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9 hours ago, FrankRizzo said:

Cool gauges!

 

What are those? I'd like to try something like that!!

 

Thanks, gauges are from speedhut like you have in your ride!

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8 hours ago, Rat-a-tat-Dat said:

The gauges are sic.

I've changed my dash once and the replacement is now showing major stress too. Friggin UV's.

Wiring takes patience and time, but well worth the effort. Well done!

Does the Subaru alternator have a higher amperage output for your upgraded lighting?

Wow, looks like you may have brought home some castaways in that heater box.

That's disgusting, who crapped in your rad? A systems flush for sure.

 

Keep'er going...

Thanks! Wiring is a pain but as long as I get a couple of things done each weekend it'll go by fast. The alternator is 60 amp. There were plenty of options for more but I went with this because it has the same connector as stock and it's a direct swap, I didn't have to grind or modify anything.

 

The core was really gross, and when I changed hoses those were not great either so I'd like to do a full flush whenever I get more together.

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I like the speedhut gauges and the way they look. Do you have detailed pics of what you did to install them? It probably won't happen right away, but doing that gauge conversion is something I have been thinking about for a bit now.

 

Don

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8 minutes ago, 620slodat said:

I like the speedhut gauges and the way they look. Do you have detailed pics of what you did to install them? It probably won't happen right away, but doing that gauge conversion is something I have been thinking about for a bit now.

 

Don

I don't have pictures when installing them, but I can take some of the back. It's a pretty easy install for the dash bezel. I haven't gotten to complete the wiring part of them set. The gauge has a big lock ring type nut on the back and you just take that off slide it in the dash and out the lock ring back on again. 

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Thank you for the quick reply. That sounds like what i was hoping for. From the pictures I've seen it did appear that the Speedhut gauges had a screw on ring on the back, and it is good to know that the back of the Datsun bezel fits the gauges good. If it isn't very difficult for you pics of the back of the bezel with the gauges in place would be good. The wiring for the gauges shouldn't be very difficult. I'm not a wiring wizard, but if I have the time to build a mental picture first then wiring won't be real hard (I'm very vizually oriented). My 1994 Chevy pickup didn't have the wiring for power mirrors, and I added the wiring as close to original GM as possible (involved removing the dash).

 

Don

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On 4/14/2019 at 8:36 PM, FrankRizzo said:

Cool gauges!

 

What are those? I'd like to try something like that!!

 

Frank, You already have speed hut gauges.

 

 

 

Slodat. Franks post under 74 Cactus has some pics of installation of gauges

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I just looked up the gauge install pics (pg 3, 14th post from the top, I don't have post numbers visible on my page on my computer). Thank you Farmer! Very good information there. Looks very easy. Does the 4th pic show the difference in reflection between the domed glass lens on the tach and the flat plastic lens on the speedometer? I am partial to glass as it won't scratch as easy as plastic, but there is a difference in reflectivity there. Maybe Frank will chime in and comment on the gauges. Also, the gas tank level sender was listed as 90-0 ohms which is good information.

 

By the way (slight turn away from the subject), where at in GP are you located? I spent 2 years there from the summer of 1971 to the summer of 1973. For the first few months I lived in town, then I moved out to Murphy. At the time Josephine County was one of the poorest/lowest wage counties in the state. Since then the town has changed and grown a lot.

 

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8 hours ago, 620slodat said:

I just looked up the gauge install pics (pg 3, 14th post from the top, I don't have post numbers visible on my page on my computer). Thank you Farmer! Very good information there. Looks very easy. Does the 4th pic show the difference in reflection between the domed glass lens on the tach and the flat plastic lens on the speedometer? I am partial to glass as it won't scratch as easy as plastic, but there is a difference in reflectivity there. Maybe Frank will chime in and comment on the gauges. Also, the gas tank level sender was listed as 90-0 ohms which is good information.

 

By the way (slight turn away from the subject), where at in GP are you located? I spent 2 years there from the summer of 1971 to the summer of 1973. For the first few months I lived in town, then I moved out to Murphy. At the time Josephine County was one of the poorest/lowest wage counties in the state. Since then the town has changed and grown a lot.

 

South West side 3 mile down Redwood Ave.  Still one of the poorest counties even with pot money. Rent and property high.

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Thank you for the reply. So you are somewhere between the community college and the end of the four lanes. Beautiful area. When I first moved there I was used to the open spaces of the Willamette Valley and didn't like the area, but it didn't take really long for it to grow on me. Good thing I didn't have the Datsun pickup at that time, I probably would have spent all my extra money, and then some more, on driving the area to get to know it (including the logging roads). Fuel mileage is why I am now SLOWLY building up the 1973 with a diesel motor, hoping to be able to afford spending a little more time on the roads in the state.

 

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The downside to the speedhut gauges are the glare from the lens. The domed lens in almost unusable in bright sunlight because there is not much hood/shading in the stock 620 holes. The flat lens makes it a little better - but there is still some glare. They work great at night though!

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