02-04-2006, 05:12:20 PM
The motor in my '71 has been completed after blowing a rod.
I remember a member posting a thread regarding removing the clock and replacing it with an oil pressure gauge.
But I can't remember who it was.
Has anyone done this before? If so, what brand did you buy and what size is needed. If my memory serves me correctly , some widening of the clock hole had to be done in order for the gauge to fit correctly.
If you have done this, I would appreciate any responses so that I can do the same.
02-04-2006, 05:37:21 PM
Someone here posted recently that you can use the oil pressure gauge out of the 70s-early 80s Chevy pickups if you want one that will run with an electrical sender and look almost exactly like the Camaro gauges.
Or, if you want a mechanical gauge, look at the aftermarket gauges until you find one the right size and looks similar to the factory Camaro gauges.
02-04-2006, 06:44:12 PM
Although not a clock replacement I found an off the shelf two gauge cluster (side by side) that fit great in place of the ash tray. Hand bent a bracket and was up in running in no time.
02-04-2006, 09:33:19 PM
Yo! I'm doing a slightly different project: converting my '76 idiot light dash panel to gauges, but my 1.5" diam. Autogauges drop right into the openings in the Camaro instrument carrier. Autogauge #2354 is a 1.5" diam. electrical oil pressure gauge that's available from Summit Racing for cheap. Todd.
02-04-2006, 10:44:46 PM
I opted for a mechanical option out of a Wallyworld cheap cluster. This would not be for everybody but the gauge is just the right size, it fit BEHIND the factory lens bezel so it is completly inside of the carrier and lens. If you do it I would recommend (and need to change mine to) copper tubing running from the intake to the back of the gauge.
The cheap 3 gauge set was able to be separated, I bought the whole set for <$20 and set the ammeter and mechanical temp gauge away. The gauge has a black face with yellow numbers and white lines. I am certain that they still have them if it would work for you.
I have a picture if you would like me to email it.
02-05-2006, 05:16:32 PM
I did this to my old 78 Type Lt, I ran a mechanical OPG in place of the clock. What I did was gut the cluster where the clock sat and made a hole for the light wires and OP line to come thru. Then I did some grinding on the bezel to make it so the guage fit flush. then I hooked up everything and set it in place. Then I ran the line thru the firewall to a T fitting so that I stll had the oil idiot light working as well as the OPG. But you could do the same thing with an electiral guage.
02-05-2006, 05:34:07 PM
I did. Here's the thread.
02-07-2006, 08:59:19 AM
To all who have replied,
Thanks for your responses. I will review and consider all the recommendations. I thought I knew what I wanted, but after reading the responses, now I'm really in a quandry.....oh well, still got a little bit of time.
02-07-2006, 09:52:08 AM
I did the same thing as you're wanting to do. I got a mechanical gauge (ebay) from an early 70's GM truck. It face looks REAL damn close to the factory camaro gauges. It took a little dremel trimming of the gauge face to fit in the cluster, that's all. I can send you pics later when I get home if you like.