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Installing Covan's Carbon-Fiber-Look Plug and Play Cluster

There's more to bringing a 20- or 30-year-old Chevy back to life than drivetrain and suspension upgrades. Sure, those may be the main focus of a rodstoration, but there are also a lot of other things to consider. One thing we'd like to focus on here pertains to this particular vehicle's cockpit--actually its dashboard and instrument cluster to be more specific.

If you read SUPER CHEVY at least occasionally then I'm sure you've seen many-a-feature-vehicle sporting some really nice instrument clusters that were manufactured by Covan's Classic Automotive Specialties. Well, so did our Publisher, and he decided that he'd just have to make one of these cool clusters a part of the rodstoration of his '79 pickup. Well, being the nice guy that I am, I stepped up to the plate and volunteered to do the install for him. He accepted my offer, and the rest is, as they say, history.

Within a couple of days, deliveries began to arrive at my home shop. First came the cluster assembly from Covan's, a really nice looking piece in a carbon fiber design. Now when I say assembly, I mean assembly. Covan's cluster's come complete with everything you'll need to do the install, including a full complement of Auto Meter instruments, sending units for said instruments, and even a complete plug-and-play wiring harness manufactured for Covan's by American Autowire. Next came a replacement dash pad, a couple of A/C registers and billet insert from Chevy Duty, a cool digital gearshift indicator from Lokar, and an awesome steering wheel and billet adaptor from Lecarra.

The install was actually easy in all respects. The components fit the way they should and there were no hiccups along the way - in fact, the hardest part of the upgrade for me was finding the spare time to live up to my installation offer. Given the space allotted here the following will give you a good idea of how you'll spend a portion of a weekend if you choose this or a similar install for yourself. Check it out.

LeCarra Steering Wheels
711 Industrial Ln.
P.O. Box 5254
TN  37841
Chevy Duty Truck Parts
1 Chevy Duty Dr., Dept. SC
Kansas City
MO  64150
Covan's Classic Automotive Specialties
6020 Parkway North Dr., Bldg. A
Suite 300/400, Dept. SC
GA  30040
Lokar Performance Products
10924 Murdock Dr.
TN  37932
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