ( Covan's ) now. I'm not happy with the low-light readability of the stock gauges, even with the dimmer all the way up. :mad1: It's not exactly a C6 Vette gauge set when it comes to being easy to read at night.

    I'm probably going to get one of these Covan's panels with very large gauges (the tach would be nice too), but first I think I'll try LED replacements in the gauge illumination bulb slots and see if that improves things. I'll use some PlastX on the clear gauge lenses and see if I can buff some clarity in, that might help as well.
     
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    250 cash for those things? :confused: sorry i wont pay that much for flush mounted unit. :mad:

    i made my own from stock unit for under 5 bucks and 1 hour time.

    gauge cluster 001.jpg
     
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    How much for the gauge set/sending units/assorted wiring?
     
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    holy ancient posts batman!

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    diggy,
    You just subscribed to a thread that has been dead for 3 1/2 years. The jumbling of numbers above the screen name is a date of the post.
     
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    i was only subscribing cause i need info from inside the thread. is there a better way to recall this thread without doing a search. I didn't really even look at the date on it, just the content I needed.

    sorry about that
     

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