Article Featuted in Chevy Classics Annual 2010
If your style leans more to the restomod as opposed to the 10-point restoration, then your ride is probably a mix of classic style with modern touches. Things like disc brakes, overdrive transmission, coilover suspension, big wheels with sticky rubber and a healthy engine are probably strapped to your ride. So how can you complement all those modern touches on your dash?
A killer set of gauges would be a good start. What if you could also get some needles that just weren't there before like tachometer, oil pressure, and voltage so you won't need that three-gauge set hanging from the dash? Its starting to sound too good to be true, but in actuality you can have all of this in a bolt-in cluster thanks to Classic Instruments' BelEra II Dual Layer set-up. This new cluster features all the gauges you would want in a restomod ride lit up by LED lighting.
The instruments are marine-quality and Air-Core type that are dampened to minimize most of the erratic movements the pointer might be subjected to from road vibration or a big ol' nasty cam. Basically, you get high-grade electronic units like those found in luxury and modern muscle cars.
The BelEra II comes in either black, white, tan, or gray, with a new glass lens. It's wired for ease of installation, and fits directly into the stock '55/'56 chrome bezel. You also get oil and temp sensors, along with a pulse signal generator to convert the cable driven speedo to an electronic unit (it will work with electronic transmissions as well). For the fuel gauge, Classic made that even easier by making the new gauge work with the stock 0-30 ohm sending unit so there is no need to drop the tank. The BelEra II also works with just about any ignition system out there from standard points, HEI, and even magnetos. The instruments are tested and certified for accuracy and quality before being boxed up for shipment. The install is pretty straightforward, requiring minimal tools and basic wiring knowledge. If you can read a simple schematic and crimp on some terminals, you can do it in an afternoon.